"The intention is to disenfranchise our clients' legal rights and subvert their intentions," said founder Randall Wixen, responding to a request the streaming service filed Friday.
Wixen Music Publishing is accusing Spotify of attempting to "confuse" the firm's clients in respect to its new lawsuit against the streaming giant with a request made Friday that would limit communication regarding conflicting suits.
Last week, Wixen Music filed a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit that covers songs by Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young, Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many others. That lawsuit follows the publishing company's decision to opt-out of an earlier class action suit filed by singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick and others, for which Spotify last year announced a $43.4 million settlement that is now facing final approval. Wixen Music then came forward to object that deal, resulting in its own lawsuit against the streaming giant.
Spotify's request on Friday was made to Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, who is overseeing the Ferrick et al. v. Spotify USA, Inc suit, asking the judge to restrict Wixen Music and its counsel, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, from communicating with their clients and others regarding a supplemental notice from the Ferrick suit and its extended opt-out process. Rather, Spotify would prefer that such communications go through the case's settlement administrator GCG first and for Wixen Music and its counsel to forward any questions submitted directly to them to the settlement administrator as well.