CBS, Cumulus Beat Class Claims In Pre-1972 Royalty Fight

Law360, Washington (November 30, 2015, 6:07 PM EST) -- A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that rights owners who want CBS Corp. and Cumulus Media Inc. to start paying royalties for pre-1972 records had failed to follow the rules in attempting to certify the cases as class actions, striking both the certification bid and class allegations from the litigation.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who is handling the separate cases against CBS and Cumulus simultaneously, said the rights holders made two errors in trying to win class certification, setting hearings for more than three months after the motions were filed when they should have been set for within 35 days,...

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