New York City Ballet sues over workout video

April 26, 2008 1:41:42 PM PDT
The New York City Ballet is suing a British company, claiming it was cheated over a workout video based on the ballet company's own techniques. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claimed that Palm Pictures Limited failed to pay the ballet company royalties it was owed for the "New York City Ballet Workout."

The video features exercises that are part of the New York City Ballet Workout Book, the suit claimed. The nonprofit ballet company was supposed to receive half of all net receipts, according to the terms of a licensing agreement signed in May 2003, the lawsuit said.

But the ballet company had not received any accounting or payment between June 2005 and last February even though an audit showed it was owed more than $600,000.

The lawsuit asked the court to declare the contracts breached and for unspecified damages to be paid to the ballet company.

Messages left with Palm Pictures for comment were not immediately returned.

In a February letter, Palm Pictures Chief Financial Officer Marty Hillis told the ballet company he rejected the claim that the company's accountings and payments were inaccurate.