Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Parmeter Loses Appeal

In the case of Parmeter v. AFM, in which three recording musicians disputed AFM's attempts to collect "work dues" on non-negotiated agreements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of AFM "for substantially the same reasons stated by the district court."

The opinion of the Court of Appeals was brief, affirming the lengthy opinion of the district court. The district court's opinion relied on the proposition that AFM should be given wide latitude to interpret its own bylaws.

A Supreme Court appeal is technically possible, but unlikely due to the apparently uncontroversial ruling.

Further, with AFM politics completely changed since the election, hope is alive for a solution outside of the courts.

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