News: Jay-Z Sues Alabama Tea House Over Unauthorized "Umbrella" Usage

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z has reportedly filed a lawsuit against an Alabama tea house called A Spot of Tea over unauthorized usage of his hit "Umbrella" collaboration with Rihanna.

According to reports, Jay is one of many artists to have their music played at the location without permission.

Just like Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and Gwen Stefani, Jay also signed on to a lawsuit against a small business that plays his music without paying for the rights. This time the sting operation went down at a place in Mobile, AL called A Spot of Tea -- which turns into a nightclub called Club Insanity. According to the lawsuit, agents working for ASCAP -- an enforcer of music royalties -- observed the bar rocking out all sorts of tunes they're not allowed to play, including: - Mary Jane by Rick James - Erotica by Madonna - Rock With You by Michael Jackson - Umbrella by Rihanna and Jay-Z. (TMZ)

Jay may also be facing legal action of his own after 40/40 Club workers were caught on camera assaulting customers.

Despite pleas to "cool out" and "don't hit him", approximately 12 employees of Jay-Z's 40/40 club in Atlantic City mercilessly beat two men in a parking lot scuffle. In the video, workers can be seen kicking one man repeatedly after he was beaten to the ground, persuaded to stop by a management level employee wearing a suit and tie. Most of the assailants were wearing military style black uniforms which were identified as "security" and "event staff". (NJ Jackson News)

Additional reports claim the 40/40 Club workers acted in self-defense.

The brawl began when the two Neptune, Monmouth County, men -- Tyrell Durant and Leonard Clark -- started causing trouble inside the nightclub co-owned by well-known rapper Jay-Z, according to complaints the club manager and a security guard signed against the two. Security guard David Gulley, of Brooklyn, N.Y., told police Durant, 26, struck him in the face. Manager Carlos Lopez, of Hoboken, Hudson County, also said Durant ripped his collar during the struggle. In a separate complaint, security guard Ivan Ramos, of Ocean City, charges Clark, 25, punched him. (Press Of Atlantic City)

Legal cases issues aside, Hov recently talked about his goals for Rocawear heading into 2010.

"Dame [Dash] did a great job when he was here," Hov said in an interview. "I just feel that I have a different way of running things, which I think is working out well. I let people make mistakes, and push them to be creative. I let a design team design. When they feel good about something they have created, it makes them want to do more. It makes them want to do their best. People are happy here. I'm not a controlling manager and I have a great team that makes me confident that things can run well when I'm on the road, and I'm proud of that...Our goal is to make Rocawear a $1 billion company," he said. "It may take us more time than we would like since the economy is in the shape that it's in, but I'm confident that we will get there." (Women's Wear Daily)

No further details on the lawsuit have been released as of now.

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