Freeway Ricky Ross’ lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross, over what the former drug kingpin claims is the unauthorized use of both his name and image, was dismissed on Thursday (March 29), reports TMZ.
Aan L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that Freeway Rick had no case, and threw the lawsuit out. The former Los Angeles drug kingpin confirmed the new via Twitter shortly after, but said it was thrown out on a “technicality.”
“They dismissed my case today on a procedure technicality. On a 5 8 technicality to be exact,” Freeway Ricky wrote (@FreewayRicky).
Despite the disappointing outcome, it was unclear if Freeway Ricky (real name: Ricky Donell Ross) is planning any further litigation against the rapper Rick Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts II). Stay tuned…
Freeway Ricky previously filed a lawsuit against the rapper, claiming he was using his name and past image for the launch of his rap career, and for profit, without his permission. He was seeking an order to regain the rights to his name, and sought unspecified damages as well.
His previous trademark infringement case against Rick Ross (rapper) was dismissed in late 2010, when a judge ruled that due to his moniker being associated with illegal activity, he had no rights to it. However, he vowed to appeal the decision at the local level, and believed he had a shot of winning.
Freeway Ricky ran a drug empire during the early-1980s, making more than $600 million in the process. However, his run came to an end, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the mid-1990s. Ross’ case was eventually appealed and he had his sentenced reduced to 20 years.
He was finally released from prison in September 2009. He’s since become a legitimate businessman, launching an online community, and is currently producing a movie about his life.