Jay-Z's $204 million arbitration case halted over lack of racially-diverse arbitrators

December 23, 2018


As all of you may or may not  know, notorious rapper Jay Z has been going back and forth with brand management company IconiX Brand group. Iconix (who bought Jay Z's Rocawear line in 2007) made a claim in a 2017 lawsuit that it owned the "Roc Nation Logo and that Jay Z is infringing on its trademark by using the logo on the Jay Z's Major league baseball apparel. That is when Iconix filed a arbitration proceeding against Jay Z's team and demanding financial documents about their companies. Since then Jayz team demanded that their be a halt on the arbitration case  because of the lack of diversity  in the AAA (American Abrations Association) . Apparently  Jay Z Lawyers stated that " The AAAs arbitration procedures , & specifically its roster of neutrals for large and complex cases in New York, deprive black litigants like Mr. Carter & his companies of the equal protection laws, equal access to public accommodations, and mislead consumers into believing that they will receive a fair  impartial adjudication. According to the filings, "The AAA was able to provided only 3 neutrals (on its large & Complex cases roster) it identified as a African American: 2 Men- one of whom was a partner at the law firm representing Iconix in this arbitration ans thus had a conflict of interest


-and one woman. As a result, New York Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla agreed and granted the motion that resulted in a temporary restraining order that stops the arbitration at least until the next court date, which is set for Dec. 11.

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