NY Appeals Court Tosses Ellington Heirs' Royalties Suit

Law360, New York (June 8, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT) -- A New York state appeals court ruled Tuesday that Viacom Inc.'s 2007 sale of a music publishing affiliate to a Sony Corp. joint venture didn't cancel a royalties contract with the the heirs of jazz musician Duke Ellington.

Ellington's grandson, Paul M. Ellington, sued Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, a joint venture of Sony and trusts formed by pop singer Michael Jackson, in 2009 after it bought Famous Music Corp. from Viacom. That purchase ended Famous Music's contract with Ellington because the agreement didn't allow for it...
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