Bad Azz vs. Deathrow
Bad Azz is suing Deathrow for $500,000 over the song he did with Pac on the
Makaveli 7 Day Theory CD, "Krazy". Apparently he wasn't paid any
royalties for the song.
Afeni Shakur vs. Deathrow
Successful lawsuits were won by the estate to gain merchandising rights to
Shakur's image, which means it would receive royalties from T-shirts,
posters, hats etc., and they also won a suit against Deathrow to gain the
rights to unreleased material. A $7.1 million suit by Death Row Records,
demanding reimbursement for cash advances that Shakur allegedly used for
cars, houses, jewelry and other expenses. The estate filed a 41- page
counter suit, accusing Death Row of looting $50 million from Shakur to
maintain the extravagant lifestyles of label head Marion "Suge"
Knight and other executives.
C Delores Tucker vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
A $10 million lawsuit by C. Delores Tucker, a virulent opponent of gangsta
rap. Tucker, who once labeled Shakur's music "pornographic smut,"
claimed lyrics on Tupac's 9 million-selling album All Eyez on Me were
so demeaning that it affected her sex life. Two songs derisively mentioned
Tucker by name. On one, How Do U Want It, Tupac rapped: "Delores
Tucker, you'se a motherfucker/Instead of trying to help a nigga, you destroy
a brother", the other song is Wonda Why They Call U Bytch.
William Garland vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
A lawsuit was also filed by Tupac's father, William Garland, seeking 50
percent of Tupac's Estate. Garland had little contact in Tupac's Life and
until Tupac got shot in '94 Tupac believed his father was dead. He was only
trying to make money off of his blood-only son. The case was previously
thrown out of court, but ended in a settlement of $540,000 plus legal fees
totaling just over $350,000.
Jacquelyn McNealey vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
Jacquelyn McNealey was shot and paralyzed by a stay bullet at a 1993 Tupac
concert in Pine Bluff, Ark. Fischbein. She claims that Tupac got the crowed
all fired up, resulting in her being shot. A November 1996 court award of
$16.6 million was overturned when it was ruled that Tupac's estate wasn't
allowed to present a defense at the trial. She later settled for $2 million.
Whitwells vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
Two off duty policemen claimed they were crossing the road and were almost
hit by a car back in 1993. They got into a dispute with the driver, and 2
other cars pulled up, they claim they ran but were shot in the buttocks.
Witnesses later identified the shooter as Shakur, who was in town for a
concert and staying at the same hotel as the Whitwells. "Criminal
charges were dropped when it emerged that the policemen had been drinking
and had initiated the incident, and when the prosecution's own witness
testified that the gun one of the officers threatened Tupac with had been
seized in a drug bust and then stolen from an evidence locker." Civil
suit with one officer was settled out of court, the officer in this case was
awarded the amount of $210,000.
Johnny Lee Jackson (Johnny J) vs. Deathrow
He claims he co-wrote and helped produce 11 songs on All Eyez on Me and was
never paid the $100,000 advance or the per song royalties of 3% he was
supposed to receive.
Orlando Anderson vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
Orlando Anderson, a crip considered a suspect in the shooting of Tupac, was
beaten by Tupac and Suge in the lobby Sept, 7, 1996 of the MGM theater the
night of the Tyson fight and Tupac shooting. Although Anderson was later
killed in a driveby thought to be linked to the shooting of Tupac, a suit
against Tupac's estate will continue. Suge was ruled to have been
responsible in the beating and sentenced to a 9 year prison sentence for
violation of parole.
R&S Antiques Inc vs. Estate of Tupac Shakur
A Beverly Hills Jeweler is suing the estate claiming Tupac had an unpaid tab
of $38,000 for a white gold and diamond bracelet and a $45,000 medallion
designed by Gianni Versace. R&S Antiques Inc is seeking in access of
$93,000 for the jewelry and interest on it.
Afeni Shakur vs. Orlando Anderson
Sept 16th, Afeni Shakur filed a wrongful death suit against Orlando
Anderson. Afeni Shakur's lawyer, Richard Fishbein, says the suit was filed
because, "The Las Vegas police have as much interest in solving this
crime as the man on the moon... I believe I cannot do any worse than they