Universal fire lawsuit, originally filed by Soundgarden, Tom Petty’s ex-wife & others, dismissed

The lawsuit against Universal Music Group concerning master recordings allegedly damaged in the 2008 Universal Studios vault fire has been dismissed, Rolling Stone reports.

The suit was originally filed last June by SoundgardenHole, the late Tom Petty‘s ex-wife Jane Petty, the estate of late rapper Tupac Shakur, and Americana singer-songwriter Steve Earle following an article from The New York Times Magazine, which reported extensive damage to thousands of master recordings from hundreds of artists.

The plaintiffs accused UMG in the suit of negligence, breach of contract and reckless conduct regarding the fire and the alleged cover-up of its damage. All of those allegations were dismissed by the judge.

Hole dropped out of the case last August, while Soundgarden, Earle and Shakur’s estate withdrew this past March. Jane Petty was the only remaining plaintiff by the time the suit was dismissed.

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