Hov won the initial decision in April after sound engineer Chauncey Mahan filed a lawsuit claiming co-ownership of material from Jay Z’s Vol 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter album, including “Big Pimpin.” The case was first filed in July of 2014. Just as the district court ruled, the appeals court found that Mahan waited too long to pursue his copyright claims.
Mahan was also planning extortion against Jay Z earlier that year by preparing to sell what Hov thought were lost tapes. The recordings were worth an estimated $15 million and $20 million. Mahan was caught by the police before the tapes went to auction.