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VIRGIN RECORDS PREVAILS ON MOTION IN LAWSUIT INVOLVING PAULA ABDUL ALBUM

 LOS ANGELES, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled favorably yesterday on one of the key points set forth by defendant, Virgin Records in its Motion For Judgment As A Matter of Law in the case of Yvette Marine v. Virgin Records America Inc. The case, now on trial in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is expected to conclude the first week of August.
 "The bottom line," said Joe Yanny with the Los Angeles law firm of Fischbach, Perlstein & Yanny and lead attorney for Virgin Records, "is that the plaintiff has effectively lost half of her case." Yanny predicts that "the rest will go shortly." In fact, the Judge said that he might not let this case go to the jury, and encouraged Virgin Records to file a similar motion at the close of the trial.
 "Judge Tashima's ruling amounts to a directed verdict as to the plaintiff's claim for quantum meruit, which basically eliminates her claim for any artists' royalties," explained Yanny. The court expressed serious doubts as to the validity of the plaintiff's claims and eliminated her claims for miscrediting on the "Knocked Out" and "State of Attraction" phonorecordings.
 The trial began on July 13 and is a dispute over credit, copyright and compensation concerning Paula Abdul's first album, "Forever Your Girl," released in 1988. The lawsuit claims that background singer, Yvette Marine, sang co-lead vocals on four songs and is therefore entitled to credit and monetary compensation. Virgin Records disputes her claim and maintains that she was properly paid and credited for her participation. Abdul is not on trial in this action, but a witness on behalf of Virgin Records.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Marich of Edelman Public Relations for Virgin Records, 213-857-9100/


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