News: Rick Ross & Freeway Rick Continue Court Battle, Meet Face To Face In Miami
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 11:18PM
Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross is reportedly back in court battling a copyright infringement case involving former drug kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross.
According to reports, the battle has taken place in Ross' hometown.
Rick Ross and "Freeway" Ricky Ross have appeared in a Miami court as the ongoing battle over the name continues. Freeway Rick claims that Ross is antagonizing him throughout the process. Freeway Rick filed suit against the rapper back in 2010 and has been battling for trademark rights ever since. (Hip Hop Blog)
Additional reporting claims Ross and Rick both met face-to-face.
Ross has been fighting a protracted court battle alleging trademark infringement by the rapper whose given name is William Leonard Roberts II, a onetime corrections officer. While giving a deposition last week in Miami, Ross said he came face to face with Roberts. The rapper sneered and "gave dirty looks," said Ross, though earlier, when Ross was in prison, they had phone conversations during which the overweight, bearded emcee showered him with respect. Their brief interaction last week was anything but respectful, Ross said. "[He] treated me as if I had done something to him," Ross said. "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. But now that he knows I'm not carrying it like that, he's a little more courageous right now." (Huffington Post)
The two have gone back and forth with their legal dispute over the past couple years.
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. (XXL Mag)
In 2010, Freeway spoke on Ross using his name as a rap alias.
"I just keep pushing, I don't really trip off of him using my name," Freeway said in an interview. "I don't really give it much thought. He was clever with what he did, he made himself a nice piece of money, fortune. I'm thankful that he didn't have to sell drugs. There's so many of us out here selling drugs and getting ourselves locked up at least he's in a position where all he does is rap about it. You know, you can't really knock him for that. You know, it is what it is. I had nightmares in prison about selling drugs. I'm a selling addict." (Urban Spin Online)