Ft Lauderdale,FL (PRWEB) December 03, 2012
Fort Lauderdale attorney Michael I. Santucci recently helped family members of Bob Marley settle a federal lawsuit regarding intellectual property rights relating to the reggae music legend, his mother Cedella Marley Booker and Miami’s Nine Mile Music Festival. A Stipulation for Dismissal With Prejudice Based on Settlement was filed Friday in the United States District for the Southern District of Florida.
Santucci, who practices with the law firm of Santucci Priore, P.L., represents Bob Marley’s brother Richard Booker, Bob Marley Movement of Jah People, originally a Bob Marley & The Wailers fan club and the Bob Marley Heritage Foundation, which helps needy and hungry families. He recently responded to a telephone inquiry from media personnel at Nutricompany.com, which specializes in celebrity-endorsed nutritional products.
“This was a sensitive case which involved historic facts and many moving parts. The legacy of a great man and a great family were at stake. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a settlement which was amenable to the family members involved,” said Santucci. “From what I learned about Bob Marley and his intentions, he would be happy with our recent achievements, especially the peace brought to the family,” said Santucci.
Richard Booker was close to Marley and several of his children, as the two shared the same mother in well-known reggae artist and restaurateur Cedella Marley Booker. After Bob Marley’s death in 1981 and then Cedella Marley Booker’s in 2008, Richard Booker inherited control of the Movement of Jah People. Since then, he has operated the annual Nine Mile Music Festival in Miami, “Mama Marley” restaurants in Jamaica and Nine Mile a tourist destination in the Saint Anne Parish, Jamaica, near Ocho Rios where Bob and their mother were born, lived and laid to rest.
While this was a well-publicized case, attorney Michael Santucci is no stranger to high profile litigation. He previously served on the litigation team of the 2002 landmark All Pro Sports Camps, Inc. vs. Walt Disney Company, in which he helped secure a record $240 million verdict for his clients with legendary attorneys Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary. The Marley family settlement occurred on the heels of Santucci’s August, 2012 settlement of the decade-long litigation between electronic music giants Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Records. Santucci and one other attorney for Ultra Music Festival sat in a conference room from 6:00 PM until 7:30 AM the next morning after a two week trial in New York City, and forged a strategic alliance between the two adverse companies minutes before the jury was scheduled to begin deliberations. Regarding the Ultra settlement, Santucci simply said: “The work day ends when the job is done.”
Santucci has also served as a reliable legal source for members of the news media. “I am grateful for the trust my clients have put in me and my firm throughout the years. It is truly a privilege to work with such clients and fellow attorneys on both sides of the “v.” said Santucci.
Case No. 11-cv-24326-MCG
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