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Birdman Scores $1 Million Victory Against Ex-Employee In Court Battle

By Ryan Naumann

Cash Money Records founder Birdman scored a huge victory in court against his ex-employee who accused him of screwing him out of money.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge has granted a motion by Birdman and vacated a $1 million default judgment entered against him.

Back in 2018, Birdman was sued by his ex-employee Nicolas Jose Penzo for unpaid wages. Birdman failed to respond to the lawsuit for several months. A judge eventually awarded Penzo a default judgment in the amount of $1,069,876.

In November, Birdman finally showed up to court demanding the judgment be thrown out. He argued the court made an error in the ruling and he was not properly served.

In newly filed documents, the Florida judge agreed with Birdman and vacated the judgment. The case will now move forward with Birdman having to answer the original lawsuit.

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Back in 2018, Penzo sued Birdman, Cash Money Records and Pine View Management LLC. Penzo worked as Birdman’s property manager from 2015 until May 27, 2017.

His jobs included painting, handling the cleaning services, and coordinating with contractors to fix things such as the electricity. Penzo said Birdman agreed to pay him $150 a day. He said he worked (occasionally) from 9am to 9pm. Penzo said an average he worked 48-60 hours a week, without being paid overtime.

He even said he was only paid every two or three months, sometimes with checks, but mostly with cash. His original lawsuit he was seeking $8,900 in unpaid wages, along with an additional $15k based on the $150 per day. His complaint sought $23,900 in damages.


He would later increase his monetary demand seeking $1,069,876. He argued, “I have suffered back pain due to the immense amount of work the Defendant required me to do. I was without work for approximately one year, suffered financially, physically, and emotionally because of the position the Defendant left me in, and therefore feel I am entitled to $1,000,000 in compensatory damages.”

Birdman is in the middle of battling a separate $20 million-dollar lawsuit over his former Miami mansion.

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