Defendants who cried foul over late service of process in a copyright suit over a song by R&B singer Mary J. Blige will have to face the music anyway.

A federal judge in New Jersey, though agreeing there was no good cause for the delay, extended the time for service as a matter of discretion, because the defendants had notice of the suit and so were not prejudiced by the delay, and that the statute of limitations had run.

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