When reached by Pitchfork, Yellowcard’s attorney Richard S. Busch shared the following statement:
The dismissal was without prejudice, which means it can be refilled [sic]. My clients really were uncomfortable about pursuing this action against Juice WRLD’s grieving mother as the representative of his Estate. As they said previously, they also are incredibly sympathetic about his death, and were torn initially about pursuing this in light of his death. As a result of all that has happened, they simply need additional time to decide what they want to do.
Attorney for the Juice WRLD estate Christine Lapera gave the following statement to Pitchfork:
Defendants were fully prepared to defend against the allegations—viewed as without merit—and remain so prepared should it become necessary. There was no settlement or consideration whatsoever for Plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal.
Yellowcard, who broke up in 2017, claimed that Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” copied melodic elements of their song “Holly Wood Died” without permission. United States District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall paused the suit after Juice WRLD—born Jarad Anthony Higgins—died from an accidental overdose, giving the estate two months to appoint an administrator. At the time, Busch reiterated Yellowcard’s intent to pursue the $15 million judgment despite the awkward “optics.” Now that the estate has appointed Higgins’ mother Carmela Wallace as its representative, they have reconsidered.
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