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Bad Blood Between Bodeans
Highest Court W.D. Wisconsin
Year Ended 2006
Plaintiffs Music Manager(s)
Defendants Bodeans
Insurer(s)
Lawyer(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description The Bodeans are a Wisconsin-based rock band who had several Top 40 hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, then later scored on the "adult contemporary" charts, as is common with artists whose sound brings to mind bygone musical eras. In the mid-1980s, the Bodeans hired Plaintiff has their manager, at which time the parties formed a partnership and music publisher, in which Plaintiff was an active participant and stakeholder. After renegotiating Plaintiff's contract in 1995, the band's attorney, Defendant in this suit, alerted Plaintiff that earlier agreements (overseen by Defendant, including Plaintiff and the band) were insufficient to transfer copyright interests in songs written by the band to the partnership, and thus Plaintiff had no ownership. This notice conveniently accompanied a letter of termination, ending the band's relationship with Plaintiff by 2003. The trial court refused to grant Defendants motions for summary judgment, allowed Plaintiff to continue on malpractice and negligent misrepresentation theories, both arising from Defendants' failure to complete a proper copyright transfer earlier and partnership agreement earlier in their dealings. After holding Defendants' malpractice insurer could not deny coverage in this suit, the court then transferred the case to the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where a similar lawsuit between the parties was still pending. Since no later opinions exist, the dispute was likely settled. - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Fiduciary Relationships Fiduciary Duties
Contracts Breach Repudiation
Copyrights Ownership Declaratory Judgment
Torts Economic Torts Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
    Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
  Professional/Legal Malpractice Negligence
  Property Torts Theft


Opinions McCraw v. Mensch
2006 WL 6047529
W.D. Wisconsin , November 22, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


McCraw v. Mensch
461 F.Supp.2d 872
W.D. Wisconsin , November 09, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


McCraw v. Mensch
2006 WL 740897
W.D. Wisconsin , March 17, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


McCraw v. Mensch
2006 WL 2620344
W.D. Wisconsin , September 12, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


McCraw v. Mensch
2006 WL 5962940
W.D. Wisconsin , September 13, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


McCraw v. Mensch
2006 WL 6047146
W.D. Wisconsin , October 16, 2006 ( No. 06-C-86-S )


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Related Searches Parties
Bodeans ( Defendant )
Insurer(s) ( Defendant )
Lawyer(s) ( Defendant )
Music Manager(s) ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Fiduciary Relationships / Fiduciary Duties
Contracts / Breach / Repudiation
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
Torts / Professional/Legal Malpractice / Negligence
Torts / Property Torts / Theft

Courts
W.D. Wisconsin (highest court)


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