Jay-Z has scored a small victory in his lawsuit over the Roc Nation trademark after lawmakers granted his petition to halt the proceedings on racial discrimination grounds.
The 99 Points hitmaker was sued by executives at Iconix Mannequin Group last 12 months over his use of the logo of his Roc Nation leisure company on Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise.
Iconix bosses bought the rights Jay’s Rocawear mannequin in 2007 and declare the rapper has infringed on their trademark as they alone private the rights to utilize the Roc Nation brand on sports activities actions apparel. Their attorneys submitted the dispute to the American Arbitration Affiliation (AAA) last month, nonetheless the rapper filed a request for a brief lived restraining order and to stay the proceedings, because of he claims any AAA panel will lack vary.
Based mostly on The Wrap, his petition has been permitted and the arbitration has been stalled for 90 days to current AAA officers time to look out additional African-American arbitrators.
The rapper, precise determine Shawn Carter, initially agreed to refer the case to the AAA, nonetheless he modified his ideas after being confronted with the “stark actuality” that there have been no African-American arbitrators he and Iconix could choose to oversee the case.