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Jermaine Dupri Hit With $1 Million Lawsuit


(AllHipHop News) So So Def Recordings founder Jermaine Dupri Mauldin is facing a $1 million lawsuit. Radar Online reports that Dupri is being sued by his former business partner Eddie Weathers for failing to turn over profits on a merger deal involving Dieniahmar Music LLC.

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Weathers claims that he and the Atlanta-based producer created the company together in 2005, and he owns 50% of the copyright interests in the Dieniahmar catalogue. Weathers also says when Dupri signed a co-publishing deal with EMI Music the following year he was not named as a co-owner.

According to court documents, this omission cost Weathers hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties. He was supposedly expected to get 50% of the profits but alleges all the money from EMI went to Dupri and his business manager.

After Dupri hired his new business manager, Willie Carter, in 2011, Weathers states he contacted Carter and EMI about his unpaid royalties. The docs state over the course of several years, Weathers attempted to get his cut of the money from Carter, but he had yet to get all his back royalties.

The suit also claims that he never received his portion of the sale of Dieniahmar to EMI in 2013. Weathers alleges he was owed $238,000 from the sale, but he was only given $10,000 from Dupri.

The civil case was filed in Fulton County, Georgia. Dupri, EMI/Sony/ATV, Dieniahmar, and Carter are all named as defendants.

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  • Montezuma1

    Eddie and Jermaine go way back. They were friends before anything else. I guess Jermaine feels Eddie rode his coattail long enough but business is business. Sad to see money break up friendships. Hope they can work it out.

  • Terrance

    Sh*t… Money took MOST of my “friends” away… #GOODRIDDANCE

  • Black Jay

    This sounds like some legitimate sh*t…… Can Jermaine afford it? That Janet Jackson break up is looking more and more costly by the minute.

    • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

      A FOOL AND HIS MONEY WILL SOON PART. WOULDN’T YOU TRY TO TAKE SOME FINANCE CLASSES TO LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO STUNT. AND IN THE END, GOT NOTHIN TO SHOW OR IT. SMH!

      • Black Jay

        True sh*t if I ever heard it.

      • Immortal

        You’re making sense, but honestly, how many wrappers, producers, or whatever these days actually do it? Get tattoo’s, jewelry, cars, clothes, and ridiculous sized houses for yourself and buy all your friends a Bentley GT…..then wonder why you are broke. The lessons of Hammer, Dash, and countless other artists are never remembered until they try to rebuild themselves. Also the labels aren’t going to promote it because it keeps the artist in debt to them, and that wrapper is too ignorant of the situation to know he’s being chewed up, just to be spat out when his 15min of fame is up.

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        Word up man, an the joe struggling trying to make it. Sad ain’t it. The Temptation, and the 5 heartbeat showed how record companies are. NWA and the Geto Boys went Platium without the machine, it can be done if your product is good enough.

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  • MrNoName2K

    And the lawsuits keep coming..

  • johnblacksad

    Money is a thang after all…

    Talkin bout “I’m the truth like A.I.”… now you “broke” like him too… smh

  • baller187

    dupri got to be broke after all these years, plus the goverment hitem with all those tax charges

  • Jayson C Williams

    Rich nigga problems.. But i guess those broke rumors weren’t false. He was trying to get back on lol with skimming from his business’s partner?? Smh no honor amongst thieves

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