Hole Dropped From Universal Warehouse Fire Lawsuit

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Courtney Love (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
Courtney Love (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

In June, a New York Times investigation made the beforehand unknown revelation {that a} 2008 Universal Studios Hollywood fire destroyed an enormous amount of grasp tapes by quite a lot of iconic artists throughout well-liked music historical past. Courtney Love and Hole joined Soundgarden, Steve Earle, and the estates of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty to sue UMG for losses. Hole have now been dropped from that lawsuit, Variety reports.

An amended grievance, filed on Friday, dropped Hole as a plaintiff “solely based on UMG’s written assurances to Plaintiffs’ counsel that no Hole master recordings were lost in the fire.” The grievance continues: “At present Plaintiffs are not aware of information contradicting those recent assurances regarding Hole.” Pitchfork has reached out to Courtney Love’s consultant for remark.

The lawsuit—the primary authorized case introduced towards UMG following the report—sought $100 million in damages. The plaintiffs claimed that Universal breached contracts by failing to guard the masters and will have shared any settlement funds with artists.

In a brand new statement, UMG introduced intentions to offer artists with “full transparency.” They continued: “We have already determined that original masters for many of the artists named in the lawsuit were not lost in the 2008 fire.”

The plaintiffs’ lawyer Ed McPherson responded, “Well, isn’t that great! After 11 years of assuring artists that basically nothing was lost in the fire, UMG is actually conducting an investigation to see what was lost in the fire.”