Experience Hendrix, LLC v. Last Experience, Inc. (2017) 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3162

Defended producer of a Jimmy Hendrix concert film in a litigation against the Hendrix estate involving claims for breach of contract/rescission. The lawsuit, filed by Hendrix’s estate through its company Experience Hendrix LLC, relates to a half-century old deal between Hendrix and Gerald Goldstein to film the performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which took place in February 1969. In 2010, Experience Hendrix and The Last Experience agreed to produce the film for theatrical release — but it the deal fell apart over distribution and that prompted the 2011 lawsuit. The estate claimed that Goldstein committed fraud by not disclosing that he’d accept nothing less for the deal than a wide release and sought $4.1 million and a declaration that the estate was the footage’s sole owner.

Goldstein prevailed with a complete defense verdict after a five-day trial and obtained an award of over $300,000 in attorney fees against the Hendrix estate, which was later upheld by the Court of Appeal.