Hall vs. Oats: A Legal Battle in the Music IndustryNovember 22, 2023
Daryl Hall, half of the famous pop-R&B duo Hall & Oates, is reportedly suing his former music partner John Oates. The 77-year-old filed a complaint against Oates on Nov. 16 and was granted a temporary restraining order, set to go into effect on Nov. 30. The lawsuit allegedly involves a contract breach related to royalties and Oates performing their music during his solo shows. The pair had previously been in arbitration, and the legal action seems to indicate a soured relationship. The Nashville Chancery Court confirmed the lawsuit but declined further comment, as the case has been sealed. In a 2022 podcast, Hall discussed his relationship with Oates, emphasizing their separate creative paths and the challenges of being part of a duo. Despite their differing directions, Hall & Oates toured together as recently as October 2022.