Exclusive Legal Documents Show Curren$y Still Embroiled In Lawsuit Against Dame Dash & DD172
Exclusive: HipHopDX details legal documents stemming from Curren$y's lawsuit against Dame Dash and DD172.
Recent documents in the lawsuit between Curren$y and Dame Dash have surfaced, providing previously unknown details regarding the nature of the suit. In July, Curren$y stated that he backed away from the suit entirely, explaining that he was “way too cool for a lot of that stuff.”
Attorney For Dame Dash Releases Statement Regarding Lawsuit
Dash’s attorney released the following statement exclusively to HipHopDX regarding the lawsuit:
Mr. Dash did not initiate this legal dispute and he is extremely disappointed that the matter became public. However, after being dragged into court my client was left with no other choice but to vigorously defend his rights and reputation.
The case is still very much ongoing but the focus has shifted. On March 16, 2012, Curren$y's application for a preliminary injunction to enjoin my client from further distribution of the albums entitled Pilot Talk I and II and the Muscle Car Chronicles albums was denied by U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter. Thereafter, my client filed a third-party complaint suing Curren$y’s representatives Nova Perry and Moussa Hamdan and Warner Brothers Records for tortuous interference. My client is also pursuing several counter-claims against Curren$y, whom we allege breached his partnership with DD172 by signing an exclusive '360' deal with Warner Brothers.
It is our position that Warner Brothers and Curren$y's representatives were aware of the fact that Curren$y had a business relationship with DD172 when they caused him to sign to an exclusive '360' record deal with Warner Brothers, and thus they were further aware that any purported exclusive deal with Curren$y would interfere with DD172's rights. We are further claiming that Curren$y's defection from DD172 caused my client to suffer damages in excess of $5,000,000 to his business and reputation.
The documents explain the nature of the suit: Curren$y and Dame Dash entered into a partnership shortly after meeting in September 2009. The documents state that Dash provided a producer and music studio for Curren$y, which he used to complete the Muscle Car Chronicles album, and that during that same time, Curren$y and Dash produced a film bearing the same name.
After the recording of the album, Curren$y allegedly informed Dash that a discussion had taken place between Curren$y and Warner Brother Records, Inc. president Todd Moscowitz, during which Curren$y received and declined an offer because he was doing a deal with Dash. The documents go on to explain that Dash accommodated Curren$y’s request to work with Ski Beatz, which later let to the Pilot Talk projects.
Legal Document Claims Curren$y Met With Other Record Labels Behind Dame Dash’s Back
The documents indicated that “unbeknownst to DASH or any other representatives of DD172/BLUROC, ‘CURREN$Y and MOUSA were consistently taking meetings with record labels and various entertainment companies,’ in an effort to secure CURREN$Y a recording contract with a major record label.
The documents go on to say that this amounts to a breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties (a fiduciary is one who owes to another duties of good faith, trust, confidence, and candor, and has a duty to act primarily for another’s benefit).
Curren$y Filed Trademark Infringement & Other Claims Against Dame Dash
The documents indicate that Curren$y and Jet Life has made trademark infringement and tortuous interference with a contract claims against DD172 and Dash (in addition to other claims).
In response to the trademark infringement claim, Dash and DD172 responded, that Curren$y and Jet Life can’t prove that they own the trademark in MCC, and that any copying of the project done by Dash and co. was done “pursuant to a valid express or implied license, and with the express permission and acquiescence of” Curren$y and co.
Dash and co. further state that they acquired the rights to “sell, distribute, promote and market [MCC]” and that Curren$y agreed to allow Dash and co. to use his name on the products. The documents provide that Curren$y and co. “both explicitly and implicitly granted a license to and authorized Defendant to undertake such actions, and even made statements to the media on various dates after the deal with WARNER was entered into that “Muscle Car Chronicles” would be released by Defendants through Def Jam.”