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Judge May Consolidate 'Chipmunks' Capitol Licensing Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (April 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT) -- A California judge Wednesday tentatively agreed to consolidate two lawsuits claiming Capitol Records LLC breached music licensing agreements and underpaid the production company behind "Alvin and the Chipmunks," a move that could delay trial in one of the cases four years after it was brought.

"With [the earlier filed case], there are no other proceedings other than trial. Discovery is closed, and that case is ripe and ready to go," plaintiff Bagdasarian Productions LLC's attorney Jeffrey A. Zuidema told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona G. See on Wednesday, urging her to reconsider the tentative decision. "To further delay the case...

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