Jay Z’s got 99 problems and a lawsuit’s one.
Rewind back to 2012 when fashion designer, Dwayne Walker, sued Hov, Dame Dash and fellow Roc co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke for allegedly swiping the Roc-A-Fella logo that Walker designed in 1995 and still owns.
According to a press release (dated March 20), Walker claims that Jay Z, Dash, and Biggs promised to give him $3,500 and 2 percent of the revenue for 10 years after the first year of the logo’s use. He said the $3,500 was paid in full but he received zero royalties and is reportedly owed $7 million in royalties.
Turns out the Jigga man will not be able to dodge this one as he will have to “cooperate with discovery” via depositions and document production.
“We are pleased with the court’s order,” Gregory Berry, Walker’s attorney, said in the statement. “For over 18 months Jay-Z and the other defendants have done everything they can to avoid swearing under oath to the events that led to the creation of the logo. With the decision today, the defendants’ delay tactics must stop, and Mr. Walker’s quest for justice can move forward.”
The suit was filed in July 2012 in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court and is the second this year for the Brooklyn MC, who was among those hit with a $600 million lawsuit by a man who claims he trademarked the Brooklyn Nets name over a decade ago.