Lizzo scored a major legal victory amid a legal battle over the songwriting credits for her breakout hit, “Truth Hurts.”
On August 14, a California federal judge dismissed much of the suit, which was about songwriting credits for the track. The case began last October after two songwriting brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, sued Lizzo over the song’s credits, according to Variety.
The Raisen brothers, along with a third songwriter named Justin “Yves” Rotham, accused her of stealing lyrics from another song called “Healthy” that she allegedly wrote with them during a writing session in 2017.
Lizzo countersued and denied that the Raisen brothers nor Rothman were involved with the song’s creation. However, British singer-songwriter Mina Lioness, the woman who originally tweeted the sentence, “I did a DNA test, turns out I’m a hundred percent that b***h” that inspired part of “Truth Hurts,” received a songwriting credit after she came forward last year.
According to court documents obtained by Variety, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in favor of the Cuz I Love You artist on the grounds that a “joint author of one copyrightable work does not automatically gain ownership of a derivative work.”
The song was two years old when the lawsuit was filed in 2019. “Truth Hurts” became a massive hit after appearing in Netflix’s 2019 romcom, Someone Great, which starred Gina Rodriguez and LaKeith Stanfield. It surged up the charts and eventually hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart later that year in September 2019. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2020 ceremony.
The legal battle is not over just yet. The Raisen brothers are allowed to amend the lawsuit to pursue a new claim that “Truth Hurts” was the final product of a creative process that began with “Healthy.”
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