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Black Sheep file $750 million class action suit against Universal over unpaid royalties

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US hip hop duo Black Sheep, composed of Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean, has filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) over alleged unpaid royalties amounting to $750 million, breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment.

In the lawsuit, filed with the District Court of New York, they accuse UMG of "breach of its standardised contract and bad faith conduct that is depriving artists of the royalties they...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Unison files lawsuit against SGAE for anti-competitive practices of abusive litigation

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Spanish music rights society Unison Music has filed a new lawsuit against the Spanish rights organisation SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores) before the Commercial Courts of Barcelona.

In the suit, Unison accused SGAE of abuse of dominant position in the Spanish rights management market and anti-competitive practices of abusive litigation "in order to hinder the progress of the proceedings that the Spanish competition authority (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia - ...

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New York judge rejects motion to classify a termination rights case against Universal Music Group as a class-action lawsuit

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a motion filed by a group of artists to qualify as a class-action lawsuit their case against Universal Music Group and its division Capitol Records on the issue of termination rights.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that since Plaintiffs each represent a specific case, requiring specific lawsuits, it could not be covered by a class-action suit.

The suit was initially filed in 2019 by Leonard Graves Phillips, Stan ...

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US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

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The US Justice Department — alongside eight States — have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the Alphabet-owned company of "monopolising multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act."

The suit — in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — alleges that through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation, Google "subverted competition in Internet advertising technologies."

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