Jay Z scored a legal victory in his $600 million trademark lawsuit after a judge ruled he’s not responsible for ignoring legal papers served by Dr. Francois De Cassagnol, who claims the rapper and his business associates ripped off the name “Brooklyn Nets,” which he claims to have trademarked.
De Cassagnol asked the court to find Jay Z in default last month after he served the rap mogul with legal papers at his 40/40 Club in New York City and received no response. Now, according to court documents obtained by Radar Online, a judge ruled that “the Clerk of Court shall not note [Jay Z’s default]” because De Cassagnol “provides no support for his claim that [the employee] is authorized to accept service on [Jay Z’s] behalf” and the defendants “maintain that Carter was improperly served.”
In addition, the documents state, Jay Z’s co-defendants — including businessman Bruce Ratner and the NBA — have requested a pre-trial conference moving to dismiss De Cassagnol’s complaint.
The judge noted that “no notice of appearance [at that conference] has been filed on behalf of” Jay Z, and noted the rapper was “encouraged to consider joining defendants’ request to move to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint.”
What do you think? Did the judge side with Jay-Z because of his popularity?
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