Snoop Dogg, Priority may mediate suit

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Snoop Dogg and Priority Records will consider mediation to settle a lawsuit brought by the rapper alleging breach of contract, attorneys for both sides said Monday.

Snoop Dogg sued the company on Nov. 22, 2006, claiming it owed him $2 million in fees. Priority Records has maintained the lawsuit should be barred because the artist waited too long to file it.

Dogg's lawyer, Kenneth D. Freundlich, said in court that mediation was a good alternative to a trial, but that he must first get Dogg's approval. The rapper is touring overseas.

Freundlich also indicated that Dogg is willing to give a deposition to the company's attorneys.

"We're totally willing to make him available," Freundlich said during a brief court hearing.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hess ordered both sides to return to court Aug. 27 for an update. If mediation fails, a trial could be scheduled.
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