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Top 40 Under 40: Nina D.Boyajian

Boyajian represented electro-pop group LMFAO after rapper Rick Ross sued over alleged copyright infringement. Ross claimed the phrase "everyday I'm shufflin'" from LMFAO's 2010 "Party Rock Anthem" ripped off his famous three-word phrase "everyday I'm hustlin'" from his 2006 hit "Hustlin'." Boyajian focused discovery on copyright ownership issues and identified three inconsistent Hustlin' copyright registrations.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams of Miami agreed with Boyajian's request to seek guidance from the Register of Coprights, who confirmed Boyajian's contention that none of the three registrations validly identified any of the plaintiffs. That left the plaintiffs without standing to sue, and the judge dismissed the case in early April. Roberts v. Gordy, 13-cv-24700 (S.D. Fla., filed Dec. 31, 2013).

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