Rick Ross and Freeway Rick Fight For Rights To Name In Court

Mayback Music’s Rick Ross and drug lord Freeway Rick appeared in court last week to dispute over the rights of the name “Rick Ross,” reports AllHipHop.com. Both men gave depositions in a Miami court to continue an ongoing battle for the trademark of the famous moniker.

In May of 2010, Freeway Rick Ross filed a $10 million lawsuit against Rick Ross accusing him of profiting off of his name illegally.  As a result, the judge ruled that he couldn’t sue because his criminal acts in the past had destroyed “any possibility that he has any valid trademark rights in his name, that have been violated by defendants.” The case was dismissed in Federal Court in November of 2010.

Freeway Rick appealed the decision in a state court and the case is now ongoing. In an interview with The Huffington Post last week, Freeway Rick says, “[He] treated me as if I had done something to him.” He claims that the rapper Rick Ross shot dirty looks his way when they saw each other in person. Freeway goes on to say, “When he first came to me, he didn’t know what position I was going to take, if I was going to send a word out to those young cats out in L.A. or not. That put a little fear in his heart.

“Now that he knows I’m not carrying it like that, he’s a little more courageous right now,” he added. “[He] has my name tattooed on his hand.” —Chanel Clark

  • jr88

    smh ross should be asshamed of himself….any real dude would hate a fake dude stealing his name…smh…thats why he didnt sue earlier because he saw no problem but after he was exposed he couldnt stand for it

  • G

    Just like he(or Warner) pays Diamler AG a liscensing fee for the Maybach name, he should have to pay Freeway Ricky something.

  • http://xxlmag.com Live1ne

    This fat motherfucker got the nerve to argue in court over the use of another person’s name? Really? This is y I don’t ever wanna hear real nigga and him in the same sentence. Freeway Rick should send the REAL niggas at his fabricated punk police ass. If Rozay was a real nigga he wouldn’t have even used another nigga’s name in the 1st place but since he did he should have no problem giving Freeway Rick like 5% off his gross revenue for example. Rozay should thank whoever he pray 2 that Freeway Rick ain’t got his bitch ass killed behind this shit cuz he should. How u gon be a fake gangsta and hop out there with the real gangsta plus this is the nigga u idolize and impersonate? This shit is laughable.

  • snick187

    Noreaga, Capone, Nas Escobar, Irv Gotti, 50 Cent, Don Cartegena (fat joe), Shyne Po, AZ, Freeway, Daz Dillinger Thats just a few. This shit happens all the time. Thats the game. Its a part of the culture now. I think rapper Ross should of hit off the Real rick ross just out of love but don’t act like he the first nigga to take somebody name.

    • flaco

      shut up bitch he took the whole name,who are you

    • $nake

      For real. Stfu with that nonsense snick

    • mistah wyles

      i mean yeah but they all were actually on the street i mean they weren’t cops so that disproves your point entirely

    • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

      Snick
      Its one thing to take some real gangstas name, but to take his real name, whole name and impersonate him, thats a whole different story. Dude is a fuckin fraud people need to realize it.

  • theman

    THE FUNNY THING IS WILLIAM THOUGHT HE WAS LOCKED UP FOR LIFE SO HE NOT ONLY TOOK HIS NAME HE MADE HIMSELF LOOK LIKE HIM AND TOOK HIS PAST AS A MASSIVE DRUG TRAFFICKER AND THEN DENIED IT
    HIS FANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES THEY ALWAYS TRY AND BRING UP OTHER RAPPERS AND COMPARE BUT YOU CANT BECAUSE NO ONE HAS COME CLOSE TO DOING WHAT HIS DONE THE BIGGEST FRAUD EVER

  • theman

    As a result, the judge ruled that he couldn’t sue because his criminal acts in the past

    funny how william never talks about his real life and whats going on he always trys to hide it and never talks about it

  • Mr. International

    This is a free country. As adults, you can legally change you name to anything. I have never heard rapper Rick Ross talk as if thought he was Freeway Ricky Ross. Many of us have the same history and stories. While I do think that rapper Rick Ross should give Freeway Ricky some stacks in a paper bag, to think that he has become successful because of him choosing the name “Rick Ross” is stupid.

    Rapper Rick Ross is successful because he knows how to choose beats (Justice League, etc.), read contracts (owning his masters), develop talent (MMG) and flow over tracks.

    I do not care what he did in his past life… he is clearly an entertaining artist with hits and that should be celebrated. Everything else is irrelevant, especially some washed up criminal who after selling drugs and destroying lives, has been a failure (= getting caught and spending years in prision), wants to try to extort money via the civil justice system.

    Come on son.

    • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

      I dont know what is more ignorant this fake ass rapper or the people who stick up for him with their stupid excuses.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQCtw2gG2Pg Bizzy

    Maybach***

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Om Sag

    Co-sign Mr International ….jailbird rickross should be greatful that his name was kept alive on the outside while he was in bcoz no 1 cares about him after what he did to millions of people through his drugs…

    • Afi K. James

      At Least the fake ross is giving millions to charity.

  • Dud

    fakest nigga on earth
    CB4 GUSTO ASS NIGGA WILLIAMS ROBERTS

    • Afi K. James

      Vanilla Ice is even worse.

  • http://DAMNIT.COM SIPPIBOY662

    I got a problem with all of the negative comments about Rick Ross or William or Rozay or what ever you want to call him. The main problems is you internet gangstas who are living on your moms couch or in her basement needs to be smart enough to know that all of these rappers are living stories that 85% of them have never lived and never will. Rozay may have taken Ricks Ross’s life story and his name which I think is wrong but how many other rappers have done that a lot so why crucify him like he is the only person that has ever done it ? Anyways stop all of this dumb stuff about being real or fake because if any of the rappers do the stuff they say they did and got got all of you guys would talk about them anyways for being stupid and trying to live the life they are rapping.

  • dru

    lol. u are all idiots.

  • rICH RIV

    Yo nas really did not straight steal any name rather exposing the shit he was on at the time.Az has a song about all 3 az that has had a influence on him. These two are the top 5 dead or alive,so please do not put any other hip hop artist in comparison that is a insult. That prison guard is a gimic shraight up and down<all around his fat arse

  • ……..

    William Roberts should get an Academy Award for Actor of the Year. This. Guy. Can. Act!!!