Jay Z and Damon Dash scored a legal victory this week after a federal judge dismissed a $7 million lawsuit against the former Roc-A-Fella bosses after being accused of breach of contract and copyright infringement charges.
Reuters reports, Dwayne Walker filed the lawsuit in 2012 claiming that he created the Roc-A-Fella logo while Dash and Universal Records argued that it was created by an in-house art director.
Walker also claims that Damon Dash signed a contract which entitled him to royalties from the logo however US District Judge Andrew Carter saw otherwise. Citing lack of evidence, Walker and two other people allegedly saw the contract which no longer exists which left the judge to write in his decision.
In a 32-page decision, Carter wrote, “This leaves only the 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.”
Judge Carter also added that Walker waited too long to file the copyright claim. He took five years, instead of three, to go after his allegedly owed royalties from The Roc.
Walker’s lawyer Gregory Berry plans to appeal the decision and also stated, “Walker made the logo in 1995. Then in 2013, in response to this suit-never before–the defendants find a guy who is willing to claim now that HE made the logo…Sounds like a factual question for trial? We agree.”
Seeing that Roc-A-Fella grossed over a $100-million dollars in sales prior to its breakup which occurred way before that lawsuit was filed in 2012, it makes you wonder why Walker waited so long to go after his bread.
Anyway…Cheers to The Roc, Jay Z and Damon Dash…for now…