'American Idol' Parent Says Sony's Royalty Claims Are Barred

Law360, New York (October 11, 2017, 6:04 PM EDT) -- "American Idol" producer CORE Entertainment moved Tuesday to shut down a suit by Sony Music Entertainment over unpaid royalties for Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson and other stars of the show, telling a New York bankruptcy court the claims are barred by CORE’s recent reorganization.

CORE unit 19 Recordings, which handles recording contracts for "Idol" winners, sued Sony for $10 million in 2014 for allegedly underpaying on royalty deals, and Sony hit back with a $2 million counterclaim for unpaid royalties of its own.

While CORE and...
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