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May 22, 2019

Jay-Z arbitration on hold, judge orders

November 30, 2018
Jay Z’s attorneys say the lack of African-American arbitrators can make it tough to get “fair and impartial adjudication.” (Matt Rourke / AP)

Can’t knock that hustle.

Jay-Z’s legal team convinced a Manhattan judge to delay arbitration after Hova argued he’s at a “discriminatory disadvantage” due to the American Arbitration Association’s “apparent lack” of qualified black arbitrators.

In a court order made public Friday, Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered proceedings be put on hold until a Dec. 11 hearing to discuss the multi-platinum rapper’s claim.

Earlier this week, the rapper — born Sean Carter — alleged his search for an arbitrator showed him there’s a dearth of African-Americans in the association’s pool of possible candidates.

“The AAA’s arbitration procedures … deprive Mr. Carter and his companies of the equal protection of the laws, equal access to public accommodations, and mislead customers into believing that they will receive a fair and impartial adjudication,” his lawyers charged in the court papers.

The Brooklyn-bred rapper is at odds with the Iconix Brand Group and Icon DE Holding over his Rocawear clothing line. Iconix bought the brand in March 2007, but in 2015 there was a business dispute, which landed the three in arbitration.

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