Last October, the now-defunct pop punk band Yellowcard sued the rapper Juice WRLD for millions, alleging he’d plagiarised one of their songs for his hit “Lucid Dreams.” Now, a US district judge has ordered the case be put on hold.
Juice WRLD died from an accidental overdose last December at the age of 21. A representative for Yellowcard, who broke up in 2017, said the band were “shocked and saddened” by his death and “torn about proceeding” with the lawsuit, but would still continue to pursue the matter, as Rolling Stone reported.
But on Wednesday (February 13), Pitchfork reported that US district judge Consuelo B Marshall granted Juice WRLD’s legal team a stay on the case, so the rapper’s estate could appoint an administrator. Marshall also set a deadline of April 13 for a status update.
Last month, the Cook Country Medical Examiner’s office ruled that Juice WRLD died of an accidental overdose from oxycodone and codeine. Law enforcement were reportedly searching Juice WRLD’s plane for contraband shortly before he suffered a seizure. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In their October lawsuit, Yellowcard claimed the rapper born Jarad Anthony Higgins ripped off their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” for “Lucid Dreams.” The band are seeking damages totalling more than $15 million, including recording revenue as well as damages from Juice’s tours and public appearances.
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