Sly Stone Royalties Suit Gets New Trial After Appeal

Law360, New York (July 27, 2016, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has granted funk legend Sly Stone's former manager a new trial in a lawsuit over whether Broadcast Music Inc. breached a royalty agreement by paying $1 million to a different manager, ruling Tuesday the trial court should have told the jury the company admitted the royalties agreement was legitimate.

The appellate court said the trial judge erred when it didn’t treat the assignment of royalties from Stone — legally Sylvester Stewart — to his deceased former manager Ken Roberts as a proven fact which the company confirmed during proceedings. The misstep could have confused the jury and...

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