Lawsuit could be the end of Club Crave

(WMC-TV) - Last month it was the scene of a wild shootout, and Thursday morning the building currently called Club rave was at the center of a big court fight.

During heated proceedings in Chancery Court, attorneys for the Beale Street Development Corporation argued against Miller Memphis Incorporated, which had a lease agreement on 380 Beale, the address for Club Crave.

"The issue is, how to you carry out the terms of that contract?" asked attorney John Candy.

Language in the contract allowed CEO George Miller to pay $100 per month to continue an option to eventually purchased the building.

However, in 2004 Beale Street Development Corporation filed a lawsuit claiming that Miller breached that contract.

"Mr. Miller violated the lease," argued Randal Catron. "He did not pay the rent that he was supposed to pay."

But attorneys for Miller filed their own lawsuit, and both sides have been battling in court ever since.

"We're asking the judge to acknowledge the fact that this family and this corporation has sacrificed for almost 40 years here at this property. and invested millions of doctors in this property," said Miller's attorney, Cylenthia Latoye Miller.

In their counter suit, attorneys for Miller Memphis Incorporated claim that the purchase option for the building should still be on the table. And now, there is another lawsuit from the company behind Club Crave, because Miller had been sub-leasing the building to Club Crave, and it's likely that if Miller loses the lawsuit, the club may have to vacate.

Because a new attorney from out of state did not have proper proof of her credentials, the judge reset the case for November 2.

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