Record Company Sanctioned In Prince EP Release Dispute

By Emma Cueto (March 5, 2019, 9:06 PM EST) -- A Minnesota federal judge has ordered a record company and its executives to pay $10,000 in sanctions for deliberately destroying text messages used as evidence in a suit over the posthumous release of pop star Prince's "Deliverance" EP.

U.S. District Judge Tony N. Leung said Monday that even before sound engineer George Ian Boxill released the EP, Rogue Music Alliance, which allegedly aided in the release, was aware Prince's estate might sue, meaning it should have known to preserve all correspondence related to the suit.

Despite their awareness of a potential future suit, the judge said, RMA executives David Staley and...

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