That was fast! Less than a month after R&B artist Jessie Graham filed a $42 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Taylor Swift and Sony ATV Music Publishing, United States District Court Judge Gail Standish has dismissed the lawsuit in Swift’s favor. You may recall that Graham alleged in his complaint that Swift stole "what is equal to 92% of the lyrics used in her song,” Shake it Off, from him. To this, Swift's legal team filed a motion to have the lawsuit thrown out of court. Well, maybe even more interesting than the quick turnaround time on this case is the language in Standish’s order. In her dismissal, Standish invoked Swift's 2012 hit, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, writing: “At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court. But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them."
Turns out, Graham, who filed the lawsuit on his own behalf (in lieu of legal counsel), did not meet the required standards for making his case, namely, for copyright infringement. To this, Standish went on to write, "As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space - one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court's explanation ... Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit." In case you’re not a Swift fan, that excerpt utilizes lyrics from Swift’s recent Bad Blood track, as well as Blank Space, another hit song by Swift.
In short, Standish sent Braham home to either get a lawyer or refile his lawsuit, as he failed to provide enough factual evidence to make a case and did not set forth allegations that rose above pure speculation. It seems Judge Standish not only felt the lawsuit was unmerited but she also has a bit of a sense of humor, as well.