Paramore + Former Bassist Jeremy Davis Are in a Legal Battle Over Royalties
Varoom Whoa, the company under which Paramore operates, filed a preemptive lawsuit against Davis in February, claiming the erstwhile bassist was an employee of the company as opposed to a partner. The difference would determine whether or not Davis receives an unknown portion of royalties not only from his time in the band but also potentially going forward. Davis filed a countersuit on Friday (March 4).
Frontwoman Hayley Williams was the only member of the band to sign Paramore’s contract with Atlantic. The band’s lawsuit asserts Williams is the sole owner of Varoom Whoa and paid all other band members as employees.
“Because she wanted to foster a feeling of camaraderie within the band, at her direction, the band members’ salaries included a portion of Williams’ earnings,” the lawsuit reads (via the Tennessean).
Davis co-founded Paramore with Williams and brothers Josh and Zac Farro in 2008. His countersuit claims both he and Williams were partners in the company, and he held additional responsibilities, including hiring musicians and stage crew, managing staging and lighting and other duties.
“Thereafter, and at all times relevant hereto, Davis, Williams and [Taylor] York shared equally in all net profits generated by the partnership, from any and all sources, including but not limited to the Atlantic agreement,” Davis’ countersuit reads.
Davis appeared on all four Paramore albums between their 2005 debut All We Know Is Falling and their 2013 eponymous effort. The Farro brothers left the band in 2010. When announcing Davis' departure in December, Williams and York called the breakup "really painful" but promised to continue on without the bassist.