Warner Bros. Settles Lawsuit

Dec 23, 2011 - LegalZoom News Source
Warner Bros. recently settled a lawsuit with members of the musical group The Shirelles.

Warner Bros. recently settled a lawsuit with members of the musical group The Shirelles, who alleged the company cheated the group out of royalties when using its story for a Broadway musical.

The Shirelles, which includes "Celebrity Apprentice" star and music icon Dionne Warwick, filed the lawsuit after the musical "Baby It's You" premiered earlier in the year, allegedly misusing the names and likenesses of members of The Shirelles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Reporter stated the musical tells the story of Florence Greenberg, who discovered The Shirelles and created Scepter Records, which Warwick was not pleased with.

The musical ended production in September and the two sides reached an agreement on December 15 to settle the dispute for an undisclosed amount, the source reported. Warner had attempted to have the lawsuit tossed, alleging the musical had "other newsworthy topics of public interest" that didn't focus on the group that Greenberg discovered.

The Shirelles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, according to the group's website.