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Yoo v. Robi
California Court of Appeal
126 Cal. App. 4th 1089 (2005)
Howard Wolf (plaintiff) entered into a contract with Paul Robi of the singing group the Platters. The contract stated that Wolf was acting as Paul’s personal manager, not as a licensed agent. During the term of the contract, Wolf made several attempts to procure performance engagements for Paul, as well as a recording contract for an album. The Talent Agencies Act (TAA) does not specifically prohibit the procurement of recording contracts. The TAA does, however, prohibit unlicensed agents from procuring or attempting to procure performance engagements. Paul’s album remained unreleased when he died. Paul’s widow, Martha Robi (defendant), authorized the posthumous release of the recordings made for the album. Wolf brought suit, attempting to collect a commission for having facilitated the recording contract. The trial court found in favor of Martha. Wolf, succeeded by his trustee in bankruptcy, Timothy Yoo (plaintiff) appealed. The California Court of Appeal granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Johnson, J.)
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