After two years of legal battle, former EXO members Kris and Luhan’s lawsuit with SM Entertainment has finally come to a conclusion.
The court has recommended reconciliation and Chinese duo will continue to be under SM Entertainment until 2022, when their original contracts expire.
Kris left the K-pop boyband in 2014, right before they kicked off their first concert tour. He cited preferential treatment given to Korean members and unfair profit distribution as some of the reasons for filing for an injunction.
Luhan, on the other hand, left a few months later and cited the same reasons when he filed a lawsuit to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment.
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The legal battle went on for two years, as the parties involved couldn’t come to a compromise. The Korean entertainment company had sued the duo for taking on projects and promoting “illegally”, since they were still contractually bound to the agency. Since they left the band, Kris and Luhan have been actively promoting in China as singers and actors, and Kris even shot a Hollywood film recently.
Yesterday, the court finally came to a ruling. Although the duo would still be a part of SM Entertainment, the agency will outsource management of their activities outside Korea and Japan. In addition, they would have to give the company a cut of their revenue.
Korean news portal OSEN reported that a source from SM Entertainment clarified that the duo will not be promoting as part of EXO.
The verdict was unexpected, as SM Entertainment had lost previous injunction lawsuits involving former Super Junior member Han Geng, as well as former TVXQ members, Jaejoong, Junsu and Yoochun, who later formed their own band, JYJ.
Kris and Luhan’s side have yet to comment on the verdict.
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