Slip-N-Slide Wins $9.1 Million In Pitbull Lawsuit
March 19, 2007 at 11:37 AM (PT)
A federal jury ruled last week that TVT RECORDS must pay $9.1 million to SLIP-N-SLIDE RECORDS for damages related to blocking the release of recordings by rapper PITBULL, the MIAMI HERALD reports. The judgement includes $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $6.8 million in punitive damages.
The suit was filed in 2005, when SLIP-N-SLIDE was preparing to release "Welcome To The 305," which contained PITBULL tracks recorded in 2001. Two years later, the rapper signed with TVT. When "Welcome To The 305" was to be released, TVT sent letters to distributors stating the album was recorded illegally; TVT also argued that SLIP-N-SLIDE was trying to cash in on the success PITBULL achieved via TVT backing.
"The jury rejected all those claims," said SLIP-N-SLIDE lawyer RICHARD C. WOLFE. "We own the album. We're going to tack $1 million to $2 million in legal fees onto this, too."
TVT intends to appeal. It said in a statement, "The jury was entirely dismissive of the facts we presented in this case. The verdict is contrary to and unsupported by the evidence in the case, as well as being excessive."