The band quietly dropped the lawsuit filed against the late rapper who died of an accidental overdose last December.
Back in October, the lawsuit was filed against the Chicago artist for allegedly copying “melodic elements” from Yellowcard’s 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” for his breakout hit “Lucid Dreams.” The suit came before Juice WRLD’s shocking death in December which was ruled an accidental overdose.
Even after his death the group still was slated to move forward with the lawsuit despite the band’s attorney Richard Busch sharing the “optics” were off. A day after his death, a legal notice was filed by Yellowcard through their attorney. It reportedly “extended the deadline for a response to their lawsuit,” per Complex. Busch is a well-known copyright lawyer, he previously represented Marvin Gaye’s Estate in the “Blurred Lines” case.
The original filing stated that Yellowcard was asking for damages in excess of $15 million in addition to a “running royalty and/or ownership share on all future exploitations related to the song.” That wasn’t it, they’d also noted alongside “recording revenue” they were entitled to damages from the rapper’s tours and appearances.
The band previously shared the following statement with Rolling Stone on moving forward with the suit:
“My clients are certainly torn about proceeding, and understand the optics involved. But it is important to remember that this lawsuit was filed before this tragic event, and was filed because all of the defendants (and there are two other writers and several music publishers and record labels), profited off of what we believe was clear copying and infringement of Yellowcard’s work.”
Eventually, the suit was put on hold two months later until Juice WRLD’s estate selected an executor. Carmela Wallace, his mother was later announced as the designated personal representative.
“My clients really were uncomfortable about pursuing this action against Juice WRLD’s grieving mother as the representative of his Estate,” Busch told Rolling Stone. He added: “As they said previously, they also are incredibly sympathetic about his death, and were torn initially about pursuing this in light of his death. As a result of all that has happened, they simply need additional time to decide what they want to do.”
According to court papers, the suit was quietly dropped on Monday. A one-page form signed by Busch noted the band was voluntarily withdrawing their lawsuit.
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