MC Hammer Must Pay Default Judgment
“U Can’t Touch This” may have been one of M.C. Hammer’s biggest hits but a judge doesn’t see it that he way as he was ordered to pay a default judgment.
Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, was trying to use the misspelling of his name on a lawsuit and summons as an excuse to get out of paying.
However, U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel found the 2003 judgment against Hammer binding although his name was spelled wrong on the documents and read “Berrell.”
According to the lawsuit, Hammer agreed to market technology being developed by PacketSwitch.com but Hammer insisted that he was never more than just a shareholder.
To make matters worse, the company closed before the technology launched and was later the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation for unethical business practices.
Hammer also claims that he had “virtually no dealings” with the company’s owners and was never
properly served notice because the lawsuit listed “MC Hammer a.k.a. Stanley Berrell” as the defendant.
The Oakland rap veteran also claimed that he didn’t understand the scope of the proceedings or that a default judgment had been entered against him on June 10, 2003.
However the judge saw otherwise and said that Hammer “obviously had the ability to consult with counsel if he had any questions as to his legal situation.”
The judgment however wasn’t disclosed.
Sounds like you got railroaded Hammer…