So You Think You Can Dance

Mary Murphy loses second lawsuit against ex-manager

A judge in San Diego threw out Mary Murphy‘s lawsuit against her ex-manager Michael Sanchez on November 9, 2012. This is Mary’s second loss against Sanchez in court. On November 8, a judge ordered Mary to pay her ex-manager $205,160, after she failed to issue a response to his “Sexaholic” lawsuit against her.

Oh no, Mary!

Via Press Release:

Mary Murphy loses second lawsuit against ex manager

Via Press Release:

Last Friday (November 9th), Judge Meyer threw out Mary Murphy’s false and vindictive San Diego lawsuit against Michael Sanchez and axis | management.

This is the second major legal victory, following Judge Horn’s recent judgment in Sanchez’ Los Angeles lawsuit against Murphy. In that case, Murphy was ordered to pay $205,000.00, plus 10% of future earnings from So You Think You Can Dance which Sanchez says “is exactly what I earned, not a penny more not a penny less.”

After the San Diego judgment, Sanchez said, “Despite Mary’s desperate attempts to twist the facts and her vicious attacks in the media, I stayed silent for three long years because every word in my lawsuit is true, and mountains of evidence proved it.”

Although Sanchez is “thrilled” with the results, he cautions against celebration because “The victories are bittersweet and came at a very high cost. We won in the courtroom but I lost a good friend who is still clearly struggling.”

According to an unsourced media report, after decisively losing both cases, Murphy’s attorney, Leah Saffian, claims “she got her dates screwed up,” implying that is the reason Sanchez won the Los Angeles case. This attempt at spin completely ignores the fact that Sanchez’ legal team filed a detailed Complaint and presented specific evidence proving each of the claims against Murphy.

The strange “I screwed up” explanation after the Los Angeles ruling also fails to mention Friday’s crushing loss in San Diego, in which Saffian also claimed personal issues, “failings or naiveté” caused her to miss hearings and deadlines.

Prior to their 2010 split, Sanchez and Murphy worked hard to build a successful, multi-million-dollar brand. Sanchez says “We should be proud of what we accomplished together.” Since then, Murphy has received stunningly bad advice from a revolving door of managers, agents, publicists and attorneys. Sanchez hopes the court decisions against her will “prompt Mary to get the help she needs so we can all move on from this painful chapter.”

Sanchez sincerely thanks his legal team, led by Steve Krakowsky, for their “tireless effort” and his family, friends, clients and colleagues for their “loyalty and never wavering support.”

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