Jay-Z sues over nightclub name
Published 16/04/2010 | 12:37
Jay-Z and a business partner are suing baseball player David Ortiz, claiming he named his Dominican nightclub after the mogul's chain of 40/40 clubs.
The lawsuit filed on Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court accuses the Boston Red Sox star of naming his Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rap star's fame.
The suit seeks over five million dollars in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the 40/40 name.
Jay-Z's string of bars can be found in Manhattan, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
"David Ortiz is fully aware of Plaintiff's Manhattan 40/40 club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions before he opened his Infringing Forty/Forty club," the lawsuit states.
The clubs are named after the feat of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.
A message seeking comment was left on Thursday night with SFX Baseball, the agency that represents Ortiz.