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Backup Musicians Avoid Dismissal of Union Royalties Fee Lawsuit

June 15, 2021, 7:59 PM

A California federal court refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging entertainment industry unions violated their fiduciary duty to the artists they represent by agreeing to accept a fee from the Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, which would come out of the royalties owed to non-featured musicians.

A class of musicians and vocalists sued the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, as well as the trustees of the fund.

According to the complaint, originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court but later removed to the U.S. ...

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