In the case opened at the California Labor Commission, David Gurley decided against the singer who will continue to pay Rob Prinz for a contract that lasts until 2026.
Prinz receives a commission of between 1.5% and 3% for the concerts that Dion gives during the tour and during her residency in Las Vegas, which means 13 million dollars.
The rate was agreed in a previous arrangement with the artist’s ex-husband, the late Réne Angélil, and continued by manager Aldo Giampaolo.
In 2017, Prinz negotiated a contract with promoter AEG whereby, by 2026, Dion will win $ 272 million from concerts held in Las Vegas, $ 212 million from the tour, plus a $ 5 million bonus for signing the contract.
An audit by Deloitte & Touche described Prinz’s commissions as “exorbitant”. After Giampaolo was fired, her new management fired Prinz when he refused to reduce his percentage.
Céline Dion claimed that Prinz was overpaid and took the case to court.
In a statement released by Billboard, Dion said: “Because Angélil was not here to take my side at the hearing, I feel that Mr Prinz and the ICM agency took advantage of their demands for money … I feel betrayed.”
“I do not say that Mr. Prinz did nothing, but he receives much more for my career than he deserves. Mr. Prinz did not ask to be paid for ten years for a few months’ work, and I never agreed. “
Rick Levy, an ICM lawyer, praised the court’s decision and said Prinz represented the artist in an exemplary manner.
Dion plans to appeal to the California Superior Court, where the case will be tried by a jury.