On September 13, the 47th Civil Court of the Seoul Central District Court announced that it has postponed delivering its final judgment on JYJ’s lawsuit against SM Entertainment about whether JYJ’s exclusive contract with SM is valid or not. The court was supposed to deliver its final judgment on September 13 at 10:00 a.m., but the court advised going to arbitration one more time.
JYJ’s attorney reported, “The court advised going to arbitration again. There’s considerable disagreement between the two parties, but the court thinks they can reach an agreement. Spokespersons for the two parties will soon meet again on this.”
SM Entertainment and JYJ have tried to reach an agreement through arbitration several times since May last year. However, they haven’t been able to reach an agreement, and the case was referred to the court.
They both delivered their opinions last May, but their viewpoints were in conflict, so they took the case to court. However, the court again advised going to arbitration.
In 2009, JYJ filed for an injunction against SM Entertainment, citing the invalidity of their exclusive contract with SM. As the court granted it, SM Entertainment asked the court to affirm the validity of the exclusive contract and sued JYJ for damages in April, 2010.
JYJ also filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to have the contract declared invalid, and the court turned down SM’s lawsuit against JYJ in February last year.
The court’s decision clarified that the exclusive contract between JYJ and SM is invalid.