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BetteBack October 28, 1989: Ford Off Hook In Midler Lawsuit, But Not Ad Agency

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
October 28, 1989

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Ford Motor Co. is off the hook in singer-actress Bette Midler‘s ?10 million lawsuit over a TV car commercial that used an imitation of her singing voice. U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled Thursday there was insufficient evidence to proceed against Ford, but
allowed the lawsuit to stand against an advertising agency, Young & Rubicam Inc. “We were pleased by the decision and it was a decision we anticipated based on Ms. Midler’s failure to present any evidence to prove her case against Ford,” said Howard J. Privett, attorney
for the automobile manufacturer.

“I don’t do commercials,” Midler testified Wednesday

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