Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. 11C Music

202 F.R.D. 229 (2001)

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Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. 11C Music

United States Court of Appeals for the Middle District of Tennessee
202 F.R.D. 229 (2001)

Facts

Bridgeport Music, Inc., and other music publishing, recording, and distributing entities (collectively, Bridgeport Music) (plaintiffs) filed suit against more than 770 named defendants in a single complaint comprising 486 counts and more than 901 pages. 11CMusic and other named parties (defendants) argued that Bridgeport was in violation of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 20 because 11CMusic and the other parties were not properly joined, and they moved to sever the claims. Bridgeport asserted that because the named defendants were involved in the publishing, recording, or distributing processes of more than one song, the claims thus arose the same transactions or occurrences, making joinder proper under FRCP 20(a).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Campbell, J.)

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