Rap daily: Former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti and rapper Ja Rule have filed a lawsuit against a publishing company they claim illegally represented themselves as administrators of their copyrights.
The lawsuit was filed in the New York Southern District Court for New York and names Richard Kid Music Inc. and Rondo Robinson as defendants in the lawsuit.
Irv Gotti and Ja claim that Rich Kid Music and Robinson owe them over $57,000 in royalties plus punitive damages.
They claim that Rich Kid illegally represented itself as the owner and administrator of several musical compositions on Ja Rule's 2001 album, Pain Is Love.
Rich Kid illegally executed an unauthorized Copyright Licensing agreement with Universal Music Group Canada and began collecting Irv Gotti and Ja Rule's royalties.
Not only does the lawsuit claim that Rich Kid Music illegally collected the funds, but it further alleges that Irv Gotti and Ja Rule have never even heard of Rich Kid Music, or Rondo Robinson.
Irv Gotti and Ja Rule are suing Rich Kid Music for fraud, conversion and copyright infringement.
The news of the lawsuit comes just a week after Ja Rule surrendered to authorities to start a 2 and a half year prison sentence for attempted possession of the weapon.
The rapper was arrested in July of 2007, after police found a .40 caliber handgun in his Maybach Benz.
Ja Rule pleaded no contest to the offense in December of 2010.
He started his sentence on June 8th.