The Youngbloods complaint filed March 23 against Sony BMG Music Entertainment was a procedural matter, says the band members’ lawyer, Brian Caplan with Labaton Sucharow in New York.
In April 2006, members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band filed a class action suit against Sony BMG over royalties paid on digital uses, like ringtones and downloads. That suit focused on the Sony labels. Elmo & Patsy are now part of that suit as well.
The Youngbloods then filed a class action suit with the Allman Brothers Band
in February over the same issues, focusing on the BMG labels at Sony BMG.
Caplan says that the Allman Brothers have since dismissed their suit against the BMG labels, so the Youngbloods are the only parties named to represent a class of artists against the BMG labels. Therefore, the Youngbloods refiled a class action suit in their own names March 23. The Allman Brothers are still part of the first suit focused on the Sony labels.
Sony BMG filed a motion to dismiss the first suit, which was argued last November. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
As previously reported, published reports that The Youngbloodz — the Altanta rap-duo that released four albums through La Face Records — sued Sony BMG for $50 million are incorrect.