Jay-Z Demands More Black Arbitrators in Roc Nation Logo Dispute

Jay-Z needs to see more people of color on the list of potential arbitrators called in for the legal battle over the Roc Nation logo and is demanding a halt on the lawsuit until he sees them.

via TMZ:

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Jay-Z’s lawyers are requesting a restraining order that would put an immediate halt to the lawsuit Iconix Brand filed against him. In the docs, Jay-Z’s attorney, Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, says they’ve been given a deadline of Nov. 30 to choose an arbitrator in the case, but the list of candidates they’ve been given is, quite frankly, too lily white.

TMZ broke the story … Iconix Brand says it paid $204 million for merchandising rights for the Roc Nation logo. Iconix sued Jay because the logo got slapped on a bunch of MLB gear without its permission. Both sides have agreed to handle the dispute in arbitration, rather than open court.

However, Jay’s legal team is clearly concerned the lack of diversity could hurt their chance of getting a fair shake in the case.

In the docs, they say they initially got a list of 200 potential arbitrators, NONE of whom were African-American. After they complained, they got a new list of 6 arbitrators “of color,” but one of them is a partner at the law firm repping Iconix … a clear conflict of interest.

Jay-Z’s team wants the restraining order so they can determine if the other candidates have similar conflicts. Bottom line … they need more time and more black arbitrators.

Do you think having arbitrators of color will make a difference?

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