A $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit against the singer Billy Joel has been dropped. Alan Friedman, Joel's lawyer, said that Gary Zimmerman, the claimant, had received no money. Carl Person, Zimmerman's lawyer, confirmed that his client had dropped the suit and received no money.
Zimmerman, a songwriter in Merrick, N.Y., had charged that Joel had stolen his work for the hit songs "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "River of Dreams."He contended that he had sent his unpublished song "Nowhere Man" to Joel in 1986 and that parts of it had been used in the two hits. Joel said he had never heard of Zimmerman's song.