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Jay-Z Dodges $67 Million Hit as Jury Finds Him Not Liable In Lawsuit Brought By Fragrance Company

Jay-Z has 99 problems, but the legal claim brought against him by Parlux Fragrances, the company that partnered with him in 2013 to launch its “Gold Jay-Z” cologne, reportedly is no longer one of them. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, a Manhattan jury cleared the hip-hop mogul of any wrongdoing in a $67.6 million lawsuit that claimed the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer breached an endorsement deal with the company by failing to promote the cologne, Billboard reported. 

Jay Z watches performers onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Oct. 30, in Cleveland. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame )

In addition, jury members not only decided that the “4:44” emcee was not liable for the massive suit, but they also rejected Jay’s reported $6 million countersuit for alleged unpaid royalties as well. 

In a statement to the outlet, the Brooklyn native expressed his “gratitude to the jury, especially during these difficult times.” In a clip circling the internet which captured the star leaving the courtroom, a reporter asked if he has 98 problems now, to which he replied, “Yeah, I like that.”

“You failed to prove your case, they failed to prove their case,” New York State Supreme Court Justice Andrew Borrok said before excusing the jury. 

Jay’s legal troubles with the company have been going on for nearly six years after they sued the rapper in 2016 claiming he and his S. Carter Enterprises cost the company millions by refusing to keep up his end of their deal. 

Allegations included claims that the “So Ghetto” rapper declined to appear on “Good Morning America”  and an in-store appearance at Macy’s, to promote the product as well as other interviews. Legal documentation claimed Jay “never once personally appeared.” Also, the Roc Nation boss allegedly failed to work with the brand to create updated versions of the fragrance. 

However, during the three-week trial, Jay’s legal team argued that the entire case was a “misunderstanding.” They accused Parlux Fragrances of trying to tarnish Jay’s brand and that the troubles ultimately boiled down to the company failing to adequately promote their own product. “I did a lot for the Gold Jay-Z launch,” Jay-Z testified last month, the outlet reported. “You have me on trial from something I didn’t do.”

Parlux, had previously launched fragrances with other major artists, including Rihanna, Sofia Vergara, Paris Hilton, and more.


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