Judge throws out Kanye West’s lawsuit against Australian restaurant owner who used Ye’s ‘The College Dropout’ album as inspiration for his designs, menu and more

by Kanye West the lawsuit against an Aussie burger was dismissed.

Mark Elkhouri, the owner of College Dropout Burgers, was sent a cease and desist letter in June 2022 for naming his Melbourne restaurant after the hip-hop legend’s debut album, ‘The College Dropout’.

Ye attends the Kenzo Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stéphane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Aussie restaurateur, who is also a huge West fan, was forced to rename his burgers based on certain song titles from the 2004 album.

He was also ordered to cover up a mural of the American rapper and remove his crowned teddy bear logo, which mimicked artwork from West’s Grammy-winning project.

Although Elkhouri complied, West sued him and his restaurant in October.

West claimed he never gave the businessman permission to use the name and accused Elkhouri of taking advantage of his brand.

However, since the lawsuit was filed, the “Gold Digger” rapper and his attorneys have showed more interest to move forward with the indictment.

In addition to ignoring the case in Federal Court on Friday, West and his attorneys also breached three legal obligations and did not acknowledge receipt of a notification letter sent Tuesday, prompting Elkhouri’s attorneys to request dismissal of the case.

According to the Australian exit 9news.com.au, Judge Shawn McElwaine said West had shown “no measure” in wanting to pursue the prosecution.

“One would have thought that if he was looking to preserve his claims and pursue the above, he might have thought it necessary to appoint counsel to appear before me today. He didn’t,” McElwaine said.

The publication also said Elkhouri’s lawyers had suggested West pay their fees, but the Melbourne owner said he did not expect West to do so.

So what does the future of Elkhouri’s business look like? Well, he noted that he was considering finally changing the name of his establishment.

“Now that I’m not bullied into doing anything about it, maybe I could change the name, but if I do it’s on my terms,” ​​9news.com.au reported.

Despite his negative interaction with West, Elkhouri says he is still a fan of him and respects the impact West has had on his life.

As for Ye, the musician has not yet discussed any information related to the case.

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