Firm retained by jazz great's heirs in dispute over legendary catalog of recordings
December 23, 2011 -- PE&G has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against record label Concord Music Group on behalf of the children of Bay Area recording artist and jazz legend Vince Guaraldi. The clients' Alameda County Superior Court complaint alleges, among other misconduct, a deliberate pattern and practice of misreporting in the sales of Guaraldi's works. It also seeks to right various other discrepancies in Concord Music's royalty accounting, including in the treatment of income derived from Concord Music's licenses with digital music providers. Guaraldi's body of recorded musical work, made over a period stretching from the mid-1950s (as a member of the Cal Tjader Quartet) to the time of his untimely death in 1976 (at the age of 47), includes scores to a dozen animated Charlie Brown television specials as well as the jazz standard "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," which won the 1963 GRAMMY for Best Original Jazz Composition. To this day, his Charlie Brown Christmas album -- which includes the iconic "Christmastime is Coming" and the "Peanuts Theme (Linus & Lucy)" -- remains one of the best-selling (and most beloved) holiday albums of all time.