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.
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.