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

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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.

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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.