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Ohio Players: "No More Contract!"
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 2000
Plaintiffs Ohio Players
Defendants Polygram Records
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description The Ohio Players, who in the 1970s went to great lengths to sign a contract with Defendant's predecessor (Phonogram Records), sued their label twenty years later after signing a renegotiated second record contract, which they hoped would put them on more equal footing with their label, providing royalty income for recordings that wouldn't be set off against their recoupable debt with the label. It was, however, equally slanted in the label's favor, as acknowledged by the court. According to the contract, certain royalties from compilation records and licensing were applied to old debts, and thus would not reach the artists anytime soon. Regardless, when the Players argued the contract should be rescinded for fraud or breach, the court disagreed. In fact, the court ruled against the Players on all counts; their unjust enrichment claim was preempted by the Copyright Act and they'd proven no breach of good faith and fair dealing. The contracts may not have been very favorable, but they're not actionable. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
    Good Faith & Fair Dealing
    Payment & Performance
  Equitable Remedies Rescission
General Affirmative Defenses Federal Preemption
  Equitable Actions Unjust Enrichment
  Equitable Remedies Constructive Trust
Torts Economic Torts Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
Trademarks & Unfair Competition State Statute/Common Law Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts


Opinions Ohio Players, Inc. v. Polygram Records, Inc.
2000 Copr.L.Dec. P 28,174 / 2000 WL 1616999
S.D. New York , October 27, 2000 ( No. 99Civ.0033 )


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Related Searches Parties
Ohio Players ( Plaintiff )
Polygram Records ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
Contracts / Breach / Good Faith & Fair Dealing
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Contracts / Equitable Remedies / Rescission
General / Affirmative Defenses / Federal Preemption
General / Equitable Actions / Unjust Enrichment
General / Equitable Remedies / Constructive Trust
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts

Courts
S.D. New York (highest court)


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