Universal Wants AIG Unit To Cover $15M Chet Baker Deal

Law360, New York (November 9, 2011, 1:53 PM EST) -- Universal Music Group Inc. sued an American International Group Inc. affiliate in California on Tuesday to recoup $15 million it paid to settle a class action filed by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker's estate seeking unpaid royalties for unlicensed songs from major record labels.

National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. — which issued UMG a policy that specifically covered copyright infringement damages — refused to cover any of UMG's roughly $15 million portion of the Baker settlement, according to the suit filed Tuesday.

The company...
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