October 11, 2016


Ed Sheeran Tries to Toss Out Long-Ass Lawsuit

Ariel LeBeau
Ariel LeBeau

Remember that lawsuit filed against Ed Sheeran that claims he stole his song "Photograph"? Apparently it's 44 pages long, and that's exactly why Sheeran's lawyer is trying to get it thrown out.

In June, news broke that songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard were suing Sheeran for ripping off their 2009 track "Amazing," which was performed by 2010's X Factor winner Matt Cardle. (Cardle, in fact, wants nothing to do with the lawsuit.) Harrington and Leonard hired Richard Busch, the attorney that collected $5.3 million for the Marvin Gaye estate in the infamous "Blurred Lines" case. Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, who has a songwriting credit for "Photograph," is one of the 11 co-defendants.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheeran & Co.'s motion to the California federal judge calls out the "breathtakingly long paragraphs" in the lawsuit, which goes against the rule that statements should be concise.

"Defying the most fundamental pleading requirement of providing short, concise and plain statements, the First Amended Complaint consists of 44 sprawling pages of prolix, repetitive, argumentative and scandalous allegations, made mostly on 'information and belief.' It makes sweeping, generalized allegations — in 156 paragraphs, some of which go on for pages and contain upwards of 25 or 30 different sentences — against eleven distinct Defendants."

They also call for more clarification in the lawsuit:

"Each Defendant is entitled to have allegations that are directed at it or him. Simply lumping Defendants together is not proper."

Check out our interview with Ed Sheeran below: