Malu Trevejo Granted Injunction Excusing Her From Recording Contract
The teenage Cuban-American social-media star has asserted her contract with Universal Music Latin is void on grounds she was underage when she signed the deal and it was never certified by the court.
A circuit court in Miami has granted a motion filed by recording artist Malu, asking to disaffirm her obligations under her recording agreement with Universal Music Latino, a division of UMG Recordings.
According to the ruling handed down July 27, “UMG is enjoined and restrained from asserting or claiming to either Malu or to any third party that Malu owes any further recording services in favor of UMG.”
The injunction is, however, only effective if a $25,000 bond is posted within 30 days of the ruling.
Earlier this summer, Malu (real name Maria Luis Trevejo) asserted her contract with Universal Music Latin was void on grounds she was underage when she signed the deal and it was never certified by the court.
Cuban-American social-media star was 14 last year when she signed a recording agreement and co-management agreement with the Universal Music Latin imprint In-Tu Linea, run by CEO Jorge Pino.
In a reply to Trevejo's lawsuit, UMG argued her age doesn't matter, saying the agreements were with a corporation, MELLC -- owned by the teenage singer's mother and represented by her attorney -- not with Malu personally.
"MELLC is not a minor and has no basis for disaffirmance of its contractual obligations to UMG," stated the June 27 reply.
The July 27 ruling, however, found that Malu "will suffer irrevocable harm absent an injunction, because she is unable to obtain any work in her chosen field.”
UMG did not provide additional comment.