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Published: 2013/08/22

Porter-Batiste-Stoltz Receive Favorable Ruling After Lengthy Legal Battle

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George Porter, Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz got a favorable ruling from a federal court in Louisiana following a lengthy legal battle with their old management company, Highsteppin’ Productions. The ruling, which came last Friday, resolves an almost four-year ordeal for the musicians, who were sued for over half a million dollars when their band, Porter-Batiste-Stoltz chose not to renew their management contract.

After suit, Porter, Batiste and Stoltz were forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in order to protect their assets, and they eventually countersued Highsteppin’ Productions for breach of contract and unfair trade practices. A campaign was also started to raise money for their legal costs, and a benefit concert featuring Anders Osborne, Stanton Moore, Billy Iuso, John Gros and more was held at the Howlin’ Wolf in May of 2011.

NOLA.com reports that Friday’s decision by Judge Magner upheld their claim of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices, though it denied their claim of copyright infringement.

The production company still has time to appeal the ruling but, if the deadline passes or if the ruling is upheld, Porter, Batiste and Stoltz will not owe Highsteppin’ Productions anything and they will also be awarded court costs and attorney’s fees. The members of the band will also be able to work toward the dismissal of their bankruptcies after settling any other legitimate debts.

Comments

There are 6 comments associated with this post

Yayman August 22, 2013, 12:40:47

Awesome news!
Let’s get PBS back out on tour!!

Josh August 22, 2013, 12:47:58

Who wrote this thing? Who proof read it? I wonder when I’ll be able to pay off all of my legitimate debuts. Any thing? Is it Highsteppin’ Productions or Highsteppin Production?

yer mama August 22, 2013, 13:03:50

Looks like the proof reader was you Josh.

Cliff August 22, 2013, 14:56:07

Josh, why don’t you start writing for this site. You always comment on the grammar on this site so you must be able to do better.

pm August 22, 2013, 17:07:51

good news! these guys are national treasures

micahl August 22, 2013, 18:41:30

Hell yea let’s get em back on the road. I was wondering why they weren’t touring for a while. Miss those dudes looking forward to grooving out to PBS !

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