first_imgIn a brief hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Helen I. Bendix, the judge told lawyers the evaluation service will give both sides a neutral idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Although the service was not created to bring about pre-trial settlements, the end result is often just that, she said. The lawyers appeared far from reaching a settlement. The singer’s lawyers told Bendix that mediation was unsuccessful and that they still have not received much of the information they requested from Priority Records. However, Priority Records attorney David A. Steinberg said more than 20,000 documents have been turned over to the entertainer’s lawyers already. “The plaintiffs are speculating that there is more information than there really is,” Steinberg said. Rapper Snoop Dogg and Priority Records should put their $2 million dispute over CD royalties before a Superior Court case evaluation service, a judge told attorneys in the case today. The Long Beach-born rapper, record producer and actor — whose real name is Calvin Broadus — filed suit last Nov. 22, alleging breach of contract. He claims they owe him money under a 1998 recording agreement and that they did not consult with him concerning their release of his greatest hits CD. Chief among the singer’s claims is that Priority Records did not pay him a $950,000 advance promised to him after he recorded “Tha Last Meal.” Priority Records maintains in its court papers that the singer waited too long to file his lawsuit and that it should be barred. Bendix said she did not know until today that Broadus is the famed rapper. “Now I realize who we’re talking about here,” Bendix said. “I didn’t recognize the non-professional name, so to speak.” Bendix called the case “very interesting.” Bendix was scheduled to set dates today for future hearings and the trial, but she said she will now make the selections Oct. 23. Today’s hearing was the first before Bendix. Priority Records filed papers in July disqualifying Judge Robert L. Hess from hearing the case. Priority Records is now affiliated with EMI, according to Broadus’ court papers. Broadus pleaded guilty last month to having a collapsible baton in his carry-on bag at John Wayne Airport and was sentenced to three years informal probation and 160 hours of community service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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