50 Cent suffered a significant legal setback this week. On Friday (June 30), U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant dismissed the rapper’s $32 million malpractice lawsuit against U.S. law firm Reed Smith and its former partner Peter Raymond. According to Reuters, 50 Cent claimed that the law firm employed an “uninformed” legal strategy that resulted in a loss of $7 million.
The Queens native alleged that the lawyers had divided loyalties due to their past representation of Rick Ross, one of the potential witnesses in the case.
These attorneys had previously worked with 50 Cent on a separate case involving the release of a sex tape on social media as part of his feud with an executive from Maybach Music Group.
50 Cent believed that the conflict of interest may have led to the failure of getting Ross to testify in his case. Consequently, he terminated the lawyers’ services in March 2015. In July of that year, he lost the trial and was ordered to pay $7 million in damages.
The aftermath of the case had a ripple effect. Three days after the ruling, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut, and Reed Smith filed a claim against the “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” rapper for unpaid fees.
Judge Bryant based her decision on 50 Cent’s failure to prove or demonstrate how the divided loyalties of the lawyers contributed to his loss at trial.
“Without more, the court cannot conclude that the conflict of interest affected counsel’s discovery strategy, or that the conflict caused Jackson to lose at trial,” stated the federal judge.