Taylor Swift was recently sued by a musician named Jessie Braham, who claimed that “92%” of the lyrics in Swift’s mega hit “Shake It Off” were taken from his own song, “Haters Gone Hate.” True, both songs make reference to players, haters, and fakers, but today a California judge ruled against Braham, saying he didn’t have enough factual evidence to back up his suit. And that could have been the end of it. These types of suits happen all the time; it’s not exactly newsworthy. Except that that judge, Gail Standish, didn’t simply dismiss the case, she goddamn shook it off.
In her official dismissal for the case, Standish outed herself as a major Swift fan (and an empirically hilarious person) by dropping lyrics from “Shake It Off,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and “Blank Space.”
As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space—one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation … Braham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.
Here’s the actual, official dismissal.
Let’s celebrate this judge’s awesomeness Taylor Swift style: with awkward yet enthusiastic dancing.