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Enrique Iglesias Taps Stroock to Take on Universal Music Group

Case alleges Universal has underpaid streaming royalties, owing Iglesias millions

International recording star Enrique Iglesias, who has sold more than 100 million records and has more #1 dance hits than Michael Jackson and Prince, is represented by Stroock in a dispute with his former record label. James Sammataro filed the lawsuit this week against record company Universal Music Group, claiming that Universal calculated Iglesias’ streaming royalties at a “small fraction of the contractually-required 50% royalty rate,” shortchanging the King of Latin Pop millions of dollars.

The suit, which was filed this Wednesday, resulted in significant media coverage, including the Associated PressWall Street JournalMiami HeraldMiami.comReutersLaw360Global NewsBloombergThe GuardianVarietyDaily Business ReviewDaily NewsU.S. News & World ReportBillboard and The Hollywood Reporter

Sammataro has been at the forefront of digital and streaming music, royalty and copyright issues and artificial intelligence. He is often called upon by industry media as a thought leader on the topic.

In September, Sammataro authored articles for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter that explained why non-human creation shouldn't be dismissed as merely monkey business. Monkeys cannot create copyrightable works. 

In June, Sammataro co-authored an article on the Flo & Eddie class action against various internet and satellite radio stations in Florida, California and New York, taking on industry giants such as Sirius XM® and Pandora®.