By Hayden Wright
It’s been years since Jay Z and Dame Dash parted ways as founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, but the pair have a new joint legal victory to celebrate. A $7 million lawsuit brought against Jay and Dash has been dismissed by a federal court.
The suit alleged that the founders of Roc-A-Fella failed to make royalty payments and other compensation to designer Dwayne Walker, who claimed he was contracted to provide logo art for the label.
Jay’s team argued that no sufficient evidence exists to prove such a contract was ever signed. And Walker failed to provide the contract. Witness testimony, the judge ruled, would not prove the case.
“This leaves only plaintiff’s own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it, and that he lost track of it in 1998,” the judge wrote. “This testimony alone is not enough.”
We’re left with a classic Judge Judy lesson: Don’t lose track of contracts! This puts one matter of old business to bed for Dash, who spoke up earlier this year when his wife Rachel Roy was publicly implicated in the marital troubles Jay experienced with Beyoncé, as illustrated in Lemonade.