Promoter Sues Rain

In the wake of a recent federal court decision ordering Korean pop singer Rain to pay $8 million to Hawaiian promoters for canceling a 2007 concert in Honolulu, the singer has been slapped with another lawsuit from within his home country.

Star M, a Korean concert promotion company, is seeking 4.57 billion won ($3.34 million) in compensation from Rain and his former agent, JYP.

The suit claims that the singer and his agency at the time failed to properly notify Star M about a copyright challenge from a Beatles tribute band that owned the rights to the name “Rain” for performance purposes in the United States.

Star M paid 10 billion won ($7.32 million) to Rain for the exclusive rights to host his world tour, but 16 of the planned concerts on the tour were canceled.

The company says the cancellation caused it “significant financial damage” and has hurt its reputation. So far, neither Rain nor JYP has responded to the suit.

The Star M suit was filed in Seoul Central District Court March 30.