Eric Bischoff, his son Garett Bischoff and his business partner Jason Hervey have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against TNA for the unpaid amount of $114,500.02. The lawsuit was filed in Davidson County, Tennessee on May 15, 2015.
Bischoff and Hervey are listed in the lawsuit under the company name of Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment. They were hired by TNA as executive producers at a base fee of $426,800 per year, which were to be paid out in monthly installments.
The suit claims the two were hired on a “pay or play” basis and are owed $101,500 by TNA for unpaid money from January of 2015 through March of 2015. They are also asking for the cost of “entering this action, including reasonable attorney’s fees.”
Bischoff’s son Garett was originally part of the BHE deal with TNA, but he ended up signing a separate talent contract on October 24, 2012. His deal expired on March 31st of this year and included monthly pay of $2,166.67, also on a “pay or play basis,” along with an additional $500 for paid performances. He is claiming he is owed $13,000.02 by TNA for unpaid compensation for work done from October 2014 through March 2015.
The lawsuit also notes that TNA paid in a timely fashion through September of 2014. BHE lawyers notified the company on November 4, 2014 about a breach of contract over October pay and advised TNA that they had 20 days to fix the situation. They then issued a second notice 20 days later, informing TNA that they had failed to cure the breach.
TNA eventually paid $101,500 on or before January 1, 2015, but BHE is seeking the same amount of unpaid money for the final three months of their deal with TNA, which expired on March 31, 2015.
TNA’s lawyer Guy Blake wrote a letter to BHE on January 12th, however his letter was not included in the lawsuit. BHE lawyer Bryan Lewis responded to the letter and said he did not agree with Blake’s statement that TNA paid BHE in full and that BHE refused to appear as requested by TNA.
Lewis wrote the following:
“When the money was sent, you did not make it clear whether it was in connection with the settlement offer that was on the table or a reinstatement by TNA. TNA did not make a request that BHE perform services when the money was sent.” He went on to write that BHE “stands ready, willing, and able to perform under the agreement in the event TNA is reinstating that agreement.”