Bertelsmann Forced To Show Napster Documents

Law360, New York (April 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, a defendant in the ongoing lawsuit over online music company Napster Inc., withheld documents that threatened to expose its liability in alleged massive copyright infringement.

Bertelsmann became entangled in the precedent-setting litigation through a multi-million dollar investment it made in Napster and was accused in the August 2000 lawsuit of misrepresenting a $50 million loan document between the companies.

In the ruling, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...
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