New York, NY – JAY-Z has been on the forefront when it comes to African American ownership and representation in the music business. Now, he is tackling this regarding the legal representation over the battle for his Roc Nation logo, as he now wants the case to be iced until he sees some black faces.
TMZ, who broke the initial story, reports that Hov’s lawyers are seeking a restraining order that would immediately stop the lawsuit Iconix Brand has filed against them. Court documents revealed that his lawyer, Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been given a deadline of November 30 to find an arbitrator, however, they have not been satisfied as all 200 of their selections are entirely white.
Iconix Brand claims that they have paid $204 Million for the Roc Nation logo’s merchandising rights and sued JAY-Z after the logo appeared on Major League Baseball gear without permission.
While both sides have agreed to settle the case in arbitration, rather than in an open court, JAY-Z and his legal team argue that the lack of diversity could seriously harm their odds of getting a fair shot in the case. And while they have received new list of 6 arbitrators of color, according to the documents, one appeared to be a conflict as interested as the individual is a partner at the firm that represents the plaintiff, Iconix.
Hov and his legal team want the restraining order to scan the remaining selection of arbitrators and to solicit new ones as well.