In July 2020, Atlanta-based rap trio Migos filed a lawsuit against their former attorney, Damien Granderson, claiming he had “robbed and cheated [them] out of millions of dollars. “The suit’s allegations included that Granderson deliberately delayed the group’s release of the group’s 2017 LP Culture, costing them potential profit, and that he practiced law for five years without a California license. Now, six months after the original filing, Migos dropped the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the THR and court documents viewed by Pitchfork, Migos filed for a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit in November. Today (February 3rd) they filed another application for release without prejudice.
The claims in the original lawsuit concerned an alleged conflict of interest on the part of Granderson. Migos claimed Granderson never disclosed that he was working with Quality Control Management (QCM) before they worked with him in 2014 (the trio had signed with QCM the year before). At the time of the initial allegations, Migos and their lawyers wrote, “From the start of his representation at Migos, Granderson planned and planned to betray his clients so that he could take care of Migos and QCM regardless of the ramifications and consequences. ”
In the complaint, Migos and her lawyers also alleged that Granderson delayed the release of Culture when he “orchestrated a lawsuit with 300 Entertainment to facilitate the move to another record label, Capitol Records”. (Migos’ first two albums – Yung Rich Nation 2015 and Culture 2017 – 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 done honest business and complete transparency from the very beginning when we started Quality Control Music” .
Pitchfork asked representatives from Migos, Damien Granderson and Davis Shapiro for further comments.