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Kanye Rejects Old Contract
Highest Court N.D. Illinois
Year Ended 2007
Plaintiffs West, Kanye
Defendants E-Smoove
Record Label(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Kanye West filed this action for declaratory judgment that a contract he entered with Defendant E-Smoove (a Chicago-based producer/manager/label owner) in 1995 was not valid and that Defendant had no ownership rights to recordings made pursuant to that agreement. Defendant counterclaimed for declaratory judgment alleging opposite conculsions, also including claims for fraud, unfair competition, and other related causes of action. Defendant Smoove sought discovery of West's contract with Roc-A-Fella Records, which West denied. The District Court Magistrate Judge held the contract was not discoverable; not only was the contract with Roc unrelated to the issue of whether a contract ever existed with Defendant, it was irrelevant to the monetary worth of such a contract if it existed, at a time when West was unknown. Furthermore, Defendant's undue delay in requesting the document, waiting until 11 days before the end of discovery, was inexcusable and barred Defendant's requests. The Magistrate's denial was affirmed on objection. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Evidence Discovery
Contracts Breach Declaratory Judgment
Torts Privacy Torts Commercial Misappropriation of Name/Likeness
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Federal (Lanham Act) Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts
  State Statute/Common Law Right of Publicity
    Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices
    Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts


Opinions West v. Miller
2007 WL 541943
N.D. Illinois , February 13, 2007 ( No. 05 C 4977 )


West v. Miller
2006 WL 2349988
N.D. Illinois , August 11, 2006 ( No. 05 C 4977 )


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Related Searches Parties
E-Smoove ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
West, Kanye ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Discovery
Contracts / Breach / Declaratory Judgment
Torts / Privacy Torts / Commercial Misappropriation of Name/Likeness
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / Federal (Lanham Act) / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Right of Publicity
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts

Courts
N.D. Illinois (highest court)


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