Music Publisher Can't Recoup Atty Fees In Royalties Row

Law360, Los Angeles (May 7, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT) -- A California state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Motown's music publishing arm wasn't entitled to attorneys' fees of $640,000 in its royalties lawsuit victory over a soul musician's heirs because the company didn't move for the fees in the initial trial over copyright-misappropriation claims.

In order to deduct the fees from royalties payments, Jobete Music Co. Inc. needed to counter-sue for breach of contract when the heirs alleged that 31 songs by Junior Walker were governed by a 1960s-era agreement that didn't give the publisher the...
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