According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the current pandemic has lead to court closures which have caused Juice WRLD’s mom to suffer setbacks in probate court. She has been unable to get a judge to sign off on her being the head of her late son’s estate. As a result, Yellowcard’s lawsuit has to be put on pause until the estate issues are figured out.
In the lawsuit, the members of Yellowcard Ryan Key, Peter Mosley, Longineu Parson, and Sean Wellman-Mackin sued Juice Wrld (real name: Jared Higgins), Taz Taylor and Interscope Records.
Yellowcard accuse Juice WRLD of using a sample of their 2006 track “Holly Wood Died” in his hit “Lucid Dreams”, without permission or paying them a dime. They are suing seeking $15 million in damages.
Following the rapper’s death in December, the court put the case on hold until someone was put in charge of Juice WRLD’s estate.
Back in March, Juice WRLD’S mom, Carmela Wallace, filed a petition to become the head of his estate. In the petition, she estimated the late rapper’s estate to be worth $3,278,867.49. His assets included a $1.5 million condo, several bank accounts including one with a balance of $1,001,515.68. Carmela listed interest in Juice WRLD’s touring, music and publishing companies worth an estimated $160,000.
Juice WRLD owned a ton of jewelry worth an estimated $459,318.75. The rapper had no kids and was not married. His father passed away 6 months before the rapper died. The judge had yet to sign off on Carmela’s petition before the pandemic.
In newly filed court docs in Yellowcard’s lawsuit, the defendants say the estate matter hasn’t been dealt with due to the pandemic that caused courts to close down. They do not have a timetable of when to expect an update.
The docs note, “Consequently, the Estate remains unable to participate in the case until a personal representative is appointed, thereby leaving Defendants unable to conduct a proper fact investigation or take any action on behalf of the Estate, whose participation is crucial to Defendants’ defenses.”
As a result, the massive legal battle will be put on pause for the time being.