Freeway Ricky Ross ordered to pay 500K for Rozay legal fees

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44wade 289 heat pts289
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Freeway Ricky Ross ordered to pay 500K for Rozay legal fees
 

 

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 EXCLUSIVE: Freeway Ricky Ross Ordered To Pay Rapper Rick Ross’ $500K Legal Bill | AllHipHop.com

The ongoing battle between Freeway Ricky Ross and rapper Rick Ross took a twist in court today (August 2), when a judged ruled that Freeway Ricky Ross must pay the rap star’s attorney fees and court costs, after losing a round in a battle for the rights to his own name and image.

Freeway Ricky Ross was in court today in front of Judge Rita Miller, who is presiding over trademark infringement case. Miller ruled that Freeway Ricky Ross must pay $500,000 in attorney fees and court costs on behalf of Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II

Lawyers for Freeway Ricky Ross unsuccessfully argued that each time Rick Ross mentioned the name in trade – in print, radio, or on the internet, that is was a re-usage of his name, which should have extended the statute of limitations.

Judge Miller upheld an earlier ruling, that stated that the statute of limitations of two years in regards to filing a complaint over the name had passed. In March of 2009, the lawsuit was dismissed from federal court.

“We believe that every time he goes on the radio he’s re-using my name, but the judge ruled that it’s one continuous use,” Freeway Ricky Ross explained to AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. “I believe that those are all re-uses of my name, separate and different from when he started to call himself Rick Ross. They were trying to get me to pay $1.3 million, but she [Judge Miller] knocked it down to $500k.

“It aint over and it aint never gonna be over until things get straight,” Freeway Ricky Ross promised AllHipHop.com. “I aint gonna stop, I am going to keep going until I get my name back and whatever else I got coming.”

It is important to note that today’s ruling was separate from*another case that Freeway Ricky Ross has pending against Warner Brothers, for promoting the rapper Rick Ross and his career.
In July, a judge ruled that Freeway Ricky Ross could bring a lawsuit against Warner Music Group, which has officially been filed, according to the reformed Los Angeles drug kingpin.

Freeway Ricky served over 20 years in prison for cocaine distribution, but his activities, which earned an estimated $600 million, reverberated to the highest levels of government in the United States, via the Iran-Contra scandal.

Freeway Ricky Ross’ story was also the subject of a series of groundbreaking articles titled “Dark Alliance” which were written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb, who was a writer for the San Jose Mercury News when the articles were published.

Gary Webb eventually committed suicide due to the fall-out over the subsequent press and investigations into his articles, which accused the CIA of being complicit in a conspiracy to introduce crack cocaine to the streets of Los Angeles, in order to fund a foreign war.
Freeway Ricky Ross took issue with Rick Ross’ testimony that his name “Rick Ross” was derived from a nickname he used when he was an All-American Football player at Carol City High School.

“He never even played for the team,” Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop.com. ” And for somebody to say they never heard of me erroneous. He’s supposed to be a connoisseur*of gangsterism and he never heard of Rick Ross? Come it’s crazy. I don’t know who he thinks I am, [but] he better check my rep, cause I aint gonna give up.”

Freeway Ricky Ross said that he is in the process of deposing a number of executives who were a.ssociated with Rick Ross, including Sean “Diddy” Combs and veteran executive Todd Moscowitz, who is currently President/CEO of Warner Brothers Records, which distributes Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group.


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180 comments for "Freeway Ricky Ross ordered to pay 500K for Rozay legal fees"

 5 years ago '11        #2
Norcal 78 heat pts78
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Freeway probably gonna take the hold off his goons and Suge now
 5 years ago '06        #3
jaycee 39 heat pts39
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....Things Finna Get Ugly Now
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Kid Cunner 400 heat pts400
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 08-02-2012, 05:00 PM         #6
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lls hahahahaha
 5 years ago '12        #7
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Damn.
 08-02-2012, 05:12 PM         #9
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Honestly, while Freeway Rick does have a point, what did he expect? Do you really think the US government cares if some rapper uses the name of a convicted drug dealer from the '70s? Let's look at this in the grand scheme of things. If the government knows that someone who is making 5-6 million dollars a year is being challenged in court on something, while it may mean everything to Freeway Rick, they're not going to rule in favor of the plaintiff.

Why would the US government rule against Ross, which would more or less be taking millions out of their own pocket (2-3 million a year from taxes). This is just a matter of dollars and sense, the US court system is not the place to go settle street credibility beefs. Now, if Ross ends up getting hurt behind this, what good does that do? Freeway Rick would be the first person hauled in for questioning and the Feds would be on the case that instant. It's much easier for them to let Ross' career run its course, rather than slap an injunction on him and k!ll their own golden goose.
 08-02-2012, 05:16 PM         #10
upandcumingband 
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stop posting stuff from this snitch though
 5 years ago '12        #11
44wade 289 heat pts289 OP
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500 and i just might agree.

Judge should of ordered Freeway to pick up 500K worth of GFID, get my dog that plaque.
 08-02-2012, 05:23 PM         #12
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Freeway aint got 500k lol

I have a feeling someone gonna end up catchin a body....Rozay need to stay outta Cali and Detroit, i know a lot of people mad as fu*k

Mo Money Mo Problems...as Biggy once said
 5 years ago '10        #13
kiddrocay 27 heat pts27
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uh oh... somebody bout to end up in icu
 5 years ago '11        #14
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oh no......
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oooh shiiiiit.........
 08-02-2012, 05:35 PM         #16
Graftedgenes 
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This guy Ross been on a serious losing streak every since Fiddy ended his career.

When is this guy gonna catch a Win?
 5 years ago '07        #17
cankstoochie 48 heat pts48
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sh*t. just. got. real.
 08-02-2012, 05:36 PM         #18
keysersoze0 
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Freeway took an L
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marcusaka50 58 heat pts58
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rozzzaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!
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Scoop24 15 heat pts15
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lmao dude aint got no $500k he might have to bring them thangs out.
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