Jay Z and Dame Dash may have separated as business partners many years ago, but they can celebrate together as a federal judge has dismissed a $7 million lawsuit against the two accusing them of copyright infringement over the famed Roc-A-Fella logo, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter said in a decision Monday (Sept. 26) that Bronx clothing designer Dwayne Walker was not entitled to royalties under a contract allegedly signed 20 years ago.
The lawsuit, which was filed in July of 2012, claimed that Walker created the Roc-A-Fella logo in 1995, while Jay and Dame maintained a Roc art director drew it up. Carter cited a lack of evidence that a contract existed in his decision, saying of the people who claimed to have seen it that their testimony was not strong enough.
“This leaves only plaintiff’s own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it, and that he lost track of it in 1998,” the judge wrote. “This testimony alone is not enough.” Walker plans to appeal, his lawyer Gregory Berry said.
In addition, Carter said that Walker waited too long to evoke his copyright claim. “The decision is quite startling,” Berry said in an email.
“Walker made the logo in 1995,” he continued. “Then in 2013, in response to this suit – never before – the defendants find a guy who is willing to claim now that HE made the logo…. Sound like a factual question for trial? We agree.” [Ted Simmons]