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District Judge Edgardo Ramos

 

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In 1968 musician Jimi Hendrix gifted his Acoustic Black Widow guitar and Mosrite Joe Maphis Doubleneck guitar to the Ghetto Fighters, a band consisting of twin brothers TaharQa and Tunda Re Aleem. Before his 2014 death, Tunda Re assigned his interest in the guitars to other brother Tajiddin. In 1995 the Aleem brothers sought to raise money by selling one guitar, valued at $200,000 each, at auction. Later, the brothers, and the agent of Hendrix’s estate, on behalf of Experience Hendrix LLC, orally agreed that in exchange for $30,000 the Aleem brothers owned the guitars, which were publicly displayed by Experience. After learning in 2015 of litigation between Experience and Rainbow Guitars over ownership of the Black Widow guitar, plaintiffs sought to return the guitar to Hendrix’s estate in return for $30,000 as required by their oral agreement. Plaintiffs did not receive a response. District Court dismissed plaintiffs’ action charging Experience and its co-defendants with contract breach and related causes of action. The parties’ agreement was unenforceable as it violated the Statute of Frauds under UCC §§1-207 and 2-201. Plaintiffs were given leave to replead their conversion and replevin claims, and Tajiddin’s standing as a real party in interest.

District Judge Edgardo Ramos

 

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In 1968 musician Jimi Hendrix gifted his Acoustic Black Widow guitar and Mosrite Joe Maphis Doubleneck guitar to the Ghetto Fighters, a band consisting of twin brothers TaharQa and Tunda Re Aleem. Before his 2014 death, Tunda Re assigned his interest in the guitars to other brother Tajiddin. In 1995 the Aleem brothers sought to raise money by selling one guitar, valued at $200,000 each, at auction. Later, the brothers, and the agent of Hendrix’s estate, on behalf of Experience Hendrix LLC, orally agreed that in exchange for $30,000 the Aleem brothers owned the guitars, which were publicly displayed by Experience. After learning in 2015 of litigation between Experience and Rainbow Guitars over ownership of the Black Widow guitar, plaintiffs sought to return the guitar to Hendrix’s estate in return for $30,000 as required by their oral agreement. Plaintiffs did not receive a response. District Court dismissed plaintiffs’ action charging Experience and its co-defendants with contract breach and related causes of action. The parties’ agreement was unenforceable as it violated the Statute of Frauds under UCC §§1-207 and 2-201. Plaintiffs were given leave to replead their conversion and replevin claims, and Tajiddin’s standing as a real party in interest.