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Jay-Z avoids $67 million in requested damages as perfume company fails to win lawsuit



Following a three-week trial, a jury in New York City ruled Wednesday that Jay-Z did not breach his endorsement contract in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against him by the Parlux perfume company.

“You failed to prove your case, they failed to prove their case,” Justice Andrew Borrok said to an attorney for Parlux after the verdict was read aloud in court, according to Billboard. The Roc Nation founder was accused of failing to properly promote the “Gold Jay-Z” cologne. Parlux had requested $67 million in damages. Jay-Z, born Sean Carter, countersued, seeking $6 million in royalties that he said he was still owed under the deal. No money was awarded in the case.

Parlux argued that Hova breached the terms of their business contract by refusing to make promotional appearances on shows such as Good Morning America. Attorney Anthony J. Viola said Jay-Z had “thrown sand in the gears of what Parlux was trying to do””with his objections over how to promote the product.

Carter testified that he fulfilled his obligations. During a court appearance last week, he blasted Parlux “for crappy, lazy work,” and for allegedly violating their agreement by selling the fragrance at the Superdrug discount drugstore chain in the United Kingdom without his knowledge.

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