K-pop girl group GWSN have won their first trial to terminate their exclusive contracts with management company The Wave Music.
On January 22, South Korean media Hankyoreh reported that the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of GWSN after representatives from The Wave Music failed to respond to the lawsuit and did not attend the trial.
The report adds that if the agency does not appeal the ruling within 14 days, the ruling will become final and GWSN will be allowed to terminate their contracts with The Wave Music. Representatives from the agency have not responded to the lawsuit or ruling at the time of publication.
In their lawsuit against the agency, GWSN alleged that The Wave Music had neglected the group since 2021. The seven-member group claimed they were evicted from their residence after the agency failed to pay rent from February 2022.
In June of that year, GWSN’s dance practice room was reportedly closed and GWSN’s team of managers and administrative staff left the company.
The lawsuit also alleges that The Wave Music failed to renew the visas of members Miya and Soso, who are from Japan and Taiwan respectively, leading to both members being fined and charged with overstaying their visas.
“[The Wave Music] has neglected the care of [the members] since the last album promotion in June 2021, which made it impossible for [them] to continue working in the entertainment industry,” reads GWSN’s lawsuit, as translated by Koreaboo.
Prior to GWSN’s lawsuit, Swin Lee, who produced the girl group’s last record ‘The Other Side Of The Moon’, had claimed The Wave Music was “gone” and “shut down”. In a live broadcast held in October 2022the manufacturer claimed that the company operated more like a “paper company” than an operational one.
GWSN debuted in 2018 with the single ‘Puzzle Moon’. In May 2021, they came under the management of The Wave Music (formerly known as Kiwi Media Group) under a deal with their first agency, Kiwi Pop. The group’s last comeback was the mini-album ‘The Other Side Of The Moon’, which was also released in May 2021.