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Sly & the Family's Biz Sues Lawyers
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 2008
Plaintiffs Business Entity of Artist(s)
Defendants Lawyer(s)
Other Sly and the Family Stone
Short Description In original law suit, Warner/Chappell sued producers of a Showtime documentary on Sly and the Family Stone for including 39 compositions without permission from copyright. Parties entered agreements to toll statute of limitations, but the law firm for Warner forgot and the statute tolled anyway. The corporation representing the interests of Sly and the Family, who'd expected to benefit financially from the outcome of the prior lawsuit, sued Warner's lawyers for malpractice. Among Defendants' replies, they tried dismissing on the ground there'd never been an attorney-client relationship between Plaintiffs and Defendants, who were, after all, Warner's lawyers, not Plaintiff's. The court did not agree, finding an assignment from Warner to Plaintiffs prior to the current action was sufficient to transfer claims arising from the prior representation. Since the assignment didn't release Defendants from liability, the suit may continue. - LSW

Legal Issues
Alternative Dispute Resolution Settlements Judicial Enforcement
Copyrights Infringement General
Torts Professional/Legal Malpractice Negligence


Opinions Even Street Productions, Ltd. v. Shkat Arrow Hafer & Weber, LLP
643 F.Supp.2d 317
S.D. New York , May 29, 2008 ( No. 05 CV 3834(DAB) )


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Business Entity of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Lawyer(s) ( Defendant )
Sly and the Family Stone ( Other )

Legal Issues
Alternative Dispute Resolution / Settlements / Judicial Enforcement
Copyrights / Infringement / General
Torts / Professional/Legal Malpractice / Negligence

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S.D. New York (highest court)


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