In July 2020, Atlanta rap trio Migos filed a lawsuit against their former attorney Damien Granderson, claiming that he “robbed and cheated [them] out of millions of dollars.” Among the suit’s claims were that Granderson intentionally delayed the release of the group’s 2017 LP Culture, costing them potential profit, and that he practiced law without a California license for five years. Now, six months after the original filing, Migos have dropped the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to THR, as well as court documents viewed by Pitchfork, Migos filed for a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit without prejudice back in November. Today (February 3), they filed another request for dismissal, with prejudice.
The original lawsuit’s claims involved an alleged conflict of interest on Granderson’s part. Migos claimed that Granderson never disclosed that he worked with Quality Control Management (QCM), before they began working with him in 2014 (the trio had signed to QCM the year before). At the time of the initial allegations, Migos and their lawyers wrote that “from the commencement of his representation of Migos, Granderson plotted and schemed to betray his clients so he could take care of himself and QCM, regardless of the consequences and ramifications to Migos.”
In the complaint, Migos and their attorneys also alleged that Granderson delayed the release of Culture when he “orchestrated a legal dispute with 300 Entertainment in an attempt to facilitate a move to a different record label, Capitol Records.” (Migos’ first two albums—2015’s Yung Rich Nation and 2017’s Culture—were released by QCM and distributed by 300, but the group’s Culture II was distributed by Capitol.)
Following the 2020 lawsuit, Quality Control CEO Pierre Thomas responded to the allegations on social media, writing that the company has “always practiced honest business and complete transparency from the beginning when we started Quality Control Music.”
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Migos, Damien Granderson, and Davis Shapiro for further comment.