Montgomery Wins Case

After several months of lawyer-to-lawyer bickering, singer John Michael Montgomery’s right to use his father’s image in a previous music video was finally upheld. Montgomery’s stepmother Barbara, who’s the administrator of the Harold Montgomery estate, filed the lawsuit last year — charging that her stepson, his record company and the video co-producer didn’t have written consent to use the senior Montgomery’s likeness. The suit didn’t fly, according to Nashville’s The Tennesseean, due to the fact that the judge agreed to the singer’s argument that Harold Montgomery wasn’t a public figure and was nationally unknown. The video for the hit “I’ll Miss You A Little”is a tribute to Harold, who died of cancer in 1994. The clip featured his tombstone and a photograph of him singing. Ms. Montgomery does, however, plan to appeal.