There is a running list of reasons to dislike Starbucks, not least of which is the inability of their baristas to pull a drinkable shot of espresso with that crap they peddle. I submit that the convenience of their public bathrooms has been eclipsed by bad mocha. Now we can add bad mojo to the list too.
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon was jacked by the corporate caffeine colossus when it decided to bail on a deal to sell her latest album in its stores. THR reports that Starbucks had arranged to Simon’s album through a company called Hear Music, but terminated their relationship with the company just five days before Simon’s album was due to be released.
A lawsuit was brought at the end of 2009 in which Simon argued “that Starbucks had a duty to disclose material decision-making that would have a big impact on the marketing and sales of her album.” The judge sided with Starbucks, who claimed they had no obligation to loop Simon in on their business dealings with a third party, but the decision allowed for Simon to appeal.
In her amended case, Simon revealed details that involved more incriminating misrepresentations on the part of Starbucks executives, including face to face “meetings with Alan Mintz, vp of content development at Starbucks, who told her that if she signed with Hear Music, Starbucks would aggressively promote and distribute her albums.”
However, the judge found in favor of Starbucks a second time and dismissed the case. Any rumor about what size Frappuccino® blended “beverage” that judge is addicted too is strictly speculation.
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