Settlement reached in digital download case against UMG, Capitol Records
April 14, 2015 – Firm partners David Given and Nick Carlin joined other court-appointed lead counsel today in their motion for preliminary approval of an $11.5 million settlement reached on behalf of a group of recording artists and others in a class action case against UMG Recordings and Capitol Records over their treatment of income derived from digital downloads and ringtones. The settlement, which followed more than two years of negotiations and four years of hard-fought litigation, includes a fund for claims by class members for past due amounts as well as an increase of 10% in download and ringtone royalty rates. The firm’s clients include the Rick James Estate, David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Coverdale/Page) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason (Traffic, Dave Mason Band), who served as class plaintiffs in the case. The court has set a hearing on the motion for April 28th.
UPDATE – April 28, 2015 – The court heard and granted plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval today. At the hearing of the matter, Federal District Court Judge Susan Illston voiced praise for the “wonderful job” the firm and its co-lead counsel did in the case. In her order entered later in the day, Judge Illston appointed the firm (together with others) class counsel with respect to all further proceedings and scheduled a final approval hearing for April of next year. Notice to the class is expected to commence shortly.