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Jay Z Participates In Deposition

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JAY-Z and his legal counsel Alex Spiro, photographed as they left the Securities and Exchange Commission offices in TriBeCa on Tuesday morning.


Mr. Sean Carter had just participated in a deposition related to his dealings with the Iconix Brand Group. While he did sell the rights to Rocawear to Iconix back in 2007, JAY-Z has never had a role in the company’s financial reporting actions as the SEC may claim. He is therefore not responsible for how Iconix had conducted their business since their deal—legally or not.

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In a previous statement, Spiro wrote that “We are aware that the SEC is seeking information on Iconix’s financial reporting. Mr. Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix’s other actions as a public company. Mr. Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter.” A Harvard Law School graduate, Spiro is a partner at the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan law firm.

In his time as a Manhattan prosecutor, among other cases, Spiro helped indict and convict Rodney Alcala, the “Dating Game” serial killer, and, convicted, at trial, serial murderer Travis Woods. In 2016 he was appointed as the lawyer for Bobby Shmurda. Alex’s practice area now focuses largely on “white collar” crime.

The high-priced lawyer is leading the Quinn Emanuel team working on Hov’s trademark fight against Iconix, who have been trying to claim ownership over Jay and Emory Jones’ Planes logo.

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