Aaliyah’s Label Can’t Sue Video Producer Who Booked Ill-Fated Flight

Court rules only singer's parents have right to sue for wrongful death.

A New York court has ruled that Aaliyah’s record company cannot sue the video producer who booked the private jet that crashed in the Bahamas in 2001, killing the singer.

The Manhattan appeals court reversed its June 2004 decision, which had allowed the company to file suit, saying on Thursday that only Aaliyah’s parents had a right to sue for wrongful death (see “Aaliyah Killed In Plane Crash” ), which they had already done in 2003 and received compensation for, according to The Associated Press.

The June ruling allowed Blackground Records to file suit because Aaliyah was considered the prime “asset” of the company and not just an employee.

According to the AP, Frank Penski, Blackground’s appellate lawyer, said as of Thursday he had not seen the decision and did not know if his client would further pursue a lawsuit against the producer.

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