Slip-N-Slide Records Awarded $9.1 Million in Pitbull Trial

Miami-based

Slip-N-Slide Records is $9.1 million richer, thanks to a federal court settlement

on Wednesday (March 14). The

Miami Herald reports that the label, which is home to Trick Daddy, Trina and

Rick Ross, will receive $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $6.8 million

in punitive damages from TVT Records, the nation’s largest independent record

label. The

jury decision marks the end of a two-year legal battle between Slip-N-Slide and

TVT over TVT’s blocking of Slip-N-Slide’s release of rapper Pitbull’s album Welcome

to the 305. The

dispute stemmed from claims that TVT acted inappropriately when they sent over

90 desist and cease letters addressed to Slip-N-Slide’s distributors and

wholesale buyers. In

those letters, the New York-based label, which claimed to own the rights to Pitbull’s

logo and trademark, expressed that the purchase of Welcome to the 305 would

break its contractual and trademark rights it owns relating to the popular Miami

rapper. Pitbull

was discovered by Jullian Andres Boothe, who recorded songs featured on Welcome

to the 305 in 2001 and 2002, pursuant to a contract with the rapper. Pitbull

later released two albums through TVT, M.I.A.M.I. Money

Is A Major Issue and El Mariel. Boothe

then brought Welcome to the 305 to Slip-N-Slide through his own company

Rude Bwoy Entertainment for distribution. Wednesday’s

decision in the 11-day trial was summed up in three words by Slip-N-Slide CEO

Ted Lucas as he told the Herald that “God is Good”.

“The jury

accepted that Slip-N-Slide did everything properly when we attempted to distribute

Welcome to the 305” through our distributor,” he said.

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