Kanye West – Lawsuit Thrown Out
Here’s the latest: On November 9th, the federal court judge came back with his decision – despite Kanye never responding to the allegations or showing up to court – and threw out the entire case.
The order explains that Robert Pointexter had once again failed to serve the rapper with the legal docs by the deadline imposed by the court. Therefore, the judge closed the case and dismissed all claims against Kanye West.
Here’s the backstory: Robert Poindexter – a member of the 70’s band The Persuaders – filed suit against Kanye in NY Federal Court.
Poindexter claimed that Kanye used the sample of his song “Trying Girls Out” in the 2006 remix of Jay-Z’s song “Girls, Girls, Girls”. The remix was featured on Kanye’s 2006 mixtape released by his record label.
Poindexter said that Kanye never received authorization from him to sample his music. He accused the rapper of willfully using the sample illegally. He pointed out that the rapper made a ton of money from illegally ripping off his work. He said Kanye made the mixtape available for purchase or download on various online outlets.
He claimed that he tried to settle the issue out of court by reaching out to the record label BMI, but Kanye refused to respond to him through them. Pointexter explained he had previously tried to serve Kanye with legal papers, but even the United State Marshalls attempts were unsuccessful. He filed suit demanding $800k in damages.