A California state court has reportedly rejected Pabst Brewing Co.’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Snoop Dogg asserting the rapper is entitled to a portion of the proceeds obtained through the $700-million sale of the company in 2014. Spanky’s Clothing Inc. v. Pabst Brewing Co. LLC, No. BC584365 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty., rulings issued February 24, 2016).
In the June 2015 complaint, the rapper argued that through a phantom equity clause in his three-year deal to endorse Blast by Colt 45®, a line of fruit-flavored alcohol beverages, he is owed part of the sale price realized by Pabst stockholders. The parties reportedly disputed over whether the court should take judicial notice of the securities sale agreement, but the court found that considering it was inappropriate at this stage of the litigation and denied the motions to dismiss the case. See Law360, February 24, 2016.