LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – The Lil Wayne, Young Money lawsuit over the hit “BedRock” became rocky last week when a new man came forward seeking to join the suit, only to step away hours later. Lil Wayne, Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal are being sued by Done Deal Enterprises in the US District Court, Southern District of New York. As detailed extensively on LALATE since last year, the case has proceeded without any major twists. But that changed days ago when a new man came forward seeking to join the alleged copyright infringement lawsuit against Lil Wayne. Then, hours later, he backed out.
In a letter obtained by LALATE, Gerald Tanksley on August 10 asked Lil Wayne’s trial judge if he could intervene (join) the lawsuit against the Lil Wayne defendants as a new plaintiff. Tanksley’s Park Avenue attorney wrote Judge John F. Keenan on August 10 asking permission to join the case (of Done Deal Enterprises, LLC v. Carter et al) as a new plaintiff.
“Your Honor – I represent Gerald Tanksley, a non-party who seeks leave to intervene as a Plaintiff-Intervenor in the above-referenced matter… We respectfully request You Honor order the Clerk to permit Mr. Tanksley to file the Motion to Intervene by endorsing this letter as indicated below.”
On page two of the letter obtained by LALATE, Judge Keenan endorsed the document, permitting Gerald Tanksley to join, as of August 13, 2012.
Suddenly, twenty-four hours later, Tanksley withdrew his request. “On August 14, 2012, the court received a letter from … counsel to non-party Gerald Tanksley indicating that Mr. Tanksley has withdraw his proposed motion to intervene”, Judge Keenan noted.
No further detail was offered by Tanksley why he intended to sue the defendants over BedRock, sought permission from the Court, got it, and then withdrew his request before joining the case. Done Deal and the defendants head to settlement discussions this October 1, 2012.