‘Good as Hell’ hitmaker Lizzo‘s undoubtedly feeling just that after news a lawsuit stemming from her breakout hit, ‘Truth Hurts,’ has been tossed.
As we reported here in March, Liz (born Melissa Jefferson) took to the courts in 2019 to combat rumors she failed to properly credit the hit tune’s alleged co-writers – Justin Raisen & Jeremiah Raisen (click here to read more on that).
The Raisen brothers responded with a countersuit and suggested ‘Truth’ was derived from another song, ‘Healthy,’ they actually did co-write with the GRAMMY winner.
Alas, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee judge sided with Jefferson in a recent ruling by stating:
“a joint author of one copyrightable work does not automatically gain ownership of a derivative work in which the joint author had no hand in creating.”
However, the victory may be short-lived as the Raisens do have an opportunity to counter the judge’s decision by September 4.
Justin’s lawyer, Larry Iser, said in a statement:
“The court’s decision to dismiss just one of our five counterclaims is only a temporary setback, as Judge Gee has granted us leave to amend our pleading. We will be submitting amended counterclaims, which will address the court’s concerns with our original pleading. We know the truth may hurt, but Lizzo will not be able to continue denying our clients’ substantial contributions to the Grammy winning song for much longer.”