Dr Dre and music magnate Jimmy Iovine are requested to afford $25.2m to a ex- partner in their headphone business, Beats.
Steven Lamar claimed credit for the idea of developing a make of celebrity-endorsed earphones.
He delivered the concept to Dre and Iovine in the year 2006 and also the first Beats earphones were released 2 yrs later, with different design by Robert Brunner.
The parties later fell out, and Lamar sued over delinquent royalties in 2016.
In the center of the dispute would be a 2007 settlement, by which Dre and Iovine decided to pay Lamar 4% from the base cost of each and every headphone they offered.
Just one model, Beats Studio, was specified but Lamar contended the look have been transported to twelve different types, and searched for $130m (?99m) in royalties.
A jury in La made the decision that three pairs of earphones – the Studio 2 Remastered, the Studio 2 Wireless and also the Studio 3 – had design similarities and purchased that Dre and Iovine should pay Lamar $25,247,350.
Using the Studio 3 still on purchase, the decision means Lamar continuously receive royalties additionally towards the court-mandated payout.
The trial saw Dre and Iovine testify concerning the origin of Beats – a tale they told in more detail within the recent Cinemax documentary series The Defiant Ones.
Lamar’s lawyer stated the jury saw through their tries to read his client’s role.
“They attempted to color him as some guy who had been just there in the proper time and the best place, plus they already had the concept,” John Melton told Billboard.
“I do not believe that could it have been whatsoever and i believe we demonstrated quite contrary: That before they met Lamar, they had not considered this and that he gave it for them on the silver platter.
He added: “For everyone who has a good idea and brings it to some company after which does not obtain the recognition or credit that they are due… what this jury verdict states is, if which happens to you and also you are just a little person, you are able to get into court and also have a jury of yankee citizens see whether you are wrong or right.
“And when you are right, you receive the loan that you are owed.”
Beats, which later grew to become a music streaming service in addition to a headphone company, was acquired by Apple Music inside a $3bn offer 2014.
Lamar’s legal case was filed before that deal, and did not name Apple as a defendant.