Angela Chang wins lawsuit against former companies

Angela Chang

Taiwanese singer-actress Angela Chang has won the court case in which her former management companies, Qing Tian Management Company and Linfair Records, accused her of breaching her contracts with them.

According to reports, the 32-year-old had signed a ten-year contract with Qing Tian in 2002, and agreed to release one album annually. However, Angela later found out that the company had transferred the management rights for her album and performances to Linfair without her knowledge, resulting in messy accounts.

After Linfair failed to support Angela during her family scandal and even accused her of using her heart disease as an excuse, their relationship soured and Angela dissolved her contract in 2011.

Qing Tian and Linfair both took legal action against her, demanding NT$8 million (approximately S$330,000) and NT$26.65 million (approximately S$1.09 million) in compensations.

The case finally came to a close yesterday, when the court ruled that Angela was not guilty of breaching the contract. As her management rights had been transferred to Linfair without her consent, she was at liberty to end the contract.

However, the artiste was told to return Qing Tian the NT$40,000 (approximately S$1669) that had been paid to her in advance.

Angela’s younger sister expressed that they are pleased with the court’s decision, while Linfair refused to comment about the case as they have yet to see the main body of the court verdict.

“But we will definitely continue to appeal, in order to emphasise on the ethics that should be kept to in the music industry,” the company declared.

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