Carlton Ridenhour, better known as the rapper Chuck D., who founded hip-hop group Public Enemy, has filed a Complaint for declaratory relief regarding the ownership of copyrights, as well as causes of action for fraud and conversion against Michael Closter and Closter’s fully owned Reach Global, Inc. He claims that the defendants used false copyright registrations to fraudulently obtain ownership rights in certain musical compositions written by him.
Earlier this week, Sports Agent Blog referenced a lawsuit between Chad Morton and Leigh Steinberg and many of his companies and affiliates. While that post is largely focused on a man named David Meltzer and a company called Sports 1 Marketing, this post will look at the pending lawsuit itself, and scrap out the facts of the Complaint so that it is easy for you to digest. Remember, Complaints are one-sided. Before you make any judgment, you need to at least see the Defendants’ affirmative defenses and counterclaims. The Complaint is attached at the bottom of the post.
The Plaintiff is Chad Morton, a former NFL running back and kick/punt returner for the New Orleans Saints, the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants. He was personally represented by Leigh Steinberg and by his company, Steinberg & Associates LLC. Read more “Chad Morton v. Leigh Steinberg, et al.”