If you haven’t heard Jay-Z’s new New York anthem “Empire State of Mind,” well, who moved the rock?
If you have, you know some of the song is devoted to Hova’s Yankee fandom, and the rapper says he “bleeds blue.” Apparently that Yankee love is as hardcore as Jigga says, because he’s suing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for infringing on his 40/40 Club’s name. Rolling Stone describes the action:
“[Jay-Z and Perez] have accused Ortiz of trading on the fame, value and goodwill of their name through his club Forty/Forty and its website, www.fortyforty.net, which they say has caused their business ‘marketplace confusion and damage,” reads the lawsuit. Jay-Z’s suit goes on to argue that the shared name isn’t accidental, as Ortiz “has been a patron [at the 40/40 Club] on several occasions long before he opened his infringing Forty/Forty Club.”
Ortiz named his club in the Dominican Republic a remarkably similar “Forty-Forty.” It is unclear weather Jay-Z is seeking compensation, a name change or something else.
“And that all blue Yankee is my graduation cap!”