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Beverly Glen Music, Inc. v. Warner Communications, Inc.

California Court of Appeal
2224 Cal. Rptr. 260, 178 Cal. App. 3d 1142 (1986)


In 1982, Anita Baker signed a record deal with Beverly Glen Music, Inc. (plaintiff). The contract paid Baker less than $6,000 annually. After her first album, Warner Communications, Inc. (defendant) offered Baker a better deal. Baker left Beverly and signed with Warner. Beverly sued Baker seeking to enjoin her from performing for Warner. The injunction was denied based on a California law prohibiting courts from enjoining the breach of a personal-services contract unless the service is unique, and the employee makes at least $6,000 annually. After the denial, Beverly sued Warner, seeking to enjoin Warner from hiring Baker. The trial court denied this injunction as well. Beverly appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kingsley, J.)

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