"Freeway" Ricky Ross Slaps Fake Rick Ross with a New Lawsuit
But Miami rapper Rick Ross might be blowing money fast in court, not in the club, soon if he keeps calling himself the moniker he adopted from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the Los Angeles former drug dealer believed to have first introduced cocaine into the United States.
The $10 million trademark infringement case the real Ross first filed in June of 2010, which named not only the rapper, but also Jay-Z, Def Jam, and Universal Music Group, was thrown out by a Southern California court:
"In support of his trademark claims, Plaintiff alleges that his name was well known in the drug trade and by law enforcement segments of the urban crime, rap and black comity because he did business as Rick Ross, until he was arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated in federal prison. Because this illegal activity cannot be used to establish secondary meaning, such allegations do not provide support for Plaintiff having a valid trademark for his name."
On May 2, he's taking his case to the state, not federal, level. And he's threatening to also sue Warner Music Group, who recently partnered with Ross' Maybach Music Group.
"I'll slap a lawsuit on them as well," Ross said. "They better not put my name on his product or I'ma be after them, too. I ain't scared of none of them. He's teaching my old life. I'm teaching uplifting values, education, literacy. He's teaching illiteracy."
Shots fired. Again.