A federal judge in Chicago Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga that alleged the singer’s 2011 hit "Judas" from her Born This Way album plagiarized elements from musician Rebecca Francescatti’s 1999 tune “Juda,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen wrote, “Simply listening to the songs, as the law requires, reveals their utter lack of similarity.”
Aspen ruled that “the differences so outweigh the purported similarities between the melodies that they cannot be said to be even remotely similar.”
Aspen wrote, “We agree with Defendants that the songs do not have common lyrics, the themes are different, and they do not sound at all alike musically.”
Christopher Niro, an attorney for Francescatti, said in an email to the Tribune that his client was disappointed by the judge’s ruling.
According to the Tribune, Francescatti and Lady Gaga both worked with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who helped pitch ideas to Gaga. Francescatti filed the lawsuit against Gaga in 2011 and also sued Gaynor.
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