We thought this issue was water under the bridge, but when money is involved, it's hard to forgive and forget.
More than three years after the song "Tardy for the Party" became an unlikely novelty dance hit for former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Kim Zolciak, producer and current RHOA cast member Kandi Burruss is suing Zolciak for not compensating her properly for her work. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, Burruss and co-writer Rodney Richards are seeking "damages for copyright infringement due to Defendants' unauthorized and unlawful licensing, distribution and sale of Plaintiffs' creative works, namely a sound recording embodying a performance of a musical composition entitled 'Tardy for the Party.'" The song, in which Zolciak's daughter Brielle gets songwriting credit, sold 102,000 copies, the lawsuit said. This issue was a major plot point on the show season three, which aired in 2010 and 2011. On the show, Burruss complained that Zolciak hadn't paid her what she was due for her work producing and co-writing the song. The conflict was addressed yet again last year during the season four reunion show though it appeared Burruss was ready to put it behind her. [...] In past news stories, Burruss said she had been paid only a one-time $4,000 fee. According to a Hollywood Reporter story in 2011, Burruss "didn't have an agreement in place concerning royalties but also because she handed over rights to Bravo." [...] Fellow "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast mate Phaedra Parks is representing Burruss.Kandi is seeking unspecified punitive damages, a temporary restraining order to prevent future sales of the single, and an order requiring “destruction of all copies of the Infringing Single and any other product of Defendants that infringe Plaintiffs copyrights.” What say you, Linnethia?
source: Access Atlanta