A previously-dismissed wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles by the family of Notorious B.I.G. was reinstated Friday by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, according to reports.
Cooper initially threw out the lawsuit March 21 after the family missed a state deadline for bringing a claim against the city and two former police officers. The lawsuit was originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, then moved to federal court.
The family appealed, and the judge reversed her decision after finding federal claims in the case can proceed, according to court papers obtained Thursday by the Associated Press.
The family was given a 20-day deadline to file a new lawsuit and drop the state claims.
Two wrongful death lawsuits were filed against the city on behalf of the rapper's widow, mother and two children. The first lawsuit, filed in 2002, alleges wrongful death and civil rights violations. It ended in a mistrial in 2005. The case remains active, with the judge allowing the family to amend the lawsuit because of newly discovered evidence.
Cooper's recent ruling involved the secondary lawsuit, which contends that rogue police officers were behind the killing of Wallace and that the Police Department covered up their involvement.
B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down March 9, 1997, while leaving a party at a Los Angeles museum. The 24-year-old performer's killing remains unsolved.