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Chief Circuit Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals flexed his rap knowledge on Monday in a case against Atlanta rapper T.I by referencing seven of his songs throughout his decision filing.
Clifford Harris, Jr., who goes by the stage name T.I. in his music career, was a part of a class-action suit in 2017 for owning the unregistered cryptocurrency FLiK, but the case was dismissed a year later after the district court deemed the lawsuit “untimely.”
After the case was appealed to the court of appeals, Judge Pryor wasted no time and cited several of T.I.’s songs in his filing.
The judge referenced a hit single that T.I. made with Rihanna, noting that “the district court said, in effect, ‘Live Your Life,’ and granted motion.”
When explaining the difference between a “statute of repose” and a “statute of limitations,” Pryor invoked the title of T.I.’s seventh album and single for some added panache.
“In other words, statutes of repose show ‘No Mercy’ to plaintiffs,” the judge wrote. “See T.I. featuring The-Dream, No Mercy, on No Mercy (Atlantic Records & Grand Hustle Records 2010).”
Judge Pryor ultimately upheld the district court’s decision and dismissed the appeal, leaving the class action suit “Dead and Gone.”