50 Cent sues Garvey Schubert Barer
Rapper 50 Cent is suing the Wall Street law firm that represented him during his legal battle with Sleek Audio.
50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is suing Garvey Schubert Barer, and is seeking $75 million in damages.
50 had tried to start up a headphone line following the success of Dr. Dre’s Beats By Dre, and had teamed up with Sleek Audio.
Sleek never marketed the headphones, and 50 started his own company, SMS Audio, to launch the headphones.
50 claims that his lawyers at Garvey Schubert Barer told him he wouldn’t be infringing on any intellectual property rights belonging to Sleek Audio if he went ahead with his own company.
Sleek however took the G-Unit honcho to court for misappropriating trade secrets while marketing his own headphones, and got awarded more than $11 million plus almost $5 million in attorney fees.
In his suit, 50 cent accused Garvey Schubert Barer of failing to “employ the requisite knowledge and skill necessary to confront the circumstances of the case.”
“Among GSB’s numerous failures was its inexplicable decision not to call technical and damages experts to rebut expert testimony offered by Sleek—failures relied upon by the arbitrator in crediting Sleek’s experts and entering an eight-figure award in Sleek’s favor,” his suit added.