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A summary of Southern California-related business litigation developments during the past week.

November 26, 1990|From United Press International

Suit Asserts Winwood Hit Was Stolen: Jobete Music Co. sued singer Steve Winwood, alleging that his 1988 hit "Roll With It" was stolen from a tune recorded 22 years earlier by the Motown band Junior Walker and the All Stars. The federal lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages accuses Winwood and his co-writer of copyright infringement, claiming their song is based on Walker's 1966 hit "I'm a Roadrunner." The suit says the two songs bear "substantial lyrical, harmonic, rhythmic and melodic similarities," even to the "untrained ear." Jobete purchased copyrights to "I'm a Roadrunner" before it was recorded by the Junior Walker band. In addition to Winwood, the suit names as defendants his co-writer, Will Jennings, Virgin Records, Warner/Elecktra/Asylum Music Inc. and other companies having interests in "Roll With It." (Case No. 90-6192. Filed Nov. 19, 1990).

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