French Montana Can't Duck Copyright Infringement Suit

Law360 (March 25, 2020, 10:20 PM EDT) -- Rapper French Montana lost a bid Wednesday to escape a copyright lawsuit over his song "Ain't Worried About Nothin" when an Illinois federal judge ruled that artist's in-state concerts may have subjected him to jurisdiction.

The judge said that Eddie Lee Richardson — who claims French Montana copied his song "*Hood* Pushin' Weight" — hasn't shown the rapper's ties to Illinois are extensive enough that general jurisdiction applies, but ordered jurisdictional discovery to proceed, despite a limited record.

One reason for that is evidence of a concert that French Montana, whose legal name is Karim Kharbouch, performed in Tinley Park, Illinois, with rapper...

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