Since April, 50 Cent has been in a legal battle with Sleek Audio, a company that claimed 50 stole their product design and confidential private client information and used the info to help SMS Audio take off. 50 Cent was originally ordered to pay $16 million in damages and lawyer fees but took the case to court to try and have the ruling thrown out. According to the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc said 50 and his attorneys offered no good reason to throw out the arbitrator’s decision that the G-Unit frontman stole secrets from Sleek Audio to create his own line of headphones. 50 Cent will now have to pay the $16 million in full to Sleek Audio.
About Sleek Audio
Sleek Audio was started by Mark and Jason Krywko, father and son respectively. It began when Mark found himself dissatisfied with the sound signature of the dozens of different earphones he had tried over the years, so as a 30 year veteran of the audio and custom hearing aid industries, he decided to build his own.
What started as a fun project turned into a three year endeavor developing a product with his son that would revolutionize the audio industry; the SA6 acoustically customizable, Wireless Hybrid earphone.
Mark and Jason took their extensive experience in the audio industry and vast knowledge of the ear to create a new ideology in personal audio. Rather than focus on adding multiple, larger speakers to earphones, Jason and Mark went back to the starting point. They focused on the acoustics of the ear canal and how best to get sound from a music player to the listener’s ear in a form recording artists intended. They also changed what wireless earphones could be with the Wireless Hybrid system. With Sleek products, you’re no longer confined to the cables, nor limited by the battery life of wireless earphones.