George Clinton and his former producer have conditionally settled their long drawn-out legal battle in which the producer alleged that the singer pursued a pointless federal copyright suit as a way promoting sales of his planned autobiography.
Attorneys for Clinton and Armen Boladian informed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin of the developments during a status conference on Friday. The judge set another hearing for Feb. 24, telling lawyers that the proceeding will be canceled if a notice of settlement is filed before then.
The terms of the conditional settlement were not divulged.
The dispute between Boladian and the 78-year-old funk singer started in 2011, when Clinton sued Boladian and his record company, Westbound Records, concerning ownership of various recordings. Boladian maintained that contracts from the 1970s showed he owned the disputed masters.
Clinton’s lawsuit was later dismissed.
Boladian then sued Clinton and his lawyers in March 2015. He maintained Clinton’s copyright case was filed in order to boost sales of his upcoming autobiography. Boladian accused Clinton of malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy and defamation.
Landin dismissed the malicious prosecution allegation in January.
Lawyers for Clinton maintained the singer believed the 1970s contracts were invalid and that the judge who dismissed the copyright case did not find the case was meritless.
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