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BUSINESS
August 13, 1991 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Chicago judge scuttled a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement to a class-action lawsuit against the lip-synching pop group Milli Vanilli on Monday, saying Arista Records and its parent corporation will have to do more than just offer consumers a refund on future purchases of compact discs, albums and cassettes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS
A circuit judge in Chicago is expected to grant preliminary approval today to an unprecedented settlement to resolve a class-action fraud lawsuit filed against Milli Vanilli's record company. If approved, the settlement could take effect as early as September and potentially cost Arista Records and its parent company, Bertelsmann Music Group, millions of dollars--$225,000 of which the company has pledged to donate to court-approved charities.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since that November day last year when Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan sadly admitted that they'd never sung a note as Milli Vanilli, the pair has been the butt of jokes around the world. The very name Milli Vanilli has become generic for fake . Now Pilatus and Morvan are ready to talk about their first public step toward what they hope will be a renewed show-biz life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits filed against Milli Vanilli's record company have been denied certification by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1991
A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss federal fraud and racketeering claims against the lip-synching pop duo Milli Vanilli and associates, an action that would have left it to a state lawsuit to carry forward fraud claims against the pair, their producer and record label. Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1991
Voice theft. Song theft. Voice fraud. The cops should have had a voice squad instead of a vice squad in 1990. Silly Story Of The Year award goes to the pop group Milli Vanilli, focus of an international scandal after it was revealed that "singers" Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan had not sung a note on their 7-million-selling debut album "Girl You Know It's True."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1990 | MARC FISHER, THE WASHINGTON POST
"And now the Moment of Truth!" says Frank Farian, creator of Milli Vanilli, inventor of Rob and Fab, the pretty faces who--can you believe it!--people actually thought were singing. Farian, the German producer who blew the whistle last month on his own fraud, swivels around from his 84-track mixing console, the Pontiac-size machine on which Milli Vanilli was really made, and furnishes the promised honest-to-God truth. It's a record album.
NEWS
December 21, 1990 | JOSEPH N. BELL
I didn't know Milli Vanilli from the Righteous Brothers, so I don't know why I consumed all the stories about the scam these two men ran on a lot of doting fans and the pop music industry. But I did--rather, I guess, for the same reasons I look at freeway accidents or cop stops. Curiosity. The same curiosity led me to interrogate the young persons I drive to, and from, school occasionally about Milli Vanilli--and the later peccadilloes of the New Kids on the Block.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
There will be no 1989 Grammy for best new artist. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' board of trustees has voted to leave the Grammy--which was stripped from Milli Vanilli frontmen Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan--unawarded rather than give it to the act that received the second-highest vote total.
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