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The lawsuit against Universal Music Group for 2008 warehouse fire has been dismissed

The lawsuit against Universal Music Group for 2008 warehouse fire has been dismissed

Luke Sharkey

Back in 2008, Universal Music are alleged to have lost quite a bit of mastered material during a fire in a backlot of a warehouse they were supposed to have rented.

The New York Times magazine published an investigation on the fire last year, which resulted in a class-action lawsuit being filed against the label.

A group of artists, including the estate of Tupac Shakur, Jane Petty, Hole and Soundgarden all got in on the lawsuit.

However, the label have long maintained falsities in the story printed by the Times about the fire.

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UMG released a statement “As we have said all along, the New York Times Magazine articles at the root of this litigation were stunning in their overstatement and inaccuracy”.

Since the lawsuit was filled in June of last year, the plaintiffs have dropped off the case one by one – until a federal judge dismissed the case entirely (without prejudice) early this week.


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