According to Access Atlanta, Kandi filed a lawsuit on March 12, 2013 in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. Kandi and the song’s co-writer, Rodney Richards, ?are seeking "damages for copyright infringement due to Defendants' unauthorized and unlawful licensing, distribution and sale of Plaintiffs' creative works, namely a sound recording embodying a performance of a musical composition entitled 'Tardy for the Party.’”
In layman's terms, Kandi and her co-writer are pissed that Kim has used the song (their property) without prior consent, and now they want their money’s worth. And while Kim’s daughter, Brielle, actually gets a writing credit on the track, Kandi isn’t satisfied with the one-time $4,000 fee she received for her work.
When the song was recorded back in 2009, Kandi and Kim reportedly made a verbal agreement but never had a written contract. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter from 2011, the pair “didn't have an agreement in place concerning royalties but also because she handed over rights to Bravo.”
And despite the DBT drama, Kandi and Kim actually recorded another song together, “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing” which Kandi chose never to release because they couldn’t agree on proper payment.
Kim has remained somewhat tight-lipped regarding the pending lawsuit, only acknowledging that Brielle did write the song, and tweeting, “People will do anything for publicity! So funny yet so sad!”
This lawsuit ought to make for an interesting topic of discussion at the RHoA Season 5 reunion, which is currently filming. Coincidence? We think not! In yet another interesting twist, Kandi is being represented by fellow RHoA co-star, Phaedra Parks.
Jeez, haven’t these gals learned not to mix business and pleasure?