50 Cent has had numerous successes in the music, film, and business industries throughout his career. However, his winning streak does not always extend to the courtroom. According to Reuters, 50 Cent’s $32 million malpractice lawsuit against his former lawyers has been thrown out by a federal judge.
On Friday (June 30), the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, learned that the case had been dismissed after U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant issued her final ruling. Judge Bryant stated, “Without more, the court cannot conclude that the conflict of interest had an impact on counsel’s discovery strategy, or that the conflict caused Jackson to lose at trial.”
Jackson had filed a lawsuit against his former legal team at Reed Smith, seeking $7 million in damages and $25 million in punitive damages. The lawsuit originated from his 2015 bankruptcy filing, which resulted from a lawsuit brought against him by Lastonia Leviston, the ex-girlfriend of his longtime rival Rick Ross and the mother of his child. Leviston had sued Jackson for posting a sex tape of her without her consent, and she won a $7 million judgment. Jackson sought to hold his former lawyers responsible for their “uninformed” legal strategy.
The complaint alleged that there was an apparent conflict of interest within the agency due to their previous dealings with Rick Ross, which was described as “neglectful, negligent, and unethical.” The firm had even called Ross to testify as a key material witness at one point.
In his legal documents, Jackson also criticized Reed Smith and Raymond for not following established legal standards in representing him during the Leviston Case. He claimed that their lack of effective representation and inadequate preparation caused him to hire new counsel right before the trial.
It is currently unclear whether Jackson will file the lawsuit again with additional evidence to support his initial claims.