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Loeb & Loeb Secures Appellate Victory in Herman’s Hermits Royalties Dispute

Loeb & Loeb LLP achieved a significant appellate victory on behalf of client Chimeron LLC, the entity formed by the members of the 1960s British-invasion band Herman's Hermits to administer the band’s artist royalties, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s judgment in favor Chimeron, finding the band’s record label, ABKCO Music & Records Inc., liable for breach of contract and damages from unpaid royalties.

ABKCO initiated the lawsuit against Chimeron in 2010, seeking declaration that it was not indebted to Chimeron under a series of recording and distribution agreements entered into in the 1960s by the Hermits and certain record producers. Chimeron counterclaimed, seeking damages for unpaid royalty fees.

In February 2012, following a seven-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of Chimeron, and the district court entered judgment for Loeb’s client together with statutory interest amounting to approximately $500,000.

In a summary order issued on February 21, 2013, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment in its entirety. 

Loeb & Loeb partners Barry I. Slotnick and Christian D. Carbone, and associate C. Linna Chen represented Chimeron LLC in the suit.