In a case with a factual background worthy of a feature film, a group of musicians sued a group of music producers and companies for copyright infringement, breach of contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The musicians allege that for seven to twelve months one of the defendants required them to live in one room of his house in Puerto Rico, without furniture, and sleep on a floor. The claim for infliction of emotion distress was dismissed for all the other defendants.
Claims for vicarious copyright infringement and breach of contract were allowed to stand for now, as the complaint included sufficient facts for the court to decline to dismiss at this time. One of the defendants was allowed out of the case entirely for lack of personal jurisdiction.
Alicea, et al. v. LT’s Benjamin Records, et al., 11-30002-MAP (D. Mass. Jan. 11, 2011)