The law firm representing rap star Cardi B in her $30 million lawsuits against her past manager is asking a judge to be removed from the trial because they can’t agree on a proper technique.
Robins Kaplan and Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt were the two firms representing Cardi in a $10 million lawsuit filed by her old manager Klenord ‘Shaft’ Raphael. He alleged that Cardi’s now-husband and Migos group member Offset persuaded Cardi away from his company so she could work with Quality Control.
For the last two years, Cardi’s royalties have been withheld from her as the lawsuit makes its way through the court. Cardi filed a $30 million countersuit, charging Shaft of taking advantage of her and keeping “an unreasonable and unconscionable portion of earnings.” She is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and another $20 million in punitive damages.
The specifics of the claim against the former representative include the following:
*Breach of contract, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, declaratory judgment, and defamation against Cardi;
*That Cardi “has not only declared the agreements to be ‘void and unenforceable,’ but she has also repeatedly defamed Shaft, falsely communicating to her fiancé Kiara Kendrell Cephus p/k/Offset, members of her entourage, and the public that ‘Shaft is robbing me’”;
*” Upon information and belief, Offset is responsible for steering Cardi B to QC to be managed by Thomas and Lee in all of her entertainment endeavors”;
*That “With actual knowledge of Cardi B’s exclusive management agreement with WorldStar, Defendants Foster, QC, Lee, and Thomas, without justification, intentionally interfered with that agreement, thereby depriving WorldStar of the substantial income, benefits, and advantages it was entitled to receive under that agreement.”
Among the more striking claims made in the lawsuit are quotes from a pair of texts: “On December 16, 2017, [Cardi] texted Shaft: ‘I’m not f[*]cking with you no more you dead ass doing me  Grimey.’ After that communication, Cardi B began withdrawing from Shaft, contacting him less and less. Two days later, Offset contacted Shaft, confirming that Cardi B was spreading the lie that Shaft had robbed her: ‘[U] better stop play acting like u don’t know u taking her sh[*]t from her u a snake. U can’t hide from me N[****] and u not bout to play my WIFE.’”
“Erosion of the Attorney-client Relationship”
Yesterday (July 20th), Cardi B’s lawyer requested to be removed as counsel in her $30 million trial with her former manager. Paul V. LiCalsi representing Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt asked a judge to be removed from the counters. LiCalsi lamented “been a significant erosion of the attorney-client relationship, ” as his reason for wanting to be removed.
“During the course of Reitler’s representation of Ms. Almanzar in this litigation, Reitler has performed a substantial amount of work in connection with the discovery phase of this action and has participated in extensive and lengthy settlement negotiations on behalf of Ms. Almanzar in the hopes of effectuating a global settlement to resolve the instant action,” Paul V. LiCalsi said.
Cardi will still have the legal power of Robins Kaplan to represent her in her case, which LiCalsi was more than enough and remain unbiased in the litigation once Reitler is off the case.
That is not the end of Cardi, and former representatives Saft legal trouble. Last week a model filed a lawsuit for $5 million claimed the rapper was withholding financial documents that are crucial to his case. Cardi revealed she hadn’t collected royalties from her music in almost two years because of the action with Shaft, who claims he gave the rapper one of her biggest hits, “Bodak Yellow.”
Kevin Michael Brophy modeled his back tattoo on her mixtape “Gangsta B##ch Music Vol 1.”