NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NEWSnet/AP) — A judge sided with Daryl Hall on Thursday in his request to keep John Oates blocked temporarily from his share of the Hall & Oates duo’s joint venture without his partner’s permission.

Chancellor Russell Perkins in Nashville extended a pause on the sale of Oates’ share of Whole Oats Enterprises LLP to Primary Wave IP Investment Management LLC, as the music duo moves through early stages of arbitration.

The temporary injunction in the lawsuit filed by Hall blocks Oates from selling until an arbitrator weighs in, or until Feb. 17, 2024.

The joint venture in question includes Hall & Oates trademarks, personal name and likeness rights, record royalty income and website and social media assets, according to a court declaration by Hall.

At a hearing Thursday, Christine Lepera, an attorney for Hall, said she hasn’t heard anything from Oates’ legal team indicating that there’s urgency to close the deal.

“You cannot sell half of a partnership to a third party without the other party’s consent, and that’s just intuitively correct,” Lepera said.

An attorney for Oates, Tim Warnock, said Hall’s claims that Oates went behind his back are untrue.

“Mr. Oates proceeded exactly as he was allowed to proceed,” Warnock said, pointing the judge to their joint business agreement, which remains under seal in the case. “Mr. Hall could have done the exact same thing himself.”

The lawsuit contends that Hall opened an arbitration process on Nov. 9 against Oates and the other defendants in the lawsuit, Oates’ wife, Aimee Oates, as well as Richard Flynn, in their roles as co-trustees of Oates’ trust. Hall was seeking an order preventing them from selling their part in Whole Oats Enterprises to Primary Wave Music. 

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