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AMERICAN IDOL LAWSUIT
Lawsuit filed in NY charges Sony Music cheated 'American Idol' contestants out of royalties
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:20 PM EST
A federal lawsuit filed in New York charges that Sony Music Entertainment cheated "American Idol" contestants including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood out of at least $10 million in royalties.
The lawsuit says 19 discovered the royalty issue from two separate audits of Sony's records.
Other artists named in the suit include Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry and Jordin Sparks.
Attorney Richard Busch, of the Nashville firm King & Ballow, says the legal action was necessary to protect the rights of 19's artists.
A Sony spokeswoman said she had no comment on the lawsuit.