A California judge has dismissed the case against Lizzo regarding the writing credits and royalties of her hit song “Truth Hurts.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. District Court Dolly M. Gee dismissed a counter-lawsuit from brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen who claimed they deserved writing credits for “Truth Hurts.” The legal docs from Judge Gee said, “Without deciding who, in fact, authored the songs at issue, and without reviewing the songs’ recordings or lyrics, the Court can determine that Counter claimants allege that the parties collaborated on, and finalized, one song — Healthy — before Lizzo allegedly copied portions of that song to make Truth Hurts.”
Gee continued, “As a matter of law, therefore, even if Counterclaimants are co-authors of Healthy, they have not alleged any ownership interest in Truth Hurts, which they claim is a derivative work of Healthy.”
Lizzo sued the brothers in October 2019. In her suit, she asked that she get a declaration saying that the Raisen brothers were not songwriters for the song and therefore were not entitled to any profits. They countersued the Detroit native and said that “Truth Hurts” was just another version of a song titled “Healthy” that they had all wrote in 2017.
Lizzo denied their story, saying that the only lyric that is a product of their writing session is that ended up on “Truth Hurts” is: “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m a hundred percent that b–ch” — which was by songwriter Jesse Saint John Geller, who has received writing credit.