(CBS) Britney Spears is being sued for more than $10 million by the licensing firm that helped the pop star launch her fragrance line.
Brand Sense Partners filed a breach of contract suit against Spears and her father, Jamie Spears, in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 30, and want the singer to submit to a deposition in the case.
Attorneys for Brand Sense say they want to depose the 29-year-old before she embarks on her upcoming tour, CBS station KCBS reported on Friday, but Spears' lawyers say that the singer, who is still under a court-ordered conservatorship that was established in 2008, is incompetent to testify in a deposition.
The licensing firm now wants a judge to order Spears to submit to a deposition, according to the report.
In the complaint, obtained by TMZ, Brand Sense claims it brokered the pop star's deal with cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden in 2004 and stood to receive a 35 percent commission on any of the Spears-branded fragrances sold. But, the company alleges, Spears told Elizabeth Arden to send all royalties to her, cutting the licensing firm out of the deal.
The lawsuit alleges that Spears' father - who is the conservator of the singer's estate - said the 35 percent commission was too high and that his daughter did not want to pay it, and that Spears "secretly made a separate deal with Elizabeth Arden in a sneaky, under-handed effort to circumvent and evade its obligations to Brand Sense."
A hearing is scheduled for July 11, KCBS reports. Spears' tour kicks off in Sacramento, Calif., on June 16.