Kesha vs. Dr. Luke: The Singer's Case Against Sony Is Dismissed Because of Statutes of Limitations, Hate-Crime Laws, and Venue

April 7, 2016 12:22 PM

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Kesha vs. Dr. Luke: The Singer's Case Against Sony Is Dismissed Because of Statutes of Limitations, Hate-Crime Laws, and Venue

A few different laws might have been violated by these acts, but “whether the statute of limitations is … 5 years, 3 years or 1 year, it expired at the latest in 2013,” Kornreich wrote. Kesha’s side had cited a New York City ordinance saying that the statute of limitations on gender-motivated crimes was actually seven years, with a chance to extend the time period if the victim was so incapacitated by the violence that they couldn’t file a complaint within those seven years—a provision that kicked in, Kesha said, because of her having to go to rehab. Gottwald’s side said the longer statute of limitations was invalid because it conflicted with other laws. Kornreich declined to take a side on that issue, “as there are other reasons to dismiss the claim.”

One of those reasons include the very definition of “hate crime”: Kornreich did not see any evidence for Kesha’s claim that Gottwald committed any. Kesha’s filings “do not allege that Gottwald harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward K...

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