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Antonne M. Jones, Jay-Z and Dash To Meet at Pretrial Hearing for Stealing Concept Behind”State Property”
NEW YORK, NY(RUSHPRNEWS) August 19, 2007 – Author and filmmaker Antonne M. Jones, Attorneys for Jay-Z’s Lion Gate Films, Rocafella Films, and Damon Dash are scheduled to meet for a pretrial scheduling conference .
DATE:Â 08/20/2007 AT 215pm
WHERE:500 Pearl Street in the Southern District of New York before Magistrate Fox.Â New York, NY
TYPE :Â Magistrate hearing – pretrial scheduling conference –
TITLE: Â Antonne M. Jones v. Roc-A-Fella Film Inc.; Lions Gate Films Inc. Damon Dash; Shawn Carter
TOPIC: Â Copyright
JURISDICTION Â USDC: Southern District of New York
DOCKET NUMBER:Â CV-3648
CASE DESCRIPTION: Copyright infringement arising from defendants’ unlawful use of plaintiff’s original manuscript THE FAMILY – A PHILADELPHIA MOB STORY.
PARTY: Â Antonne M. Jones
Law Firm Â Victor Dunlop
Lawyer(s) Victor Dunlop
PARTY:Â Â Roc-A-Fella Film Inc.; Lions Gate Films Inc. Damon Dash; Shawn Carter
Law Firm Â N/A
Lawyer(s) Â N /A
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Jay-Z and Dash Face Lawsuit for Stealing Concept Behindâ€State Propertyâ€ by Anne Howard for Rush PR News
Los Angeles, CA (rushprnews) May 25, 2007-It seems that the storyline of â€œState Propertyâ€ didnâ€™t belong to Jay-Z and his long-time business partner Damon Dash after all. That is the claim made by Antonne Jones in a $15 million lawsuit filed in New Yorkâ€™s Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month.
Antonne Jones the author of novel â€œThe Family: A Philadelphia Storyâ€ states that his book is the basis for the 2002 film. Jones and Jay-z were in negotiations when Jones had been offered by Jay-Z and Dash a mere $50,000for the rights of his book. Jones turned it down for being too low, much below from the requested amount of $500,000. He claimed that after his refusal, he never heard from the pair again.
According to Jones, the plot line for the movie is directly taken from his book, the hood, glory and money. He is seeking $15 million in damages from Carter, Dash and the movieâ€™s distributors, Lions Gate.
The film took in over $2 million at the U.S. box office following its January 2002 release and was poorly received by critics and the public alike.
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