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Warren G's Rap Defames?
Highest Court Sixth Circuit
Year Ended 2005
Plaintiffs Boladian, Armen
Nine Records
Westbound Records
Defendants Clinton, George
Music Publisher(s)
Retail Chain(s)
Universal Music
Universal Records
Warren G
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Armen Boladian is the owner of Bridgeport Music publishing, Nine Records and Westbound Records, and is perhaps best known to most (and particularly to readers of the Discography) for the hundreds of suits he filed against rap artists who'd allegedly sampled George Clinton's music. Boladian's companies control the copyrights to numerous Clinton songs. The relationship between Armen and George broke down over the years (see e.g. "Clinton Squatting on Exec's Land?," in this database), and this lawsuit is but one of the resulting proceedings. Here, Armen sued Clinton alleging he'd been defamed in the latter's song, which referred to Armen as a "disgrace to the species," among other insulting names. Boladian sued for defamation, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, bringing charges against not just Clinton and his current music business associates, but against retail chain Meijer as well. The court first found no causes of action were properly stated against Meijer, which had no reason to know of the allegedly libelous content contained in one among the hundreds of thousands of CDs they distributed. Furthermore, Boladian failed to state any valid claims in the first place; Clinton's taunts are typical in rap music, and are not susceptible to any sort of "objective" accusation. Boladian's companies' complaints, based in the same set of facts, were dismissed too. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Third Party Claims Propriety
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Personal Jurisdiction
Torts Dignitary Torts Defamation & Injurious Falsehood
  Privacy Torts False Light


Opinions Boladian v. UMG Recordings, Inc.
123 Fed. Appx. 165
Sixth Circuit , January 03, 2005 ( No. 03-2148 )


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Related Searches Parties
Boladian, Armen ( Plaintiff )
Clinton, George ( Defendant )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Nine Records ( Plaintiff )
Retail Chain(s) ( Defendant )
Universal Music ( Defendant )
Universal Records ( Defendant )
Warren G ( Defendant )
Westbound Records ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Third Party Claims / Propriety
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Personal Jurisdiction
Torts / Dignitary Torts / Defamation & Injurious Falsehood
Torts / Privacy Torts / False Light

Courts
Sixth Circuit (highest court)


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