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    Snoop Puts Priority Suit in Order

    Snoop Dogg's money isn't weighing on his mind as much now. 

    The rapper and his former record label have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Snoop filed in 2006, alleging the company owed more than $2 million in unpaid royalties and advances. 

    Details of the arrangement were not disclosed, but Snoop's attorney, Joseph D. Scleimer, told reporters Wednesday they had indeed reached a settlement and "everyone's happy with the action." 

    He credited Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Helen I. Bendix with moving the process along by ordering Priority Records to hand over the accounting information that was sought by Snoop's legal camp. 

    Snoop sued Priority in November 2006, claiming he was owed a $950,000 advance promised him after he made 2000's Tha Last Meal, as well as an unspecified amount he was supposed to receive ahead of his 2005 greatest-hits compilation The Best of Snoop Dogg (which he said the label issued without his permission) and album royalties according to the contract he inked in 1998. 

    In its attempt to have the complaint dismissed, Priority maintained Snoop waited too long to file suit. 

    Interestingly, despite Schleimer's appreciative shout-out, Bendix didn't originally realize who the famous plaintiff was when she first heard the case in October because Snoop was referred to by his real name, Calvin Broadus, in the court documents.

    "Now I realize who we're talking about here," the judge said upon reviewing the info and connecting the dots. "I didn't recognize the nonprofessional name, so to speak."

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