Britney Spears agrees to postpone next court hearing after disagreement over subpoenas with former management firm

Britney Spears perfoming, singing on stage with a black microphone wrapped around her chin.
Britney Spears performs in May 2004 during her ‘Onyx Hotel Tour.’ AFP via Getty Images
  • Britney Spears’ next hearing date in her conservatorship case has been postponed.
  • Her lawyer Mathew Rosengart and Tri Star Management agreed to postpone it, according to court documents.
  • Rosengart has accused Tri Star of refusing to comply with subpoenas for months. 

The next hearing in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case will no longer take place on January 19, after a continuing disagreement over subpoenas issued to former management firm Tri Star Management Group, according to court documents.

Britney Spears was freed from her conservatorship on November 12, 2021. However, there is still an ongoing legal battle over the financial details of the termination of her conservatorship.

Differing termination plans submitted by Britney’s team and her father have been the subject of recent disagreement between Jamie Spears and the temporary conservators.

In a January 6 filing, Britney Spears through her attorney Mathew Rosengart and Tri Star agreed during their standoff to push the hearing back and Judge Brenda Penny signed off on the order. Rosengart and attorneys representing Tri Star could not be immediately reached for comment.

Penny was set to review requests from Tri Star and Robin Greenhill, Spears’ former Tri Star manager, to quash subpoenas served to the company Rosengart. Penny was also supposed to hear about Rosengart’s opposition to a Tri Star motion.

On October 1, Rosengart served Tri Star and Greenhill with subpoenas after accusing them of refusing to answer questions about payments received during the conservatorship. On November 12, Greenhill and Tri Star filed to quash the subpoenas, according to court documents.

At a November 12 hearing, Rosengart told reporters that they issued two subpoenas to Tri Star, saying they were not answering questions from Spears.

“Rather than voluntarily complying with those subpoenas, Tri Star refused and they filed a motion to suppress those subpoenas and suppress information that Britney Spears has requested,” Rosengart said on November 12. “The most notable question that we asked on behalf of Britney, of Tri Star, is the following, a very simple question: How much money did you take from the estate? How much money did you receive from the estate?”

Spears’ conservatorship was established in 2008, and Jamie appointed Taylor’s firm, Tri Star Management Group, as his daughter’s estate’s business manager in 2009, first for the Circus Tour and then, in 2010, for the estate itself. Taylor’s firm dropped the Spears account in November 2020, according to court filings obtained by Los Angeles Magazine.

In an August court filing reviewed by Insider, Rosengart said that during the conservatorship, Jamie Spears approved payments to Tri Star that exceeded the company’s payable amount.

“In December 2019, Mr. Spears inexplicably approved a payment to Tri Star in excess of $300,000 above the approximate $200,000 that was supposedly payable to Tri Star at the time,” Rosengart wrote. “This $300,000 payment was not due to any extra duties or work performed by Tri Star.”

During a December 8 hearing where Britney was granted new financial powers, attorneys for the singer’s father and for Tri Star raised the question of whether the pop star’s estate would pay various legal fees. Her parents and former conservators have previously requested that Spears’ estate pay the fees, in the aftermath of the contentious legal battle.