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RCA Clarifies Elvis's Royalties
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 1982
Plaintiffs RCA Records
Defendants Estate of Artist(s)
Executor of Estate(s)
Family of Artist(s)
Parker, Colonel Tom
Other Presley, Elvis
Short Description Following Elvis's death, the estate sought to re-visit and, in some cases, invalidate certain prior recordings signed by Elvis during his lifetime. In this suit, the estate (in an alternate probate proceeding in Nevada) questioned the legitimacy of the recording contract signed between Elvis, Col. Tom Parker (his manager), and Plaintiff RCA Records. Anticipating disputes over the payments RCA would be expected to make, they filed an interpleader, naming as Defendants Elvis's estate, various Presley family members, and Parker. The court upheld jurisdiction under the federal interpleader statute (minimal diversity of citizenship and over $500 in contest) and held venue appropriate. Parker's attempts to be classified as a "stateless" citizen through his Dutch birth and citizenship were rejected. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Third Party Claims Interpleader
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Personal Jurisdiction
    Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    Venue
Contracts Enforceability Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Trusts & Estates Will Probate & Administration Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations


Opinions RCA Records, a Div. of RCA Corp. v. Hanks
548 F. Supp. 979
S.D. New York , September 16, 1982 ( No. 81 Civ. 6594 (RLC) )


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Related Searches Parties
Estate of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Executor of Estate(s) ( Defendant )
Family of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Parker, Colonel Tom ( Defendant )
Presley, Elvis ( Other )
RCA Records ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Third Party Claims / Interpleader
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Personal Jurisdiction
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Venue
Contracts / Enforceability / Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Trusts & Estates / Will Probate & Administration / Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations

Courts
S.D. New York (highest court)


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