In one of those stories that is obviously far more complex than it looks, Lady Gaga is being sued by a Michigan law firm for over charging fans for shipping costs and pocketing some of the proceeds for a series of wristbands she designed and sold for victims of the Japanese Tsunami.
There is little mercy in the world of big business and even in charity there is little space for error. We find it hard to believe that Gaga, who cant be short of a bob or two, would rip off a charity, even after finding out she only earned about one hundred quid from Spotify for royalties last year.
According to a suit filled by the law firm, Lady Gaga overcharged fans for shipping costs and pocketed a portion of the proceeds. The “We Pray For Japan”Â wristbands were being sold for $5, plus $3.99 for shipping and handling, and 60 cents for taxes.
The law firm says they have contacted Gaga’s representatives who refused to disclose how much was being “retained”Â by the pop star.
“When you use your celebrity and your power as a musician to take money from people under false pretences, that’s just wrong,”Â firm member Alyson Oliver said. “When we tried to communicate with the defendants in this lawsuit, all we got was, ”ËWell, some of the money is being retained, but we don’t really know how much’, is the essence of the response that we got.”Â
The lawsuit is seeking $5 million in compensation and statutory damages, including a refund for all of the plaintiffs who bought wristbands, which are still for sale via Gaga’s official website.