In 1984, when Andrew Kavovit was 12 years of age, he and his parents entered into a contract with…

In 1984, when Andrew Kavovit was 12 years of age, he and his parents entered into a contract with Scott Eden Management whereby Scott Eden became the exclusive personal manager to supervise and promote Andrew’s career in the entertainment industry. This agreement ran from February 8, 1984, to February 8, 1986, with an extension for another three years to February 8, 1989. It provided that Scott Eden was entitled to a 15 percent commission on Andrew’s gross compensation. It stated, “With respect to contracts entered into by [Andrew]… during the term of this agreement… [Scott Eden] shall be entitled to [its] commission from the residuals or royalties of such contracts, the full term of such contracts, including all extensions or renewals thereof, notwithstanding the earlier termination of this agreement.” In 1986, Andrew signed an agency contract with the Andreadis Agency, a licensed agent selected by Scott Eden pursuant to industry requirements. This involved an additional 10 percent commission. Thereafter, Andrew signed several contracts for his services. The most important contract, from a financial and career point of view, secured a role for Andrew on As the World Turns, a long-running television soap opera. Income from this employment contract appears to have begun on December 28, 1987, and continued through December 28, 1990, with a strong possibility for renewal. One week before the contract with Scott Eden was to expire, Andrew’s attorney notified Scott Eden that his “clients hereby disaffirm the contract on the grounds [sic] of infancy.” Up until then, the Andreadis Agency had been forwarding Scott Eden its commissions, but by letter of February 4, 1989, Andrew’s father advised Andreadis that Andrew’s salary would go directly to Andrew and that he would send Andreadis its 10 percent. No further commissions were sent to Scott Eden. Was Scott Eden legally entitled to commissions for contracts entered into by Andrew during the term of his contract with Scott Eden?

 

 

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