A Federal Court judge says that before Lil Wayne can finish suing Universal Music Group for allegedly shorting him of millions of dollars, he has to resolve his current legal battle with Birdman.
According to theJasmineBRAND, a Federal Court judge decided that the lawsuit against Universal Music Group would be put on hold until the lawsuit with Birdman is resolved. The two cases are “substantially similar," according to the report, and the outcome of the lawsuit against Birdman will impact the lawsuit against Universal.
Lil Wayne filed lawsuits against Birdman and Universal Music Group, accusing the two parties of colluding to stiff him out of money to keep the profits for themselves and to pay off Cash Money Records’ debts. He is suing Birdman and Cash Money for a total of $51 million, and Universal Music Group for $20 million.
For anyone who needs a reminder: Wayne said he and Cash Money agreed to a 49 percent to 51 percent split on all Young Money profits, fees and copyrights. Wayne accused Birdman and Cash Money of not paying the agreed upon 49 percent, and then accused Universal of entering a side deal to apply that 49 percent to Cash Money’s debts.
The Birdman lawsuit could take more than a year to be resolved, according to the report, so don't expect this issue to go away anytime soon.
Wayne surely hates having to wait this out, but if he comes out on top it'll be worth his time - monetarily, and morally - with him making it a point to show his former label homes, and the public, he won't be played. Although in the mean time it certainly seems like he could use the extra money to resolve his own debts. We'll have to wait and see how this ends up, but we'll keep watching. It's not often a legal battle helps to determine the future of some of hip-hop's biggest names, and labels.
By William E. Ketchum III, on Twitter at @WEKetchum
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