Los Angeles Judge Reinstates Biggie Smalls Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A Los Angeles judge reinstated a wrongful death suit filed by the family of The Notorious B.I.G. after an earlier decision claimed a prior lawsuit failed to meet a state-mandated deadline.
According to the Associated Press, an appeal made by the family was granted and the decision reversed.
Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court tossed out the lawsuit March 21 on grounds that the suit missed a state deadline on the case, which brought a claim against the city of Los Angeles and two former police officers. The suit was first brought up in superior court before it moved to the federal district.
Initially Judge Cooper gave the family 20 days to file a new lawsuit. But when the family failed to meet the deadline she threw out the lawsuit.
This lawsuit is the second filed by the family of The Notorious B.I.G. against the city of Los Angeles. In 2002 Voletta Wallace, Faith Evans and her two children filed a wrongful death suit and civil rights violation. The case ended in a mistrial. The judge in the case, however, has allowed the family to amend the suit because of more evidence that has been discovered.
The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 9 after leaving a party thrown by VIBE magazine. His life will soon hit the big screen in a movie adaption of the book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.” Fellow Brooklyn rapper Gravy has been cast to play the Bad Boy emcee. –Jayson Rodriguez