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Parlet: P-Funk's Project
Highest Court C.D. California
Year Ended 2008
Plaintiffs Clinton, George
Defendants Universal Music Group
Universal Records
Other Business Entity of Artist(s)
Casablanca Records
Polygram Records
Short Description George Clinton, well-known funk/soul/dance superstar and godfather, signed various production and recording agreements with Universal Music and its affiliates, both as an individual and as a producer for other artists. Of relevance here, Clinton also signed an artist, Parlet, to the label as well. In the contracts, a three year Objections Provision and Limitations Provision designated the time frame in which he could contest royalty payments. According to these provisons, he could contest payments through "specificied objections" and could bring legal action only within three years after statements were rendered. When Clinton audited Defendants' royalty payments, he concluded he was owed over $32 million (quite an oversight). Defendants did not respond to Clinton's audit, so he sued for various causes of action, including contracts, unjust enrichment, and equitable theories for relief. Defendants sought to dismiss the complaint, citing the provisions above. The court found the contractual limitations period barred all of Clinton's claims related to Parliament-related royalties; he had not filed his complaint within three years, but had merely sent letters alerting Defendants that specific objections would be forthcoming. Even if he had specifically objected to the complaints within the time period, his lack of legal action was damning. However, the Parlet agreement was not produced by either party, so summary judgment regarding those royalties was premature, but the court eventually ruled in Defendants' favor regarding that agreement as well, in part because of previously signed release. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Good Faith & Fair Dealing
    Payment & Performance
  Equitable Remedies Rescission
Copyrights Ownership Declaratory Judgment
General Equitable Actions Unjust Enrichment
  Equitable Remedies Accounting
    Constructive Trust

Opinions Clinton v. Universal Music Group, Inc.
2008 WL 4377649
C.D. California , August 22, 2008 ( No. CV 07-00672 PSG (JWJx) )

Clinton v. Universal Music Group, Inc.
2008 WL 2491699
C.D. California , June 19, 2008 ( No. CV 07-672 PSG (JWJx) )

Clinton v. Universal Music Group, Inc.
376 Fed.Appx. 780
Ninth Circuit , April 20, 2010 ( Nos. 08-56693, 08-56765 )

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Related Searches Parties
Business Entity of Artist(s) ( Other )
Casablanca Records ( Other )
Clinton, George ( Plaintiff )
Parlet ( Other )
Parliament-Funkadelic ( Other )
Polygram Records ( Other )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )
Universal Records ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Good Faith & Fair Dealing
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Contracts / Equitable Remedies / Rescission
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
General / Equitable Actions / Unjust Enrichment
General / Equitable Remedies / Accounting
General / Equitable Remedies / Constructive Trust

C.D. California (highest court)
Ninth Circuit

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