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April 8, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
The defense began presenting its case Thursday in the tax evasion trial of reputed mobster Salvatore Pisello with two record industry veterans testifying about the sometimes-murky world of "cutout," or discontinued, record sales. Pisello is charged with evading taxes on about $450,000 in unreported income for the years 1983 to 1985. Some of that alleged unreported income came from two cutout record sales that Pisello negotiated in 1984, apparently on behalf of MCA Records.
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April 8, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
The defense began presenting its case Thursday in the tax evasion trial of reputed mobster Salvatore Pisello with two record industry veterans testifying about the sometimes-murky world of "cutout," or discontinued, record sales. Pisello is charged with evading taxes on about $450,000 in unreported income for the years 1983 to 1985. Some of that alleged unreported income came from two cutout record sales that Pisello negotiated in 1984, apparently on behalf of MCA Records.
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July 22, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writer
An often-bitter, 16-month legal battle between MCA Records and a distributor of budget records ended Tuesday, when a U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles ruled that MCA was not responsible for losses suffered by Scorpio Music as a result of a 1984 purchase of so-called cutout recordings from MCA. "We feel it was a just verdict, well supported by the facts," said Dennis Kinnaird, a lawyer with the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, which represented MCA.
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March 20, 1986 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
MCA Records has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a New Jersey budget-record distributor, claiming that the company manufactured and sold counterfeit recordings by such popular MCA artists as The Who, Jimmy Buffett and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Trenton-based Scorpio Music also infringed a trademark by illegally manufacturing and distributing recordings displaying the MCA logo.
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March 21, 1986 | Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A New Jersey distributor of so-called cut-out records filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Thursday, claiming that it had been defrauded by MCA Records in a racketeering scheme.
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March 14, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday dismissed MCA Records' $10-million counterfeiting lawsuit against a New Jersey distributor of budget records and tapes. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that Trenton-based Scorpio Music had not, as MCA claimed, illegally manufactured and distributed hundreds of thousands of bogus cassettes by some of the Los Angeles record label's top-selling artists.
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