A jury has ruled against Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in a lawsuit. In 2016, Steven Lamar – a former business partner of Dre and Iovine – filed a $100 million USD lawsuit against the Beats co-founders. The suit claimed that he was screwed over in regards to royalties for the design of early Beats By Dre headphones; Lamar claimed that Dre and Iovine breached the terms of their original contract. Lamar claimed that he went to Dre “with the idea for celebrity-endorsed headphones” in 2006. Dre and Iovine argued that Lamar was only responsible for one of the models, which they believe he had already been fairly compensated for.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury disagreed with the defendants and now, Dre and Iovine have been ordered to pay $25 million USD. According to Billboard, the jury decided that Lamar had not only fulfilled his contract but was owed a total of $25,247,350 USD for his work on three of the Beats by Dre headphone models – the Studio 2 Remastered, the Studio 2 Wireless and the Studio 3. The case was orignally dismissed by the judge, but was revived by an appeals court in 2016. The trial only took place earlier this month.
Lamar’s attorney Brian Melton told Billboard: “For anybody who has a great idea and brings it to a company and then doesn’t get the recognition or credit that they’re due, what this jury verdict says is, if that happens to you and you’re a little person, you can go into court and have a jury of American citizens determine whether you’re right or wrong. And if you’re right, you get the credit that you’re owed. That’s what I felt when I heard the jury verdict. It indicated four years of hard work in this case of standing side-by-side with Mr. Lamar, through the ups and downs, and going against one of the biggest companies in the world with some of the best lawyers in the world.”