An appeals court shot down Lil Wayne’s claims in a multi-million dollar legal battle with his former manager and attorney.
Per Law.com, the Appeals Court denied several claims in his lawsuit. The claims include causes of action for fraudulent inducement, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment.
The news sets back Lil Wayne’s case significantly. The First Department said Wayne had no merit to his claims. The decision gave the rapper little ground to stand on in his 2019 lawsuit.
The four main claims in Wayne’s lawsuit were initially tossed by the Manhattan Supreme Court in 2021. They also dismissed an additional four causes of action, as well as aspects of Weezy’s suit.
Sweeney claims he served as Wayne’s manager and attorney since 2005. Following the “Lollipop” rapper’s settlement with Birdman and Cash Money, Sweeney demanded his cut from the deal. Now, Sweeney’s appeal lawyer, John Harris, says Lil Wayne must pay up.
Harris recently issued a statement following the appellate court’s decision. He said that he’s happy “that the appellate court rejected Lil Wayne’s cynical attempt to avoid paying Ronald Sweeney for the work that Mr. Sweeney did for him.”
“Mr. Sweeney will vigorously pursue his claims for payment and require Lil Wayne to appear in court to answer for his actions,” Harris added.
Sweeney’s $20M lawsuit against Weezy allegedly said that the rapper “failed and refused to pay plaintiffs his promised 10 percent of the recovery from lawsuits, 10 percent of the sale of master recordings owned by Lil Wayne’s record label, and then 17 percent in general commissions that he owes to Plaintiffs in connection with Plaintiff’s day to day management activities.”