News: Dr. Dre's $1.2 Mil Studio Dispute Goes Up In Smoke

Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 11:31AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Renowned producer Dr. Dre has reportedly settled a $1.2 million lawsuit filed against him last July over unpaid studio sessions.

According to reports, Dre has addressed all unpaid balances to Paramount Recording Studios.

Dr. Dre has settled a bill for unpaid studio time, meaning the producer won't have to go to court. Paramount Recording Studios in California sued the beat-maker in July, alleging that Dre had failed to pay them for studio time between April 2009 and June 2010. It was claimed he owed $1.2 million to the company. But according to TMZ, Dre has now settled the bill. "The costs have been paid in full... the recording studio is happy with the amicable outcome," says a lawyer for the studio. (OMG Music)

Details on the lawsuit began to circulate online around mid-summer.

Controversial rapper Dr. Dre is being sued by Paramount Recording Studios for $1,220, 500 for breach of contract, learned on Friday. The lawsuit claims that the musician, also known as Andre Young, and his record label Aftermath Entertainment rented "recording studios and services" but failed to pay the agreed amount despite multiple invoices. According to court documents, Dr. Dre promised to pay the money owed by July 13. When the date passed, music powerhouse Paramount Recording Studios took legal action in an attempt to get their huge bill paid. (Radar Online)

Earlier this year, Dre filed a lawsuit over unpaid Chronic royalties.

Dr. Dre claims it's been 14 years since he's seen a penny from hisgame changing record, "The Chronic" -- and he's belatedly waging a war against the new Death Row Records. Why you ask would the good Dr. wait so long? We're guessing there's a fear factor that has evaporated since Suge Knight is out of the picture. Dre filed the federal lawsuit against WIDEawake Death Row -- which was created after Death Row filed for bankruptcy last year. In the lawsuit, Dre claims he stopped getting checks from the label after he cut and ran in '96. Dre says the new Death Row has been making lots of money by selling digital copies of "Chronic," "Chronic Re-Lit" and his greatest hits album without permission. Dre is suing for $75,000 minimum. (TMZ)

However, he later lost the court battle in California.

On Monday, a California district court tossed his claims that Death Row's release of "The Chronic Re-Lit" violated his rights of trademark and publicity. However, the judge allowed another claim -- that he hasn't been paid royalties since splitting from Death Row in 1996 -- to be heard. In analyzing the case, California District Court Judge Christina Snyder applied the so-called "Monty Python" rule, after a 1976 case where a defendant extensively edited the TV comedy series in order to broadcast it on television. The question was whether the changes to Dr. Dre's album were more than "cosmetic." Snyder ruled the alterations were "minor and inconsequential." She also pointed out that the image used on the cover jacket is the same photograph from the original album, instead of a more current photo, which may have gone further to imply some new endorsement. (ABC News)

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