Yankee fan Jay-Z sues Big Papi over club name

Rapper/Yankee fan Jay-Z is suing Red Sox part-time slugger David Ortiz after Big Papi named his Dominican nightclub Forty-Forty, which is the same name that the hip hop artist uses for his chain of nightclubs in the states.

From ESPN.com:

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a federal court in Manhattan, accuses Ortiz and his sister of naming their Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rapper’s name.

The suit seeks more than $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the name.

He promoted the sports bar and lounge by dropping references to it in rap hits like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” The pair subsequently opened up 40/40 clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and have licensed the name to operators in Tokyo and Macau.

I would say that this was a smart tactic by Jay-Z by attempting to get Big Papi distracted, but considering Ortiz is only hitting a buck fifty right now there’s really nothing to distract him from.


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