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Summary Judgment

Butler Snow attorney Anita Modak-Truran, recently received a summary judgment in favor of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., from the Circuit Court of Leflore County, Mississippi. This case concerned the estate of blues singer, Robert Johnson, and has been in pending litigation for 12 years. The plaintiffs claimed they were entitled to royalties from two photographs of Robert Johnson. The trial court granted summary judgment on all claims in favor of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., holding that the claims were time-barred and that there was no triable issue of fact on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims for royalties, rescission, breach of contract, unfair competition and other claims.