After a nearly eight year battle in court, a federal judge has dismissed the Wallace family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, over the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Earlier this month, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen reportedly dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice after attorney’s for Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, dropped their case.
It had been previously been dismissed after the Wallace family missed a deadline to file claims, but was reinstated in 2008 after they appealed the decision.
The wrongful death lawsuit claimed former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight conspired the assassination of Biggie (real name: Christopher Wallace) with Amir Muhammad, the alleged triggerman, and rogue LAPD officers Rafael Perez and David Mack.
The rapper was gunned down in March of 1997, after attending an after party during the Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles.
Biggie’s slaying came just six months after rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on the Las Vas Strip following a Mike Tyson fight. Both rap stars had been feuding.
The wrongful death suit made headway in March 2006, when U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled in favor of the Wallace family, awarding them a $1.1 million dollar judgment against the city. However, two months later, the judge reversed the judgment after discovering that the family had information they told the court they did not have access to.
After eight years in court, the Wallace family is walking away with nothing but an expensive legal bill.