A selected summary of Southern California-related business litigation developments during the past week.
Van Halen Sues 2 Live Crew Over Copyright: Heavy metal rock band Van Halen sued members of the rap group 2 Live Crew, contending that they illegally used part of the Van Halen hit “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” on a popular rap tune. In the federal suit, Van Halen Music Inc. said 2 Live Crew member David Hobbs admitted in a deposition last May that two of his group’s tunes duplicated music in the Van Halen song. The suit asserts that 2 Live Crew has sold at least 2 million copies of the song in singles and on the albums “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” and “As Clean as They Wanna Be.” In addition to damages for copyright infringement, the suit seeks $300,000 in damages for unfair competition. (Case No. 90- 6834. Filed Dec. 20, 1990).