The Court of Appeals ruled that while changes in the music industry over the past 53 years have tended to make the copyright renewal Duke Ellington signed in 1961 and similar contracts more favorable to music publishers, "clear and unambiguous" provisions govern EMI's obligations to Ellington's grandson and the composer's other survivors.
Paul M. Ellington, Appellant v. EMI Music, Inc., et al., Defendants, EMI Mills Music, Inc., Respondent, No. 156
Duke Ellington's Heirs Lose Challenge to 1961 Contract
Motorola Credit Corporation, Appellant-Respondent, Nokia Corporation, Plaintiff-Counter-Defendant, Motorola, Inc., et al., Counter-Defendants v. Standard Chartered Bank, Respondent-Appellant, Murat Hakan Uzan, et al., Defendants-Counter-Claimants, Kemal Uzan, et al., Defendants, No. 162
Creditors Barred From Tapping Foreign Branches of U.S. Banks