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Simone's Ex vs. Simone's Lawyer
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 2009
Plaintiffs Music Producer(s)
Spouse of Artist(s)
Defendants Estate of Artist(s)
Family of Artist(s)
Other Simone, Nina
Short Description After Nina Simone died, there were apparently numerous lawsuits regarding ownership of her songs, including her ex-husband/producer (Plaintiff), her lawyer (Defendant), and others, involving percentages left to parties in her separation agreement (from Plaintiff) and her will, as well as contingencies owed to Defendant. Plaintiff was granted ownership to various Simone compositions through his separation from her, Defendant was given ownership as contingency, and a probate court had found some of the contests rights belonged to Simone's estate. Plaintiffs sued for declaration of rights for ownership of copyrights, and alleging that Defendants had entered into license agreements involving copyrights he didn't own, and that these licenses constituted various causes of action. However, Plaintiff here is also the defendant in a lawsuit in which Defendant here is the plaintiff, out in California. The claims Plaintiff brought here are identical to the claims raised in his answer to the other suit. The court dismissed this case under the "prior pending litigation" doctrine, so as to avoid duplicitous litigation. - LSW

Legal Issues
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Personal Jurisdiction
    Venue
Copyrights Infringement Unauthorized Licensing
General Affirmative Defenses Prior Pending Action & Abstention
Torts Economic Torts Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
    Interference with Contract, Business, Interests & Expectancy
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Federal (Lanham Act) Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts


Opinions Andy Stroud, Inc. v. Brown
91 U.S.P.Q.2d 1520 / 2009 WL 539863
S.D. New York , March 04, 2009 ( No. 08 Civ. 8246 (HB) )


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Related Searches Parties
Estate of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Family of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Music Producer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Simone, Nina ( Other )
Spouse of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Personal Jurisdiction
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Venue
Copyrights / Infringement / Unauthorized Licensing
General / Affirmative Defenses / Prior Pending Action & Abstention
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement
Torts / Economic Torts / Interference with Contract, Business, Interests & Expectancy
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / Federal (Lanham Act) / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts

Courts
S.D. New York (highest court)


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