The legal team that works for Lil Wayne is likely making a mint in 2015 since he has dealt with at least four lawsuits this year — excluding the legal battle involving Birdman and Cash Money.
Sadly, Lil Wayne has a history of lawsuits. For instance, in 2012 Lil Wayne was sued in relationship to a documentary called The Carter 3. Pitchfork reported on November 25, 2013 that The Carter 3 lawsuit ordered Lil Wayne to pay $2.2 million. Lil Wayne also lost the counter-suit against Quincy Jones III.
On July 7, 2014, it was reported by Hot New Hip Hop that Lil Wayne almost lost his domain name for Young Money Entertainment. According to the lawsuit, Lil Wayne bought YoungMoney.com for $600,000 — but the original owners of the website say Lil Wayne did not pay the remaining $250,000. Obviously, the Young Money website is still up and running — but there is no evidence in news headlines that this lawsuit was settled.
In the world of Birdman and Lil Wayne, lawsuits are a two-way street. On July 16, Entertainment Weekly reports that Birdman and Cash Money were filing a $50 million lawsuit against Jay Z and Tidal for the #FWA Lil Wayne mixtape.
Of course, Young Money/Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money is $51 million — and this lawsuit alone has had peaks and valleys in the headlines over 2015.
On January 29, Billboard detailed the initial lawsuit Lil Wayne filed against Cash Money and Birdman and paraphrased Lil Wayne’s complaints with the following.
“Cash Money has failed to properly account and pay royalties and profits to Young Money LLC. While Cash Money needed Weezy and Young Money’s approval for marketing expenses greater than $300,000.00, they did not do so, and Cash Money ‘claims millions of dollars in marketing expenses for the Young Money Label.'”
However, at the end of September, Lil Wayne said that Nicki Minaj and Drake were also victims of Birdman and Cash Money. TMZ states on October 5 that Lil Wayne added to his lawsuit from January stating, “Young Money claims it was supposed to get a big chunk of a $100 million advance from Universal — an advance that went directly to Cash Money — and they’re still waiting.”
TMZ also stated that Cash Money claims they paid Lil Wayne/Young Money in 2012 with a $20 million advance plus $82 million for other Young Money products.
In the recent past, Birdman has been involved with lawsuits outside of Lil Wayne — but those lawsuits are still related to Lil Wayne. For instance, Vibe reports on August 17 that DVLP is suing Birdman and Baby for $200,000 for working with Cash Money on Tha Carter series of albums.
Adding to this, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, Lil Wayne was in the Hot Boys with Turk — and Turk had his own lawsuits against Birdman and Cash Money. About a month before Turk played with Lil Wayne in New Orleans on August 28, Turk and Birdman settled their lawsuit.
As if Lil Wayne did not have enough trouble from his Cash Money and Birdman days, a rapper named David Banner is suing Lil Wayne for work on Tha Carter 3. According to a Business Insider report from July 28, “Banner claims he signed a contract and was told by the label in 2012 he was owed $138,787.19 in royalties, but has received none.”
Unfortunately, Lil Wayne still has four other lawsuits going on in 2015 that have nothing to do with his $51 million Birdman and Cash Money legal war.
On April 15, TMZ reported that a tour bus driver for Lil Wayne was suing for emotional damages related to the summer of 2014. Mark “Lollipop” Jones said that Lil Wayne waved a gun at him while he was driving and threatened to kill him. So far, there is no evidence that this case has been settled.
In 2013, Lil Wayne’s tour included fireworks — but it appears he never paid for them. Gossip Extra reports on June 26 that Pyrotek Special Effects claim they are owed $85,964 by Lil Wayne.
On August 14, NY Daily News reported that Lil Wayne is being sued for $119,400 for unpaid event tickets and states the following.
“Young Money and Cortez Bryant are accused of scoring seats to a list of high-profile events between 2013 and 2015 but without paying a cent, according to a lawsuit filed by Tickets of America and White Glove International. The events include the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, which allegedly cost $67,500.”
Hot New Hip Hop reported on September 15 that Lil Wayne did lose one of his legal battles to the tune of $2 million. In August 2014, the private jet company called Signature Group said Lil Wayne owed them for unpaid bills over a three-year span.
One other reason Lil Wayne might be in court in 2015 is not to settle a lawsuit — but to testify as a victim. In April, Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot at as he left a club near Atlanta. According to an August 16 report from Design and Trend, the alleged perpetrator, Jimmy “PeeWee Roscoe” Winfrey, was apprehended, but the trial date has not yet been set.
Even with all these lawsuits going on during 2015, it appears that Lil Wayne is never afraid to sue anyone. On August 21, UpRoxx reported that a video surfaced that supposedly shows Lil Wayne enjoying consensual sex with two female partners. Nevertheless, Lil Wayne has let it be known that if anyone tries to release the tape to the public — Lil Wayne’s lawyers will be happy to take the matter to court.
Despite all of the legal battles Lil Wayne seems to get slammed with, he may have a courthouse guardian angel after all. One Lil Wayne incident that could have become a legal battle began in Fort Lauderdale at Club Revolution.
On April 3, HNGN reported that after a member of the audience threw a beer bottle on stage, the guilty audience member was allegedly assaulted by one of Lil Wayne’s bodyguards.
The audience member filed a police report and called 911 — but only in case he incurred serious injuries that did not manifest until after the incident (such as a concussion). Regardless, it appears that this audience member clearly has no intention of trying to sue Lil Wayne for the incident.
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