Founder of now shuttered music service MOG David Hyman is suing Beats Electronics for upwards of $20 million, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday.

Hyman joined Beats after the company purchased the MOG streaming music service back in 2012, which eventually evolved into the current Beats Music service. Hyman said he was fired after trying to get rid of a “problematic” employee a bit less than a year after the MOG acquisition.

Under Hyman’s contract, Beats agreed to pay him 2.5 percent of current equity — with 1 percent of that due after his first year with the company. However, since he was fired before that time, Hyman never got that equity.

The lawsuit comes a week after news broke that Apple was rumored to be in final discussions to acquire Beats for $3.2 billion. And while neither Apple nor Beats has confirmed the rumor, it makes sense that Hyman would want take action in the event that Beats changes hands. (Also, Apple’s lawyers have to be much harder to go up against than Beats’.)

Via The Wrap

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Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. Apple software includes:... read more »

Beats Music is a music streaming service spun out of Beats Electronics and into its own company in early 2013. The core experience will be centered around curated playlists created by musicians and music writers. It is currently in pri... read more »

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