Lawyer Claims Universal Never Investigated 2008 Fire

Lawyer Claims Universal Never Investigated 2008 Fire

A lawyer involved in the master tapes lawsuit against Universal Music Group claims the company never investigated the 2008 fire to begin with.

Artists such as Tom Petty, Soundgarden, and Steve Earle are continuing their legal pursuit for the truth over what happened in the fire that occurred at Universal Studio Lots. UMG recently stated that “many of the artists named in the lawsuit were not lost in the 2008 fire,” claiming that its “dedicated global team is actively working directly with our artists and their representatives to provide accurate information concerning the assets we have and what might have been lost in the fire. … We will not be distracted from our focus on providing our artists with full transparency even as the plaintiff’s attorneys continue to pursue these baseless claims.”

In response, attorney Ed McPherson said in a statement, “After 11 years of assuring artists that basically nothing was lost in the fire, UMG is actually conducting an investigation to what was lost in the fire.” He went as far as to claim that the label had never actually created an inventory or kept track of the material that was kept archived in the building that burned down.

Read the full story on Ultimate Classic Rock.


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