Lawsuit

  1. New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Maker-Disney Merger

    April 17, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from A ...

  2. Beastie Boys Seek to Dismiss 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 28, 2012 4:43 PM EST The Beastie Boys have finally responded to a lawsuit that alleges the group illegally sampled material on the 1986 album License to Ill and the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique." TufAmerica, a record label, filed its complaint the day be ...

  3. Peermusic, Bug, Warner, Others Win $6.6 Million in LiveUniverse Lyrics Lawsuit

    October 11, 2012 4:51 PM EDT Michael Jackson once sang, "You can't win / You can't break even/ And you can't get out of the game." With that in mind, a group of music publishers including Peermusic, Bug Music and Warner Chappell Music has won $6.6 mil ...

  4. Megaupload's Motion to Dismiss Copyright Case Denied by U.S. Judge

    October 09, 2012 12:25 PM EDT U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady has rejected Megaupload's attempt to escape prosecution for allegedly committing massive copyright infringement. Attorneys for Megaupload argued that the company was foreign-based and that the U.S. ...

  5. One Direction Solves Legal Issue Over Band Name

    September 06, 2012 8:24 AM EDT One Direction, the mega-selling UK act that was put together by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, has settled a legal war over its band name. Cowell's record label, Syco Entertainment as well as Sony Music and members of the band were sued in Apr ...

  6. Pop Singer Dev Sues To Void 'Onerous' Record Contract

    August 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Devin Star Tailes, popularly known as Dev, is trying to get out of contracts that purportedly give her record label Indie-Pop, as well as her former manager and attorney, 75 percent of her income and allow them to deduct expenses "off the top ...

  7. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  8. Judge Blasts Universal in Key Eminem Royalties Case Ruling

    June 28, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Universal Music has just been handed an epic smackdown by the California judge presiding over a battle with producers of many hit Eminem recordings. In a decision that is sure to have tongues wagging throughout the music industry, the judge sugges ...

  9. Weinstein Company Wins Major Lawsuit Over 'Soul Man' Sam Moore

    May 29, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Any close reader of film credits will be familiar with the words, "The persons and events in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or events is unintentional." On the other hand, wasn't it philosopher ...

  10. Why Does Apple Want To Hide Steve Jobs' Secret Deposition in Major Label Digital Revenue Lawsuits?

    April 30, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group, is about to go to trial in a case that will determine what money is owed over digital music to producers of many hit Eminem records. Meanwhile, in another case -- a class action against UMG b ...

  11. Prince Ordered by Judge to Pay Nearly $4 Million to Perfume Maker

    April 13, 2012 7:22 PM EDT A New York judge Friday ordered pop star Prince to pay $3.95 million to a perfume maker for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents. Prince was sued by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in 2008 for failing to promote the perfume, which was supp ...

  12. SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'

    March 29, 2012 8:27 AM EDT In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit was filed March 27 in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New Y ...

  13. Business Matters: Judge Says Live Nation Does Not Monopolize Live Music

    March 27, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Clear Channel/Live Nation Monopoly Case Nearing Dismissal An anti-competition case dating back a decade may have finally concluded with a 63-page decision that Clear Channel/Live Nation does not have a monopoly on rock concerts. On Monday the judg ...

  14. Sony BMG Files Motion To Dismiss Toto's Digital Music Lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Major record labels continue to fight recording artists on the issue of compensation for digital downloads. Most recently, The Temptations filed perhaps the biggest lawsuit on this front yet. Meanwhile, Sony BMG, which just agreed to pay $8 millio ...

  15. Beyonce Video Game Lawsuit Can Move Forward, Says Judge

    December 09, 2011 6:20 PM EST Beyoncé won't be shaking a multi-million dollar lawsuit that alleges she walked away from a deal to create a motion-sensing dance video game based on her moves. A New York Superior Court judge denied Tuesday the singer's motion to dismis ...

  16. Sugarland Sued by 48 Indiana Fair Victims

    November 23, 2011 2:12 PM EST Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy. Attorneys representing at least ...

  17. Poison Responds to Song Theft Allegations

    October 27, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Poison, one of the most successful hair metal bands of the 1980s, is striking back in response to a new lawsuit that claims four hit songs were stolen a quarter century ago from another band. A lawyer for the group led by frontman-turned-reality-T ...

  18. Fox, NBC Agree to End 'American Idol,' 'Deal or No Deal' Texting Contests

    September 13, 2011 8:49 AM EDT Don't count on seeing any cheesy viewer text message contests on TV anytime soon. NBC Universal, Fox Broadcasting Company, and many of the production companies behind some of the most successful reality TV competition shows have agreed to an ...

  19. Lawsuit Against CBS Interactive Naming CNET, Limewire Dropped, For Now

    July 06, 2011 7:42 AM EDT Alki David has dropped his lawsuit against CBS Interactive for offering P2P programs like Limewire on its subsidiary websites. But the legal dispute may not be over. In a notice of voluntary dismissal submitted to a California federal court, the p ...

  20. Warner Music Group Shareholder Lawsuits to Be Settled

    June 20, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Two class action lawsuits that alleged the Warner Music Group board of directors breached their fiduciary responsibilities by agreeing to sell the company for unfair and inadequate compensation will be settled. According to a WMG proxy statement f ...

  21. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  22. LimeWire Founder Mark Gorton to Reveal Net Worth in Court

    April 25, 2011 1:11 PM EDT At a trial next month to determine how much LimeWire owes record companies for infringing copyrighted songs on its file-sharing platform, the plaintiffs will get a chance to investigate LimeWire founder Mark Gorton's net worth and whether he ...

  23. The Vandals Represented by Bassist Joe Escalante Win Round One Against Variety in Cover Dispute

    April 18, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Hollywood trade newspaper Variety has lost in its attempt to pursue a trademark claim in Delaware against the punk band The Vandals. The case will now move to a California federal court, since Vandals bassist and lawyer Joe Escalante, who is repre ...

  24. Huffington Post, AOL Sued by Bloggers

    April 13, 2011 7:08 AM EDT The Huffington Post has been hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site, recently acquired by AOL, mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading t ...

  25. Rick James' Estate Files Class Action Suit Against UMG In Wake of Eminem Verdict

    April 04, 2011 1:03 PM EDT The legal dispute over digital royalties between Universal Music Group and a production company representing Eminem -- and what that verdict could mean for the music industry -- just got a whole lot more complicated. The estate of the late funkmei ...

  26. How Much Does File-Sharing Really Cost Record Companies?

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST In October, a federal judge ruled for record companies in their lawsuit against Lime Wire, issuing an injunction and delivering tough language on the file-sharing service's copyright infringement. The case is about to move to a jury trial tha ...

  27. AEG Sues Merch Bootleggers Before They Bootleg

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just because the Mile High Music Festival this weekend in Denver hasn't happened yet, and just because the bootleggers haven't yet set up shop at the Aug. 14-15 event, doesn't mean that hundreds of individuals haven't already b ...

  28. Judge Denies Citigroup's Effort To Dismiss Terra Firma Suit

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge has denied Citigroup's effort to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the company by Terra Firma. Citigroup had filed a motion with the U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New York to move the venue to London. In its lawsuit, Te ...

  29. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  30. Wife Of Barker's Assistant Sues Over Crash

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wife of Travis Barker's assistant sued several aviation companies and the estates of two pilots Tuesday (Dec. 9) over the South Carolina plane crash that killed her husband earlier this year. Otilia Villar Baker, wife of Chris Baker, file ...

  31. Outback Concerts Files Suit Against Detroit PAC

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent promoter Outback Concerts filed a breach of contract suit in Davidson County Circuit Court on May 21 alleging the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit did not pay Outback money owed for promoting an April 11 Etta James ...

  32. RIAA Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Lawsuit Target

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA's file-sharing legal campaign is beginning to cost it more than just PR points. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the association to pay the legal fees of one such target, Deborah Foster, to the tune of just less than $70,000, ...

  33. Court Awards k.d. lang $1.9M

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A California court has awarded k.d. lang $1.9 million in a default judgment against her former business manager, Annabel Lapp. The Grammy-winning singer sued Lapp and her Annabel Lapp Group in 2005 , claiming that the business manager misappropria ...

  34. Keith Urban Sues Over Namesake Web site

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country singer Keith Urban has filed a lawsuit against a painter of the same name, claiming that the lesser known Keith Urban's Web site infringes trademark and cyber-squatting laws. Singer Urban filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Nashv ...

  35. Apple Faces Suit Over iPod-iTunes Link

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday (Dec. 29) it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market ...

  36. Ono Not Pursuing Full Lawsuit Against Capitol

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist filed papers last week in royalty dispute. Despite filing legal documents last week, Yoko Ono does not intend to pursue full litigation against EMI Group's Capitol Records at this time over royalties due from the Beatles' recordin ...

  37. Clear Channel Sued

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Class action filed for dominating competitors. Clear Channel Communications Inc., the No. 1 U.S. radio broadcaster, was accused in a lawsuit on Friday (June 2) of violating federal anti-trust laws by curtailing concert competition and jacking up t ...

  38. Entercom Pushes Back At Spitzer

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company moves for dismissal of suit. Company moves for dismissal of suit. News ...

  39. Ashanti Files Suit Over Unauthorized Release

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum artist Ashanti filed a federal lawsuit Jan. 27 over the unauthorized release of demos recorded more than eight years ago. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, na Multi-platinum artist Ashanti filed a federal ...

  40. Judge Issues Injunction To Block Mich. Videogame Law

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Nov. 9 stopping a Michigan law that bars retailers from selling or renting violent videogames to minors from going into effect until a lawsuit filed by DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge issued a prelim ...

  41. BackStreet Boys Sue Pearlman, Trans Continental

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The BackStreet Boys filed a lawsuit against Louis Pearlman and his Trans Continental Records Nov. 3 for reimbursement of legal settlements the group paid to former member Sam "Phoenix Stone" Licata an NEW YORK -- The BackStreet Boys file ...

  42. BackStreet Boys Sue Pearlman, Trans Continental

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST The BackStreet Boys filed a lawsuit against Louis Pearlman and his Trans Continental Records today (Nov. 3) for reimbursement of legal settlements the group paid to former member Sam "Phoenix Stone" L The BackStreet Boys filed a lawsuit ...

  43. Jackson Sues Concert Promoter

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract. (AP) -- Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 c ...

  44. Jackson Sues Concert Promoter

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marcel Avram sued for breach of contract. Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit yesterday (Oct. 3) against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract. Jackson and his company, MJ Company, sued concert promoter Marcel ...

  45. There Is A Bright Side To Ory Record-Club Settlement

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In recent months the music publishing world has heard the rising howl of complaints directed at the proposed settlement in the Ory case against the record clubs, a settlement characterized by Cherry L David Hirshland is executive VP at Bug Music. ...

  46. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  47. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  48. Judge Rejects Motion Against Clear Channel

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jam filed for $90 million judgment. U.S. District Court in Chicago Judge Matthew Kennelly today (May 11) denied a motion seeking a court order for Clear Channel Communications (CCC) to secure the previously awarded $90 million judgment awarded to ...

  49. Judge Rejects Motion Against Clear Channel

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jam filed for $90 million judgment. U.S. District Court in Chicago Judge Matthew Kennelly today (May 11) denied a motion seeking a court order for Clear Channel Communications (CCC) to secure the previously awarded $90 million judgment awarded to ...

  50. Sony BMG Spain Pulls Tracks From Download Site

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Majors continue to litigate Weblisten service. Majors continue to litigate Weblisten service. News ...

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