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'Dirty Jobs' Star Mike Rowe

Victorious in Same-Name Lawsuit

3/18/2012 5:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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When it comes to a fight between Mike Rowe and Mike Rowe -- Mike Rowe ALWAYS wins.

TMZ broke the story ... a non-famous man named Mike Rowe (right) -- formerly incarcerated in a South Dakota prison -- filed a lawsuit against THE Mike Rowe from "Dirty Jobs" ... claiming Rowe's use of the name on TV made him the laughing stock of the prison system.

In the lawsuit, Rowe (ex-prisoner) bellyached that his life behind bars had become a living hell because of his name -- insisting, "I can't live here in prison without being called Dirty Jobs or ... Dirtiest Man."

Ex-prisoner Rowe -- who was serving time for a DUI bust -- also claimed he had copyrighted his name to protect it ... and TV Rowe violated it.

But a judge didn't buy Rowe's case -- shocker -- tossing the non-famous Mike Rowe's lawsuit out of court ... because you can't copyright your name.

Congrats Mike Rowe ... and also sorry Mike Rowe.

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duh    

He's mad because of all the dirty "jobs" he had to do in prison.

865 days ago
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TMZ_Admin    

When it comes to Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe has nothing on Harvey.

865 days ago
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mike    

The ex con is Dirtiest Man from the look at his pic.

865 days ago
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Cheetara    

I like Mike. Very charismatic. Not stuck up arrogant.

865 days ago
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Liz    

OK, but what about the (joking) lawsuit Mike Rowe said he would file against his parents for choosing the same name for him as the prisoner????

865 days ago
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Seldombinlaid    

Usually if you just laugh something off, or join in the fun yourself it takes the wind out of tormentors sails. The man takes himself to serious. That's why he was a target.

865 days ago
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Canadasux    

The T.V. Mike Rowe ought to turn around and sue the incarcerated Mike Rowe for using HIS NAME while being a jailbird and a dirtbag! LOL!

865 days ago
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pete    

so the douche loses. ok, but if you can't copyright your name, you can trademark it? if i remember right, Billy Joel does this.

865 days ago
9.

jb    

if you dont want to be called dirty wash your ass and shave a little... thats it

864 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Actually, looking at his booking picture...his name is Michael Rowe. Case closed.

864 days ago
11.

Dr.Conrad Murray    

You should see what they call ME.


Regards
Dr.Robert Conrad Murray.

864 days ago
12.

gutsygirl    

Anxious to hear what the babylicious Mike Rowe has to say.

864 days ago
13.

thestupid    

Mike Rowe is the most awesome dude on the freakin' planet!!! Dirty Jobs is an amazing show too.

864 days ago
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ARARLE NORIMAKI    

GOOGLE mike rowe QVC on youtube that funny.

864 days ago
15.

Northerner    

stop your crying you little biotch!
dont go away mad, just go away

864 days ago
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