Q: How can a musician retaliate against a breach of contract?
I was hired on a verbal contract with three other musicians to perform an 8-week trial run at a location. I was let go after two weeks because of personality conflicts, so I understand.
I held up my end of the agreement by showing up and performing, with a smile on my face. I believe they are in breach of contract. After the trial period was over, they would have been free to replace any or all of us, should the project proceed. The agency who organized this group is located in Minnesota, although their contract specifically relieves them of all legal liability with this situation. The "we'll start the fire, but don't blame us if somebody gets burned" clause.
This situation has cost me $3000 in promised revenue. Could I take either the agency or the person who hired me to small claims court for breach of contract?
A: Before you do that, have a full discussion with a local attorney about this.
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