Taylor Swift has shaken off yet another lawsuit with the help of a very clever judge.
R&B singer Jessie Braham was suing the “Wildest Dreams” singer for $42 million over her “Shake It Off” lyrics, claiming 92% of her lyrics were taken from him.
Braham claimed that Swift’s chorus (“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”) rifts from his 2013 song “Haters Gonna Hate,” which contains the lyrics, “Haters gonna hate / players gonna play.”
The R&B singer also said that “Shake It Off” would not exist if it weren’t for him.
A clever California judge ruled that he did not have enough factual evidence to support his case and dismissed the lawsuit using Swift’s lyrics from her hits “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to do so.
“At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court,” the judge wrote. “But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them.”
“As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space-one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation … Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”