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Count Basie Estate & Other Jazz Greats Sue UMG For $6 Million

MANHATTAN (CN) - The estates of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughn, Woody Herman and other jazz greats claim UMG Recordings and Universal Music Group cheated them of $6.1 million by "pervasive and systemic acts of issuing false statements with the hope of suppressing Plaintiffs' earnings solely to benefit Defendants." Plaintiffs include living musicians and the estates of Patti Page, the Mills Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Frankie Laine, Les Brown (and his Band of Renown).

They demand actual damages of $6.1 million, plus punitive damages.

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