'Le Freak' Rights Owner Hits Publisher With Contract Suit

Law360, New York (August 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT) -- A company that says it holds royalty rights to the music of Bernard Edwards of disco group Chic, known for hits such as "Le Freak," filed a breach of contract suit Tuesday in California court against the publisher of the band's songs, alleging it has not been paid its due.

Music Royalty Consulting Inc. claims it obtained the rights to Edwards' music from his widow, Bambi Edwards, but that Bernard Edwards Companies LLC has refused to pay up. The suit seeks at least $1.4 million as...
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