The fight over “Loca,” the hit song recorded by Shakira, has revived. After a U.S. District judge tossed out the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by indie publisher Mayimba Music against Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos in August, Mayimba on Tuesday hit back. According to a report by legal news site Law360, the company filed a motion to vacate the judgment saying the ruling was based on fabricated evidence.
According to a report by Reuters, Mayimba also said the attorney that represented it in the case has a “deteriorating” medical condition that didn't’ allow him to provide proper representation. Mayimba is now represented by Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin.
The firm, says Reuters’ report, also asked U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan to deny Sony’s request for $2.2 million in fees, alleging it would force the company into bankruptcy
Mayimba is most famously the publishing company of superstar Romeo Santos.
The “Loca” fracas dates back to 2012, when Mayimba filed suit claiming "Loca" was ripped off a song called “Loca con su Tiguere,” originally written by Ramon Arias Vasquez in the mid 1990s. The song was included in Shakira’s 2010 album, Sale el Sola.
In 2014, Judge Hellerstein—the same judge currently on the case-- determined Sony was liable for copyright infringement. But a few months later, he reversed his ruling, saying key evidence presented by Mayimba was fabricated. That seemed to be the end of the story. Until now. Stay tuned.