Manatt’s Robert Jacobs, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media litigation practice, was quoted by the Daily Journal for an article on the settlement between Kanye West and Lloyd’s of London.
The lawsuit, as noted by the publication, was over the insurer’s refusal to cover losses from a slate of shows that West cancelled due to an alleged mental breakdown. West cancelled 21 shows on his “Saint Pablo Tour,” and Lloyd’s refused to pay the artist’s reimbursement claim.
Jacobs explained that a trial would almost certainly require a deep dive into West’s mental health history and alleged drug use—an issue both parties were sensitive to, given the nondisclosure agreement in the case—and West likely would have found the matter personally invasive.
“To me, this seems like a settlement that made a lot of business sense for both sides,” said Jacobs.