Roc Nation’s head chief Jay Z may have his hands full with a few stacks of court papers as of late.
But now that a judge ruled in favor of the New York rap and business mogul in a case involving Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, he can lighten up the pile by a few sheaths.
According to All Hip Hop, Bryant’s former marketing company Official Brands accused Roc Nation of interfering with their business relationship with the Cowboys footballer, including important endorsement deals. The company also alleges that Roc Nation persuaded him to ditch the company so that they could line him up for their own roster. Monday (Jan. 23), however, a judge cleared Jay and his Roc Nation empire of the claims brought on by Official Brands, ruling that there was a lack of evidence on the plaintiff’s behalf.
“The Court concludes that there is, as Roc Nation notes, an utter dearth of evidence to support Plaintiff’s case,” Judge Jane Boyle, who oversaw the case, reportedly said. “Plaintiff itself concedes as much.”
There was also a misunderstanding of business entities in the lawsuit that may have influenced the decision, as Roc Nation Sports, the sports management arm of Roc Nation that is related to but separate from the entertainment company itself, was misnamed in the case.
“To accept Plaintiff’s argument to the contrary requires adopting the misguided belief that Roc Nation and RNS (Roc Nation Sports) are one in the same,” she reportedly decided. “The Court declines to do so and therefore concludes that Plaintiff’s failure to conduct discovery was the result of its own error.”
Congratulations, Mr. Carter! Looks like Dez is here to stay.
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