The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a copyright infringement case against singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, singer/songwriter Erika Ender and Universal Music Group over the lyrics to the song “Despacito.” According to Billboard, the plaintiff claims the song has the same title and similar lyrics to his song “Despasito,” which was registered in 2006, and he sought a percentage of royalties from the hit song and compensation for using his work without authorization. The case was dismissed on the grounds that the aspects of the songs that were similar were not protectable. Attorneys in Pryor Cashman‘s Miami office represented Fonsi and Universal in the case.
A proposed class action filed by a Minnesota man against Minneapolis-based Blue Plate Restaurant Co. was recently dismisses, reports City Pages. The plaintiff’s suit centered on an employee wellness fee imposed by one of Blue Plate’s restaurants, which was implemented as an extra charge to cover the cost of employee health insurance. The surcharge from Blue Plate, which was represented by Winthrop & Weinstine, was ruled to be legal because the restaurant alerted customers to the existence of the fee through information printed on its menus.
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