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Lawsuit Filed Against Slip-N-Slide

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woman in Maryland has filed a class action lawsuit A Maryland

mother has filed a class action lawsuit against AOL-Time

Warner, Atlantic Records and Slip-N-Slide Records, the

home of Miami’s Trina, Trick

Daddy and The Iconz.

The lawsuit

comes after the woman bought a clean version of Trick

Daddy’s latest release, Thugs Are Us for her 11

year old son, and found some "explicit" lyrics

on some of the songs. Jon Pels, who is representing the

woman in the suit, claims that he bought additional copies

of the clean versions, and all had the same content.

"Although

we’ve just been served with the lawsuit, it is clear on

its face that the plaintiffs misunderstand the RIAA

guidelines on parental labels," a Warner spokeswoman

said. "If record companies and artists can be sued

just because one parent or judge believes that an album

was improperly labeled, then that discourages all record

companies from labeling."

The lawsuit

adds fuel to Congressional fire, where a new bill similar

to Senator Lieberman’s is making it’s way through Congress.

The new bill, which was introduced in the House of Representatives

by Rep. Steven Israel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.).

Osborne, read similar to Lieberman’s bill.

Senator Lieberman

recently wrote President Bush, who all but came right

out and supported Lieberman. The letter Lieberman sent

contends that the entertainment industry has been “targeting

heavily violent content meant for adults directly to our

children” and the legislation needs to be put into place

to help.

"Like

most Americans, (Bush) is disturbed by the amount of violent

entertainment. The president is committed to providing

parents with the tools they need to protect their children

from unhealthy images. He is committed to working with

leaders in the industry to encourage less violence, less

substance abuse and less sex in entertainment,” White

House deputy press secretary Scott McClellan McClellan

said.

"We too

have First Amendment rights. We have a right to be advocates

for parents,” Lieberman said. "Frankly, we are trying

to touch (the entertainment industry’s) sense of shame,

so that they will draw lines they will not cross.”

"This

bill is fatally flawed. It actually punishes those who

voluntarily rate their films and provide information to

parents while giving those who do nothing a free pass.

This is illogical and anti-parental information,” Motion

Picture Assn. of America president-CEO Jack Valenti said.

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