Britney Spears Named in $10M Breach of Contract Lawsuit

A $10 million breach of contract lawsuit has been filed against Britney Spears by a licensing firm that helped the singer launch a line of perfumes marketed by Elizabeth Arden Inc.

According to Los Angeles Superior Court documents, Brand Sense Partners filed the breach of contract lawsuit Wednesday, naming the pop-star and her father Jamie Spears as defendants. Spears’ father is the conservator of the singer’s estate.

Brand Sense brokered Spears’ contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc. in 2004, according to the complaint. The lawsuit states the licensing firm stood to receive a 35 percent commission on any resulting Spears-branded fragrances. The cosmetics manufacturer released a line of Spears perfumes, including “Britney Spears’ Radience,” “Curious,” and “Midnight Fantasy.”

The lawsuit alleges that Brand Sense “generated millions of dollars in revenue for Ms. Spears when she otherwise would have had little or none.” Spears, however, asked Elizabeth Arden Inc. to send all the product royalties to her, according to the complaint. The plaintiffs claim that, when confronted, Jamie Spears said the 35 percent commission was excessive and his daughter would not pay.

The suit also contends that Spears “secretly made a separate deal with Elizabeth Arden in a sneaky, under-handed effort to circumvent and evade its obligations to Brand Sense.”

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