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$6.4 Million Judgment Against Daddy Yankee in the Daily Business Review!

Miami Intellectual Property and Business Law Firm Assouline & BerloweAssouline & Berlowe congratulates Attorneys Peter Berlowe, Daniel Vielleville, and Andrew Riccio and the team at Winston & Strawn on their recent $6.4 million judgment against reggaeton star Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, more popularly known as Daddy Yankee.  Today’s Daily Business Review (DBR) has a feature article on the lawsuit surrounding the singer’s canceled concert tour in Argentina.

Five Live Entertainment and promoter Diego Hernan De Iraola sued Daddy Yankee, his recording company, and his manager for breach of contract, defamation and injurious falsehood.  The jury found that Daddy Yankee, through his agent Edgar Baldiri, had published false and defamatory statements regarding Mr. De Iraola and Five Live Entertainment.  These statements negatively impacted Mr. De Iraola’s event production company.

The DBR article discusses the case and how the attorneys are now focused on the timing of the $6.4 million judgment.  To read the entire article, please look at today’s print version of the Daily Business Review to find Attorneys Peter Berlowe, Daniel Vielleville, and Andrew Riccio pictured on the top fold.  To view the article online, visit the link below (requires subscriber access).


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Jury Verdict is In – Latin Grammy Nominee “Daddy Yankee” Found Liable for Defamation

US District Court - Miami

Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, a/k/a “Daddy Yankee,” his record label, El Cartel Records Inc., his former booking agency company, Icaro Services Inc., and Icaro’s president Edgar Baldiri, were found liable for defamation and injurious falsehood in Miami federal district court.

After a three-week trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a jury returned a unanimous verdict finding Daddy Yankee and the other defendants had defamed the Plaintiffs, Mr. Diego De Iraola and his company Five Live Entertainment. The jury found that Daddy Yankee, through his agent Edgar Baldiri, had published false and defamatory statements regarding Mr. De Iraola and Five Live Entertainment following the cancellation of a ten-concert tour which Daddy Yankee was expected to perform in Argentina in 2010. The jury repeatedly found Mr. Baldiri’s allegations that Mr. de Iraola had ”swindled” others and engaged in “crimes” were false.

Mr. De Iraola is a founder and majority shareholder of Five Live Entertainment, an event production company based in Argentina. Prior to the failed tour in 2010, Five Live had produced two successful concerts for Daddy Yankee in 2009, as well as other concerts for well-known Latin American musical artists.

Mr. De Iraola issued the following statement: “The last three years have been extremely difficult.  I am so grateful to the men and women of the jury who have cleared my name, and I am excited to turn the page and resume my career in the industry I love.”

Miami Partners Peter E. Berlowe, Daniel E. Vielleville, and Associate Andrew S. Riccio of Assouline & Berlowe, P.A. represented Mr. de Iraola and Five Live Entertainment, together with Tomas Leonard, Eric Bloom and Meg Ciavarella, members of Winston & Strawn’s international arbitration practice.

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