Dr. Dre Sued; Ordered To Cough Up $25 Million

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

After beating Monster’s lawsuit in 2016, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Lovine, and Beats Electronics are being sued again by former partner, Steven Lamar today in Los Angeles.

Lamar claims he was left out of dealmaking which resulted in more than $100 million in royalties. He alleges being the one back in 2006 to propose to Dre and Iovine a line of celebrity-endorsed headphones based on a design by Robert Brunner, a renowned industrial designer.

The parties didn’t work together long, though, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dre sued Lamar for breaching contract which led to a settlement where Lamar relinquished rights in exchange for a four percent royalty on every headphone sold by Monster and its affiliates. Beats proceeded to make new models of the headphones and paid Brunner a two percent royalty until they bought out Brunner’s interest in the company in 2014.

Dre and Lovine later sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion.

The case, which one trial judge initially rejected, was revived in September 2016 under reports that the claim was ambiguous enough that a jury “must consider the factual conflict about the interpretation of the contract.”


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