Ellington Heir's Class Allegations 'Frivolous': Judge

Law360, New York (June 7, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT) -- A New York state judge said Tuesday that it appeared class action allegations brought by Duke Ellington's grandson over the famed jazz musician's 50-year-old royalties agreement with an EMI Group Ltd. music publishing affiliate were "completely frivolous."

The class action allegations seem to involve parties "completely unrelated" to the contract at issue, a 1961 royalties agreement between the late Ellington and EMI affiliate EMI Mills Music Inc., Judge Bernard J. Fried said in a hearing.

In a complaint filed in September, Ellington's grandson Paul M. Ellington...
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