TMZ reports that the Mean Streets director has been sued by production company Cecchi Gori Pictures.
The studio, which has produced such films as Se7en and A Bronx Tale, claims that Scorsese owes money concerning a deal he made in 1990 to direct a movie called Silence.
According to the suit, Scorsese agreed to pay fees in order for the right to direct The Departed, Shutter Island, and last year's family film Hugo before the Silence project.
However, the director has allegedly failed to pay his fee for directing the Oscar-winning Hugo.
Cecchi Gori Pictures is now demanding the fee of $1.5 million (£943,416), as well as 20% of his profits from Hugo, the value of his producer title on the movie.
It is also seeking compensation in respect of any other movies Scorsese makes before the Silence project.
Scorsese, who has not yet commented on the suit, is currently in production for upcoming thriller Wolf of Wall Street, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
Watch a trailer for Hugo below: