A federal judge rejected part of a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she sang lead vocals on four of Paula Abdul’s hits, saying he’ll probably let a jury decide the rest.
U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima on Monday tossed out Yvette Marine’s claim that she is due more compensation than she received for her work on the album “Forever Your Girl.”
But he rejected pleas by lawyers for Abdul’s label, Virgin Records, to dismiss the entire case. Tashima said the lawyers will have to mount a defense.
Tashima conceded the remaining claims by Marine appear weak. He said there isn’t any indication the public was deceived because the singers’ voices blend together and listeners can’t tell one from another.
Marine says she sang lead vocals on four songs, but was only credited with singing backup vocals.
“Forever Your Girl” was released in 1988 and sold seven million copies.