Jay-Z Adds Star Power To Diversity Concerns In Arbitration

By Caroline Simson (December 14, 2018, 9:40 PM EST) -- While it's unclear whether a recent argument made by the rapper Jay-Z relating to an alleged lack of diversity among available arbitrators would have ultimately prevailed, experts say the mogul has shone a 10,000-watt spotlight on a long-standing issue within arbitration.

Jay-Z had asked a New York state court late last month to temporarily halt an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association over a contract dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc., which purchased the rapper's clothing line more than a decade ago.

In his request, Jay-Z argued that the AAA's list of potential arbitrators to resolve the dispute included only two...

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