Judge Doesn’t Recognize Snoop Dogg, Advises Case Evaluation in Priority Records Suit
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Helen I. Bendix, who is presiding over a lawsuit brought by Snoop Dogg against Priority Records, did not immediately realize that she was hearing a case brought by a superstar rapper. According to the Associated Press, the judge said she didn’t realize that the plaintiff in the case, Calvin Broadus, was actually Snoop Dogg. “Now I realize who we’re talking about here,” Judge Bendix said. “I didn’t recognize the non-professional name, so to speak.” The suit, filed by Snoop against the label in November of last year, claims that he is owed $2 million under a contract he signed with them in 1998. He also says that Priority did not consult with him before releasing his greatest hits CD, and that he never received a promised $950,000 advance for the album The Last Meal. Priority has countered that the lawsuit is invalid because Snoop waited to long before he filed it. Judge Bendix has recommended that the two parties take the dispute before the court’s case evaluation service, which will inform both sides of the respective strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Previous attempts to settle the case through mediation have been unsuccessful. Another hearing has been set for October 23.