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Jay-Z Awarded $4.5M In Unpaid Royalties From Fragrance Company Parlux

Even when Jay-Z “loses,” he still wins! The news of his failed partnership “Gold Jay-Z” — launched in 2013 with Parlux, a fragrance company — was made publicly known three months ago when a Manhattan jury cleared him of $67 million in damages regarding the deal. Jay-Z’s name has now been cleared even more as the company recently had to cut the check. On Feb. 24, the Hip-Hop superstar won $4.5 million in unpaid royalties from Parlux, according to Billboard. Although the overall endorsement deal went downhill, a New York state appeals court brought truth to the light that sales were still made. “The record is clear: Parlux sold licensed products after July 31, 2015, but failed to pay royalties on those sales,” wrote Justice John Higgitt of the New York Appellate Division, according to Billboard. On top of the royalties, the court went on to rule that it would also include interest for the product sales. The outlet reports that Jay-Z’s win follows after over six years of litigation and...

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 25, 2022

Net Neutrality Proponents Challenge Court Appeal Rulings

Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Vimeo, advocacy groups, and others headed to court last Friday to protest a recent ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The companies are spearheading an appeal in the fight for net neutrality, or the right to maintain an open Internet, without broadband provider manipulation of content. Provider manipulation could include restricting Internet access to unpopular points of view, charging providers of specific sites more to show their content, or changing the connection speed when displaying certain material. Those against net neutrality believe that it negatively impacts competitive corporate investment in Internet services . The October ruling by the D.C. Circuit supported the 2017 decision of the Federal Communications Commission under Trump appointee Ajit Pai to do away with net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama administration. Pai’s repeal also prevented states from determining their own net...

Emily Adeyanju

Dec 16, 2019