Kanye West has reached a deal to end the years-long legal battle over one of his tweets promoting his album ‘Life of Pablo’ after a fan accused him of fraud.
On January 29, Justin Baker-Rhett filed court documents informing the court that he and Kanye West, “hereby stipulate and agree to the dismissal of Plaintiff’s individual claims with prejudice and the putative class’s claims without prejudice, with each party to bear its own attorney fees and costs.”
It’s unclear if any money exchanged hands between the fan and Kanye, but these things don’t usually get settled without some cash.
Baker-Rhett originally filed a class action lawsuit against Tidal and Kanye West over the ‘Life of Pablo’ release in 2016. He took issue with a tweet Kanye posted stating, “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”
The lawsuit argued that many fans bought a $9.99 monthly subscription for Tidal to hear the album, believing it would be exclusive to Jay-Z’s streaming service, but then Ye released the album on other streaming platforms, like Apple and Spotify.
Baker-Rhett called the situation a “deceptive marketing ploy” that “fraudulently [induced] millions of American consumers into paying for Tidal’s rescue.” The lawsuit had alleged Tidal was on the verge of collapse financially prior to Kanye’s album release.
The husband of Kim Kardashian is still wrapped up in an unrelated wave of Tidal drama, as Norwegian officials are investigating the company alleging inflation of the listening numbers on albums for Beyoncé and Kanye.