Our office remains open to serve your important legal needs during these turbulent and challenging times. We are happy to schedule client consultations and client meetings by telephone or video-conference at your request.
Bryan E. Kuhn
Counselor at Law, P.C.
Business & Employment Law Attorney

Jay-Z, arbitration group reach agreement over diversity issue

An objection over the racial makeup of the pool of potential arbitrators in the intellectual property lawsuit between Jay-Z and Iconix Brand Group appears to be resolved, according to recent court filings. This change could have an impact on Colorado entrepreneurs involved in the arbitration process going forward.

According to an attorney for Jay-Z, the rapper and entrepreneur is ready to proceed with arbitration in front of the American Arbitration Association after having some initial concerns over the diversity of the pool of potential arbitrators. These concerns led Jay-Z’s legal team to file for a temporary restraining order to halt the arbitration until the dispute could be resolved.

According to Jay-Z’s attorney, AAA acknowledged a lacking number of minority arbitrators including African Americans. The arbitration can now proceed due to AAA agreeing to open up the arbitrator selection process to include meaningful consideration of many African American arbitrators. AAA also agreed to remedial measures that would lead to a more racially diverse pool of arbitrators in future cases.

The underlying disagreement between Jay-Z and Iconix stems from a lawsuit filed by the brand group over the ‘Roc Nation” logo it purchased from Jay-Z previously. According to the lawsuit, Jay-Z licensed the use of the logo on Major League Baseball apparel despite no longer holding the rights to the image.

The spat over the makeup of the potential arbitrator pool is another example of how complex and protracted intellectual property litigation can be. The best way to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation is to work closely with an intellectual property attorney from the very beginning of the process. Legal counsel could be able to review potential licensing deals and address litigation risks ahead of time.

Column Image

“I used the Bryan E. Kuhn, Counselor at Law, P.C. team to help me with a case. They were always professional, upfront, and positive providing guidance while keeping me informed.”
– L.H.

“Everyone at the firm was professional, responsive and courteous. I would definitely recommend this firm if you are in need of superior legal assistance.”
– J.S.

“Bryan and his law firm operate with great professionalism and personal touch. I appreciated the way he and his team offered transparent communication.”
– N.S.

“The team was very professional in helping me to get through an uncomfortable ADA situation at my workplace. This was a very good legal experience. I would recommend Bryan E. Kuhn & team to anyone who needs work related legal help.”
– D.L.

“Bryan, Katie, and all the staff in this office are super fast to respond, expert in their fields, and always helpful. We have been extremely pleased with their services for our small business.”
– T.Z.

Column Image


Bg Subscribe
Contact Our Firm

Office Location

Bryan E. Kuhn, Counselor at Law, P.C.
1660 Lincoln Street Suite 2330
Denver, CO 80264

Local: 303-424-4286
Toll Free: 866-693-5541
Fax: 303-425-4013
Denver Law Office Map
FindLaw Network
Click for the BBB Business Review of this Attorneys & Lawyers - Employment Litigation in Denver CO