Lil Wayne’s former lawyer is back in court demanding the $20 million lawsuit filed by the rapper be dismissed, saying he did nothing wrong.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Wayne’s former lawyer, Ronald Sweeney, is attempting to shut down Wayne’s legal malpractice lawsuit.
Wayne is suing Sweeney accusing him of taking a higher than industry standard commission and screwing him over on deals.
In newly filed docs, Sweeney says Wayne has recently tried to argue because Sweeney’s law license was suspended for a brief period of time (which the lawyer says was due to “technical reasons”), that he committed fraud.
Sweeney says even if his license was suspended in one state for a time, he argues it caused no harm to Wayne. He says “Rather, Sweeney successfully represented Carter for more than 13 years.”
He is demanding the judge dismiss the entire $20 million case immediately.
Earlier this year, Lil Wayne sued Sweeney seeking $20 million in damages. He accused his lawyer of overcharging him and taking a 10 percent cut of all his deals instead of the industry standard of 5 percent.
Wayne claimed Sweeney tried to get greedy towards the end and take an additional 10 percent off all his Young Money profits but he shut that down. He also claimed Sweeney didn’t even represent him in the battle with Birdman over the ‘Carter V’, saying he brought in outside counsel, who Wayne said took a 23 percent cut of his Cash Money settlement and 15 percent cut of a separate deal with Universal Music.
Sweeney, who represented the rapper from 2005 until 2018, fired back arguing he made Wayne upwards of a hundred million while they worked together.
The lawyer believed the lawsuit filed by Wayne is nothing more than a “campaign by Carter’s other advisors to avoid” paying him the money owed.
He also claimed to have made himself available 24 hours a day for Wayne and traveled to him for legal work. Sweeney asked the court to dismiss the case.
The case is ongoing.
After being sued by Wayne, Sweeney went and sued Mack Maine (real name Jermaine Preyan) and Cortez Bryant (the rapper’s manager) accusing them of conspiring to get him fired.
The lawyer claims he became Wayne's protector from his record label, personal managers, other unsavory and unethical professionals, Wayne's childhood friends and even "from Lil Wayne himself."
He says despite all this, in September 2018, "Lil Wayne was induced to terminate his relationship with Sweeney based on false and misleading allegations by Mack and Cortez, both childhood friends of Lil Wayne. Mack and Cortez falsely told Lil Wayne, among other things, that Sweeney was improperly collecting fees to which he was not entitled and that the 10% fee Sweeney charged was exorbitant and against Lil Wayne’s best interests."
Sweeney accuses the two of a conspiracy that was motivated by greed and a desire to collect for themselves the money Sweeney was collecting for his work with Wayne.
In the lawsuit, Sweeney claims Wayne told him to fire Cortez because he believed his company had been trying to collect more of Drake's royalties than he was owed. He says after that, Cortez conspired with Mack to "drive a wedge between Lil Wayne and Sweeney" by making false and misleading statement to Wayne about Sweeney. He says their goal was to get him out of the picture completely.
Sweeney accuses Maine and Bryant of ruining his relationship with Wayne, along with causing him to have to defend himself in the $20 million lawsuit brought against him by the rapper.
He sued for defamation and is seeking unspecified damages for the millions he believes he lost out from future Wayne commissions. This case is also ongoing.