Following Tao's departure from EXO and SM Entertainment back in 2015, the former EXO member has been involved in a lawsuit with his former agency regarding his solo activities in China. In the lawsuit's latest development, it is reported that the Chinese courts have ruled in favour of Tao and dismissed the case.
According to news reports from Korean and Chinese media outlets, the Chinese courts acknowledged that Tao retains the rights to use his name and image for activities in China. Thus, the courts ruled that Tao's previous exclusive contract with SM does not apply and the lawsuit was dismissed.
In response to the decision, SM released a statement through news outlet TV Report stating that the company intends to appeal the decision:
“The reported lawsuit is one of many that’s still ongoing in China. We plan to counter this with the claim that one of the clauses were not taken into consideration properly. This also has no effect on the other lawsuits in process within Korea and the legal battle is very much still in process.”
We'll keep everyone updated on any developments regarding the lawsuit.