"This case took place during a pandemic where court procedures departed from the norm," Judge Melanie G. May wrote on behalf of the three-judge appellate panel. "Plaintiff's counsel should have been aware of the trial court's instructions, but once it became apparent that plaintiff's counsel was not in compliance with those instructions, his only alternative was to ask for additional time to comply, which he did. The court had already ruled on the plaintiff's entitlement to fees and costs, but then refused to award them when plaintiff's counsel failed to appreciate the procedures required due to the pandemic."
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Judge: 1963 Royalties Agreement Between 'Funny Girl' Lyricist, Producer Cannot Be Canceled Under Copyright Law
"I agree with the Hymans. Although Merrill may terminate her late husband's licensing deals, she has no right to cancel his royalty deals," Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer wrote in the opinion. "And Bob Merrill's agreement with Hyman was only a royalty deal. I will therefore deny Merrill's motion for summary judgment and grant summary judgment to the Hymans."
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