Jay Z Can’t Avoid Depositions in Roc-A-Fella Logo Lawsuit
Jay Z may have been dodging this for almost two years now, but it looks like the rapper, along with Damon Dash and Universal Music Group, has been ordered to provide proper documentation and depositions for a lawsuit regarding the Roc-A-Fella logo.
In July 2012, Dwayne Walker, a New York City designer and creator of the Roc-A-Fella logo in 1995, filed a lawsuit against the hip-hop mogul that includes breach of contract and copyright infringement.
Walker claims that Jay, Dash and Kareem Burke promised the designer $3,500 and 2 percent of revenues for 10 years following the first year the logo would be used. While he received the fee, Walker never got the percentage of the revenues. According to reports, he’s owed $7 million in unpaid royalties.
“We are pleased with the court’s order,” Gregory Berry, Walker’s attorney, explained 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 Radar Online, Walker filed court papers claiming that he had not heard from Jay Z and handed the situation to the courts to handle accordingly.