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Now an app consultancy sues Triller over allegedly unpaid bills

By | Published on Monday 5 September 2022


Triller is getting quite the collection of lawsuits over allegedly unpaid bills. Now the TikTok rival has been sued by Phiture, a business that describes itself as “a multi-award-winning mobile growth consultancy and agency working with the teams behind leading apps”.

According to Billboard, in a lawsuit filed in the LA courts last week, Phiture says that it was hired by the Triller company in March last year to provide ‘store optimisation services’, including “an audit of Trillers ‘presence’ on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play, as well as ongoing management to improve its placement on those stores”.

In a contract attached to the lawsuit, Triller agreed to pay $14,000 a month for those services. But, says Phiture, Triller then started defaulting on that agreement a year ago and now $132,000 in unpaid fees is owing.

Last week’s litigation follows two other recently filed lawsuits that accuse Triller of not meeting agreed payment terms.

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz say they are owed money stemming from Triller’s acquisition of Verzuz, the livestreamed DJ Battle brand that they created in 2020 and sold to the digital firm last year. Meanwhile Sony Music says Triller has failed to meet the payment terms of its licensing deal.

Reps for Triller have hit back at both those earlier lawsuits. They said that the additional payments to Timbaland and Swizz Beats were dependent on certain obligations being met by the producers, which had not yet been met. Meanwhile, the Sony lawsuit “grossly mischaracterises our relationship with them and leans into the bully persona large music labels are often criticised for”.

It remains to be seen how Triller responds to the Phiture lawsuit.