Rick Ross Wins Multimillion Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Rick Ross Wins Multimillion Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Published November 5, 2010

Rick Ross continues to win!

A judge recently dismissed a $10 million trademark infringement lawsuit against the rapper. Back in May, former drug kingpin, "Freeway" Rick Ross filed the suit against Ross (born William Leonard Roberts), Def Jam and Universal Music Group, charging that they were illegally profiting from his name. Jay-Z was also named in the suit because he was president of Def Jam Records at the time of Ross' signing.

Filed in United States District Court for Southern California, the suit accused the rapper of infringing on Ross' intellectual properties by using the moniker to promote his music.

The suit argued that "Freeway" Ricky Ross' real name had "secondary meaning" and had monetary value due to its use in magazines, TV specials and movies. The basis of the suit is actually what got the case dismissed.

According to court documents, "plaintiff has alleged facts and made arguments that destroy any possibility that he has any valid trademark rights in his name, that have been violated by defendants."

Written by <P>By Carl Chery, BET.com Staff</P>

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