Hip hop fans in California and around the country will likely know Belcalis Almanzar better by her stage name Cardi B. The 25-year-old diva was already a reality television star when her debut album ‘Invasion of Privacy” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, but her rapid rise to fame has left her embroiled in an acrimonious legal dispute with the man who says that he discovered her on Instagram and nurtured her career.
Klenord Raphael, who is more widely known by his stage name Shaft, says that he discovered Almanzar on Instagram in 2015 and played a key role in developing and promoting her music. Raphael claims that Almanzar agreed to pay his WorldStar Marketing Group 20 percent of her income in return for these promotional efforts, and his breach of contract lawsuit accuses the singer of cheating him and using social media to smear his name and damage his reputation.
Almanzar has responded with a $15 million countersuit according to media reports. She says that she terminated her one-year deal with WorldStar in writing, and legal observers expect the case to hinge on whether or not she can prove this. Almanzar’s attorneys say that the written notice requirements were substantially complied with. Almanzar also accuses Raphael of violating the terms of their agreement and enriching himself at her expense by entering into unauthorized side deals.
Attorneys with experience in cases involving contract disputes may ensure that written notice requirements are met by stressing the importance of these provisions when agreements are signed. Attorneys could also ensure that written notices are delivered in an appropriate manner and keep a record of the time and date of their delivery. When the parties involved in breach of contract disputes have reputations or public images to protect, attorneys may suggest more cooperative approaches like mediation as an alternative to court.