A New York Supreme Court judge issued an interim ruling today (Dec. 8) overturning a temporary restraining order sought by the former chief executive of iconic gangsta rap label Death Row Records.

Last month, Lara Lavi, a music lawyer who had been running Death Row for its parent company, Toronto-based Wideawake Entertainment Group Inc., sought the restraining order after alleging there was a power struggle for the company between herself and the business’ financial backers, New Solutions Group of Mississauga, Ontario.

A judge awarded the restraining order and ordered further hearings, and requested that Lavi put up a $2 million bond to support her claim of ownership.

Today, the judge overturned the restraining order, saying the ownership structure of the company is clear, and that Lavi does not have majority interest. The judge said Ronald Ovenden, chairman of New Solutions Group, has a controlling interest in the company that owns Death Row and that Lavi never posted the bond money.

“There is no dispute that defendant Ovenden is a named initial member of Deathrow in the company’s certificate of formation,” the judge said in her written ruling.

The judge says Lavi’s public statements, as well as e-mails from her to Death Row’s lawyer, indicate she controls 34% of the company.

New Solutions and Ovenden have a separate case against Lavi in Ontario court with a hearing scheduled for Thursday. That court had previously ruled that Ovenden had rightfully removed Lavi from her executive position at Wideawake-Deathrow in early November.

Tony Hilton, a lawyer representing Lavi in New York, says the judge's comments on the case do not impact his client's motion for a preliminary injunction, and that the ownership structure of Deathrow has not been established by the court.

"[The judge's] comments regarding membership interest did not state a ruling as to whether the defendants have a majority interest," he said in an e-mail to Billboard.biz. "Any such ruling requires first a full trial on the issues of fact. Only then can the court make its determination regarding interest division."

Wideawake said it will not comment on ongoing legal proceedings, while a spokeswoman for Lavi emphasized it was an interim ruling and the court would return to the case in coming days.

Wideawake Entertainment acquired Death Row in January for an estimated $18 million. The label has issued albums by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.