Federal court praises firm, approves class settlement in digital download case
April 13, 2016 – Federal District Court Judge Susan Illston gave final approval today to the settlement reached last year in the Universal Music Group digital download class action. Following an hour-long hearing in which she carefully considered the settlement agreement’s merits, Judge Illston entered an order approving it. During the hearing, Judge Illston praised the firm’s “good work” and the resulting settlement as a “positive achievement” for the class of almost 1,700 recording artists, record producers and others who made successful claims and will therefore benefit from it. Under the parties’ agreement as approved, no less than $2.5 million dollars will be paid or credited to class members in retrospective relief, with prospective relief in the form of a perpetual royalty adjustment expected to result in millions of dollars more over time.