Venable partner Alex Weingarten was quoted in a February 26, 2016 Billboard article on an upcoming trial over an endorsement deal between rapper Snoop Dogg and Pabst Brewing Company. Last week, a California judge ruled that company cannot shake the suit alleging the rapper is owed a share of its $700 million sale. In his ruling, the judge denied Pabst's motion to dismiss the suit for failure to state a claim and a motion to dismiss the case so that it could not be adjudicated in Illinois.
"We are thrilled that the Court saw through PBR's rhetoric and followed the law," said Weingarten who represents Snoop Dogg. "PBR desperately wants to keep this case away from a Los Angeles jury, presumably because they know that they are going to be held accountable for their conduct." In addition to the issues addressed in the suit, Weingarten also argued that one of the attorneys representing Pabst used to represent his client. "There is a clear and unequivocal conflict of interest here," he said. "Lawyers owe a duty of fidelity to their clients. That means that you cannot represent a client one day and they represent his adversary the next."
Weingarten also pointed to an email between Pabst's general counsel and an attorney representing one of the alleged purchasers of Pabst which he called "definition of a smoking gun." He said the email "proves that PBR intentionally sought to structure its deal so as to avoid having to pay Mr. Broadus. This is not some innocent mistake, it is a willful and malicious act."
In addition to Weingarten, counsel Micol Green and associate Matthew Gurvitz also represent Snoop Dogg.
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