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Artists’ Lawsuit Settlement With Universal Music Group Over Digital Royalties Receives Final Approval

As reported by Law360 (subscription), Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court in Northern California has approved an $11.5 million class action settlement between Universal Music Group (UMG) and numerous well-known recording artists from as far back as the 1950s, including Rick James’ trust and the Temptations and Rob Zombie. The case stems from the artists’ allegations that UMG knowingly miscalculated digital royalties to the artists’ disfavor from downloads via popular digital music providers.

Objections to the settlement had been filed by funk music legend George Clinton, the estate of Thelonious Monk and others, who claimed the proposed settlement provided insufficient compensation, but Judge Illston overruled the challenge on the grounds that none of the objectors proved that the deal was unfair.

The plaintiffs were represented by a team of attorneys including Lieff Cabraser. You can learn more about the UMG Digital Royalties case here.