Rock band, Yellowcard has dropped a $15 million copyright lawsuit against Juice WRLD, which was filed final October earlier than the rapper’s death, and accused him and his producers of knowingly copying the band’s track “Holly Wood Died” on his breakout hit “Lucid Dreams.”
Last Friday, July 24th, Yellowcard’s lawyer, Richard Busch, a famous copyright lawyer who represented the Marvin Gaye Estate within the “Blurred Lines” case, signed off on a kind to dismiss the criticism, According to the New York Times reports.
Yellowcard Dropped $15 million Copyright Lawsuit Against Juice WRLD
The status of the case had been in limbo since Juice WRLD died of an accidental overdose last December. Not long after, Yellowcard indicated that they had been ready to go forward with the lawsuit, although the precise court proceedings were placed on hold till Juice WRLD’s estate could identify an executor.
In court paperwork filed a couple of weeks ago, attorneys for Juice WRLD stated that his mom, Carmela Wallace, had been appointed the consultant of the estate, which means she would now be the defendant within the lawsuit as well.
In a press release to Rolling Stone, Busch stated the decision to dismiss the lawsuit was Yellowcard’s, although he noted that it was dismissed without prejudice, which means “it can be refiled.” He continued: “My clients really were uncomfortable about pursuing this action against Juice WRLD’s grieving mother as the representative of his Estate.
“As they said previously, they also are incredibly sympathetic about his death and were torn initially about pursuing this in light of his death. As a result of all that has happened, they simply need additional time to decide what they want to do.”
Christine Lepera, a lawyer representing Juice WRLD’s estate, stated, “Defendants had been absolutely ready to defend against the allegations – viewed as without benefit – and stay so prepared ought to it grow to be necessary. There was no settlement or consideration in any way for the Plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal.”
Earlier this month, on July 10th, Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, was released. The record debuted at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart and moved 517,800 album-quevalent units to give it the biggest debut week of 2020.