Us Supreme Court Rejects Hip-Hop Appeal
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving a contract dispute between recording companies over a hip-hop album by Ja Rule and other rappers. Earlier today (26JUN06) lawyers for TVT Records and TVT Music Inc asked Supreme Court justices to overturn a decision by the New York-based 2nd US Circuit Court Of Appeals, which voided a $132 million (GBP73 million) jury verdict TVT was awarded in its dispute with another recording company, the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ). The jury found in TVT's favour in the company's fight against IDJ over their efforts to distribute an album by CASH MONEY CLICK, whose members included Ja Rule, real name JEFFREY ATKINS. The group joined TVT because of talent scout Irv Gotti. After Gotti left TVT for Island Def Jam, Ja Rule followed a few years later. Both men enjoyed far more success with IDJ under the Murder, Inc label. In court filings, IDJ lawyers said the dispute stemmed from a threat in 2001 by a TVT employee to release old Cash Money Click songs "that weren't particularly good" at the same time as Ja Rule's next Island Def Jam recording. A side deal was signed by some representative of the parties, but Island Def Jam ultimately refused to honour the agreement.