*That wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2002 by Voletta Wallace, the mother of slain rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, against the LAPD has been dismissed by the court.
The rapper was shot dead in Los Angeles in 1997. His murder has never been solved, has been linked to the murder of rap rival Tupac Shakur, who was killed in September, 1996.
Mrs. Wallace blamed L.A. city officials and the LAPD for her son’s death and filed suit against the department. Her legal papers claimed Shakur’s label head, Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, had conspired with alleged gunman Amir Muhammad and LAPD officers Rafael Perez and David Mack to kill B.I.G., although no one has ever been charged with his murder.
The Wallace family initially won the case in March, 2006, when U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled in their favor and awarded them a $1.1 million judgment against the city’s authorities. The ruling was subsequently overturned two months later when it was revealed the Wallaces had held back information they had previously told the court they did not have access to.
The case returned to court earlier this year and, after a series of hearings, federal court Judge Jacqueline Nguyen dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice this week, ending the eight-year court battle, reports WENN.