According to Billboard, the lawsuit comes directly from rock band Yellowcard, William Ryan Key, Peter Michael Mosely, Longineu Warren Parsons and Sean Michael Wellman-Mackin. The now defunct group alleges that Juice WRLD and his collaborators copied “melodic elements” from their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” for the artist’s breakout single “without their permission.”
The Billboard report also notes:
“[Yellowcard is] asking for damages in excess of $15 million and a ‘running royalty and/or ownership share’ on all future exploitations related to the song or, alternatively, statutory damages ‘for each act of copyright infringement’ and for defendants to be ‘permanently enjoined’ from exploiting ‘Lucid Dreams’ in the future.”
The plaintiffs also claim that alongside “recording revenue,” they are owed damages from Juice WRLD’s concert tours and additional public appearances. The group believes the “overwhelming success” of “Lucid Dreams” jumpstarted his career.