The 3LW hit includes the lyrics, "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate".
In "Playas Gon' Play", the R&B trio sang, "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate".
Fitzgerald looked at the lyrics of both songs as he analysed the case, and had to decide whether or not there was enough similarity between the two tunes' protectable lyrics.
Taylor Swift can shake off one nettlesome legal entanglement.
The phrase "haters gonna hate" is too "banal" to be copyrighted, a United States judge has declared. The plaintiffs' arguments against Swift's request to dismiss the case were "very clunky", he said. At the time, a rep for the superstar said the complaint was nothing more than a ridiculous money grab.
"The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal", Fitzgerald wrote. "As discussed above, players, haters, and player haters had received substantial pop culture attention prior to 2001", the order reads. In 2015, R&B artist Jesse Graham issued a $42m lawsuit against Swift, claiming that her single stole the lyrics from his 2013 song Haters Gone Hate.