Finding that Cash Money Records failed to provide a "valid legal claim against [the] defendants," a New York federal judge threw out a case against [artist id="1829009"]DJ Drama[/artist] in a dispute involving the alleged illegal sales of [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist]'s music.
According to AllHipHop.com, the judge cleared Drama and several other defendants in the case, in which the distribution company they signed with was charged with illegally peddling Wayne's music, accusations Drama told MTV News in April were "misplaced."
The beef was not between mixtape king Drama and Wayne, who collaborated earlier this year on Dedication 3, the third installment of the popular mixtape series that helped catapult Wayne to superstar status. But when Drama began selling his mixtapes to retail outlets, Cash Money filed suit against the Texas-based company BCD Music Group, an independent distribution company that had a contract with Drama to sell his projects, including the Wayne collaboration Dedication 2.
Cash Money was given until September 9 to amend their initial complaint and continue the lawsuit, according to court documents. The attorney representing BCD Music Group told AllHipHop that Cash Money Records "had requested that the case be dismissed 'without prejudice' ... which would have meant that Cash Money could try again. ... However, the judge agreed with our request that it be dismissed 'with prejudice,' which basically drives a stake through the heart of the action and puts the final nail in the coffin of this lawsuit. It's over and done!"
At the time the suit was announced, Drama was adamant that the dispute was not about a beef between himself and Wayne. "This is not a case of Lil Wayne vs. DJ Drama. Me and Wayne are good," he said. "I am confident that this matter will be resolved quickly without harming the relationships between myself, Wayne and Cash Money Records.
Drama had no comment about the decision, while spokespeople for Cash Money could not be reached at press time.