UMG defeats rap duo Black Sheep’s lawsuit over Spotify royalties


  • Black Sheep accused Universal Music Group of lowering royalties based on Spotify deal
  • Court said claims time barred, terms of contract supported UMG

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Universal Music Group (UMG.AS) persuaded a judge in Manhattan to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by rap duo Black Sheep that accused the label of withholding nearly $750 million in Spotify (SPOT.N) royalties from its musicians.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Rochon said on Monday that the duo waited too long to bring much of its case and that it could not support its remaining claims that UMG unlawfully underpaid its artists.

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