Attorney Donald Engel, whose groundbreaking legal victories for Olivia Newton-John and other musical acts snapped a record-industry stranglehold by freeing artists from their contracts, has died. He was 84.

Engel, who also successfully represented Donna Summer, Teena Marie and Boston's Tom Scholz in key court cases, died Jan. 15 in Redwood City, Calif., after a long battle with leukemia, attorney Mark Passin of Los Angeles-based Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi told the Hollywood Reporter.

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