Jenner & Block

Firm Secures Dismissal of Fraud Lawsuit over Rapper 50 Cent’s Track “P.I.M.P.”

Jenner & Block won a victory for firm client UMG Recordings, Inc. when a judge dismissed a  lawsuit that focused on one  track on rapper 50 Cent’s debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’.  At issue was a sample called “BAMBA” that was used in the track “P.I.M.P.”   Producer Brandon Parrot sued 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) and several other defendants, claiming, among other things, that he entered into an agreement to permit the use of “BAMBA” in “P.I.M.P.” as a result of fraud.  On November 16, US District Judge S. James Otero dismissed the complaint without leave to amend.  The judge found that Mr. Parrot’s fraud claim was not only time-barred but also legally insufficient.  UMG was represented by Partners Andrew H. Bart and Daniel A. Rozansky.  News of the judge’s dismissal was reported in The Hollywood Reporter.