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Judge: Neighbor's noise lawsuit against Madonna OK

US singer and director Madonna poses at the photo call for the film W.E. during the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (Joel Ryan)

September 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of Madonna's upcoming appearances could be in a courtroom.

A judge turned down her request to dismiss a neighbor's lawsuit that claimed the singer made a racket by using her New York City apartment as a rehearsal studio.

The man is suing Madonna and the building's co-op board. They said the noise never topped legal levels.

The judge said the dispute warrants a trial.

Madonna has not commented.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.