Daryl Hall accuses John Oates of ‘ultimate partnership betrayal’ for his plan to sell stake in business


Daryl Hall has accused his longtime music partner John Oates of committing the “ultimate partnership betrayal” by planning his share of the Hall & Oates duo’s joint venture without the other’s permission, Hall said in a court declaration supporting his lawsuit to keep the transaction paused.

The declaration was filed in a Nashville chancery court on Wednesday where Hall also lamented the deterioration of his relationship with and trust in his musical partner of more than half-century. The joint venture in the question includes Halls & Oates trademarks, record royalty incomes, website and social media assets, personal name and likeness rights, as per the declaration.

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the sale of Oates’ stake in Whole Oats Enterprise LLP to Primary Wave IP Investment Management LLC. Meanwhile legal proceedings and a previously initiated arbitration continue.


Derek Crownover, an attorney representing Oates, has previously said the musician’s team will come together to work towards a resolution that makes sense for all involved, but for now we plan the fact and let the law and court play their part.