Twiin Productions, the firm behind the West Beach Music & Arts Festival in Santa Barbara, has fired back in a legal battle of band bookers taking place on the South Coast.
In August, Jackie Kane, another concert organizer, sued Twiin. She alleged that she’d been frozen out of her share of the 2008 festival and barred from working on the 2009 festival as she’d been promised. She asked for $500,000.
Joshua and Jeremy Pemberton, the owners of Twiin, have countersued. They also have been granted a motion disqualify Kane’s lawyer because his firm had inside knowledge of one of the defendant’s books from prior work the firm had done.
In suing back, the Pembertons allege they paid Kane the $35,000 that she was owed. They also allege that Kane slandered them in the music industry and tried to take over their company.
In a release, Twiin said the 2009 West Beach festival had 33,000 attendees and that ticket sales have been strong for the 2010 event.