A lawsuit filed by Yellowcard against the late Juice WRLD has again been placed on hold, with issues reportedly pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic halting the progress of the legal case.
Legal action against the SoundCloud rapper has reportedly been further postponed because his mother Carmella Wallace hasn’t been able to get a judge to sign off to make her the head of her son’s estate.
Court closures have prevented Wallace from moving forward with the case, according to documents obtained by The Blast. As a result, the entire case has been halted until the issues around the rapper’s estate, estimated to be worth US$3.2 million, have been sorted out.
Juice WRLD was first hit with legal action in October of 2019, when pop-punkers Yellowcard alleged he rapper copied elements of their track ‘Holly Wood Died’ in his song ‘Lucid Dreams’, without permission.
Yellowcard, who broke up in 2017, was initially seeking $15 million, and “running royalty and/or ownership share”. They’ve also named ‘Lucid Dreams’ co-writer Taz Taylor, producer Nicholas Mira, publisher BMG Rights Management, and record label Grade A Productions of Interscope Records.
Check out ‘Holly Wood Died’ by Yellowcard:
There is no indication of when the case may be able to resume, due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of social distancing restrictions as part of America’s response to the coronavirus.
“Consequently, the Estate remains unable to participate in the case until a personal representative is appointed, thereby leaving Defendants unable to conduct a proper fact investigation or take any action on behalf of the Estate, whose participation is crucial to Defendants’ defenses,” note the court documents.
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Check out ‘Lucid Dreams’ by Juice WRLD:
The latest development is yet another speedbump in the case, which was first paused when Juice WRLD died suddenly in December of 2019 at the age of 21.
In February of 2020 the case proceedings were halted a second time due to the fact that Juice WRLD’s estate has not yet appointed an administrator.