Jay Z Unable To Avoid Depositions In Roc-A-Fella Logo Lawsuit

Jay Z, Damon Dash and Universal Music Group ordered to offer document production and depositions in Roc-A-Fella logo lawsuit.

Following attempts to avoid involvement in a lawsuit filed by Dwayne Walker, fashion designer and creator of the Roc-A-Fella logo, Brooklyn rapper Jay Z will now have to “cooperate with discovery” in Walker’s lawsuit via document production and depositions, according to a press release dated March 20, 2014.

In addition to Jay Z, Damon Dash and Universal Music Group are also named in the lawsuit, which cites breach of contract and copyright infringement.

“We are pleased with the court’s order,” Gregory Berry, Walker’s attorney, said in a 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.”

According to Walker, who created the Roc-A-Fella logo in 1995 and still owns the copyright, Jay Z, Dash and Kareem Burke promised to give him $3500 and 2% of revenues for ten years after the first year of the logo’s use. He says he did receive the $3500, but was never given 2% of revenues. It’s reported that Walker is owed $7 million in unpaid royalties.

The lawsuit against Jay Z, Dash, and Universal Music Group was filed by Walker’s attorney in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan in July 2012 and does not serve as the first time Jay Z has been sued over a matter concerning copyright infringement or other issues pertaining to ownership.

At the top of this year, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur was named in a $600 million lawsuit filed by a man who claims he trademarked the “Brooklyn Nets” name over 10 years ago.

Earlier this month, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Dr. Francois de Cassagnol, filed court documents stating that he had yet to receive a response from Jay Z and advised the court "to act accordingly,” according to Radar.com.

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  • Bonkers

    In Ether Nas writes, "You 36 in a karate class?". And this was written in 2001, so how old is Jay Z really? Why do him and Beyonce lie about their age? This would make Jay 50..

    • Come On

      Since your out here doing math you can figure this out. First of all Nas was exaggerating his age.That's what people usually do when they are beefing with someone exaggerate. If Jay-z was 26 when he release his debut album in '96(which has been well documented through his debut his age),So that mean 5 years later when Nas dissed he'd be 31. Which fast forward 13 years till now makes him 44. It's actually not to difficult to figure out if you put your haterade aside and used you head instead of using your mouth first.

  • Anonymous

    did this nigga have a contract? I mean $3500 for a drawing is good money.This dude needs to stop bitch. I can't see J's lawyer's falling for this.

    • Anonymous

      ^^educating people on this site. Thank you its appreciated

    • Anonymous

      In the market of logo branding... its not out of the ordinary for a logo to cost 10 percent of a company's total worth so for a company of that stature... $3500 is chump change compared to what that logo is worth... So that 7 millions bucks sounds pretty accurate to invoice to company thats worth way more... for instance.. the BP gas station logo cost over 200 million to design.. So its not just a "drawing"

  • Anonymous

    i heard jay doing a grease remake with beyonce - how many of you punks gona watch that shit - gay ass rappers NY fell off the map - jay young kid shit -

  • Anonymous

    never bought a jay album in my life i only buy real shit - jayz for kids -

  • jay z a punk

    jigger a punk

  • Anonymous

    damn this guy is probably depressed as hell everyday cause I know I would be. he's been asking for years to get his cut probably struggling just waiting to be a millionaire. He's like Morrie from Goodfellas when he kept asking Jimmy for his cut lol.. He's not about to get whacked this time though $$$$

  • old head

    jayz the reason ny fell off - the nig 48 years old and none of these young punks want to test him - old head aint untouchable - jigger a punk

  • Jay4LifeNig

    He wipes his ass with 7 million. Just pay up. No Biggie.


    JAYZ a PUNK _ hes not in my top 50 mcs of all time - no one stole more rhymes than JIGGA - and to them JAYZ stans eat my johnson u bitch ass N***** -


    Take that money off GAYZ - he weak - ugly ass camal ass punk - get that money - take money - he should pay BIG mom for all them rhymes he stole - SWAGGER JACKER

  • Me

    As a graphic designer/screenprinter I love the simple fact that the guy who created the logo is going after these non-creative suckas.. Get that money my dude and to all of you up and coming designers stay on your shit because ain't no love in this game..

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