Steven Dyki Obtains Reimbursement Of Attorneys’ Fees And Public Apology For Professional Singer From
On July 19, 2016, Steven Dyki negotiated a settlement that included a reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and a public apology for a professional singer who was a defendant in a breach of contract case in Bonfante v. Nevone, Index No. 62953/2014 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk County). The plaintiff, an attorney and professional drummer, claimed that he formulated the idea for a tribute band based on the music of the artist known as “Pink,” and that he entered into a legally binding contract with one of the co-defendants to form the band. The plaintiff claimed, among several allegations, that our client, Collette McLafferty, a professional singer, and the co-defendants breached the contract and stole his idea for the band. The complaint contained 112 pages, 562 paragraphs, and 42 causes of action and sought $10 million in damages. After obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims against Ms. McLafferty, Mr. Dyki assisted in the negotiation of a settlement that included reimbursement of attorneys’ fees incurred by Ms. McLafferty, a public apology from the plaintiff to Ms. McLafferty, and testimony in open court by Ms. McLafferty regarding the impact of the frivolous lawsuit on her personal life.