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Court rules in Drifters case

July 07, 2009|Associated Press

A federal court says a former manager of 1950s doo-wop group the Drifters could be entitled to millions of dollars from concert promoters who've infringed on the band's trademark.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled last week in favor of ex-manager Faye Treadwell. The Glendale resident has fought a lengthy legal battle over the name of the group, which sang such classics as "Up on the Roof" and "Under the Boardwalk."

The ruling allows Treadwell to seek damages from New York City promoter Larry Marshak and his associates, who've promoted the group since 2001. Marshak's attorney hasn't returned a telephone call seeking comment.

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