Legal Briefs: Katy Perry + Kesha!

KESHA DENIED USE OF ANTI-SLAPP LAW IN DR. LUKE DEFAMATION CASE: A New York Court ruled Thursday that Kesha cannot make Dr. Luke pay her legal fees if her defamation claim against him fails. According to the court, “there is insufficient evidence supporting the conclusion that the legislature intended its 2020 amendments to the anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (anti-SLAPP) law… to apply retroactively to pending claims such as the defamation claims asserted by plaintiffs in this action.” In a statement to Rolling Stone, Kesha’s lawyers said: “Today’s opinion is manifestly erroneous and contrary to the conclusion reached by approximately 20 other courts. We will promptly seek Court of Appeals review.”

KATY PERRY CELEBRATES COPYRIGHT CASE VICTORY: Katy Perry celebrated her victory in court while on stage in Las Vegas Friday (March 11th) night. A video posted to Twitter shows Perry shouting “So just be sure… before you take me to court, ’cause I’m a Scorpio, b—-!” on stage at her Play Las Vegas residency. On Thursday (March 10th), a federal appeals court refused to reinstate a $2.8 million copyright infringement verdict against Perry over her 2013 single “Dark Horse.” Rapper Marcus Gray won a lawsuit against the “Firework” singer in 2014, claiming she ripped off his song, “Joyful Noise,” but the verdict was overturned by a judge in 2020.