On Thursday, a judge finally ruled in favor of Pitbull in his court case dealing with Lindsay Lohan. The case stems back from 2011 when Lohan sued Pitbull because he used her likeness and name in his hit song “Give Me Everything”.
Back in 2011, Pitbull scored one of the biggest hits of the year with his song âGive Me Everythingâ featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. It was off his album Planet PitÂ and marked his first foray onto the Billboard Hot 100 charts. However, although the song was popular with the public, it did not go over well with one person in particular, Lindsay Lohan,Â because of hisÂ line âI got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan,â clearly referencing her past and ongoing legal issues and inability to stay out of jail.
The actressÂ sued Pitbull, real name Armando Cristian Perez, because she felt the lyrics were â...an unwarranted, unauthorized, and unfavorable mention of her name and personalityâ and contained â...allusions to her physical and mental characterâ. However,Â U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley, has finally closed the case, deciding thatÂ Pitbull's lyrics were protected under the law.
He ruled that since the song is an expressive form of art, Pitbull is fully protected under New York Civil Rights Law and the First Amendment. The judgeÂ also mentioned that even though the song was created for commercial reasons and to garner a profit, that âdoes not mean thatÂ plaintiff's name was used for 'advertising' or 'purposes of trade'...â He also stated that the âisolated use of her nameâ in one line of the song, made her case fruitless and âfatalâ from the beginning.
On a side note, Pitbullâs lawyers tried to counter-sue Lohan for filing a âfrivolous lawsuitâ, aka, wasting everybodyâs time. Judge Hurley did not rule in favor of Pitbull in those regards, however Lohan's lawyer, Stephanie Ovadia, was hit with plagiarism charges for her part in the case. She did not dispute the claims that her court briefings were directly taken from newspapers, law firms and educational websites. Instead the law firm blamed it on one of their counsels.
NeitherÂ Pitbull nor Lindsay Lohan have commented on the case and itâs ruling as of yet.Â