Music Festival Overdose

A California appeals court revived negligence claims against entertainment company Live Nation brought by the family of a 19-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose at the 2015 Hard Summer Music Festival. Live Nation challenged the family’s contention that the girl would have survived had appropriate medical care been readily available, but the company did not offer any supporting evidence.

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Isley Brothers Royalties

The pioneer of Pullman Bonds, which are tradable securities backed by future royalties to musical recordings and compositions, claims in a federal complaint that the Isley Brothers sold rights to their songs behind their back after Pullman had negotiated exclusive rights to the songs in the late ’90s to save the band and its members from financial ruin.

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Russian Pop Star

A California appeals court upheld a ruling setting aside an $8 million default judgment against Lena Katina, a member of the early 2000s pop duo t.A.T.u.. Her former manager, who claims Katina was the “most famous recording artist in Russian music history” and that he had changed the trajectory of her career, had sued her for wrongful termination.

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