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Rapper Rick Ross

Wins His Name in Court

3/29/2012 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Rapper Rick Ross can keep his name, thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge who shut down a bid from former drug dealer "Freeway" Rick Ross who tried to hoard the name.

"Freeway" Rick Ross had filed suit against the rapper, claiming ownership of the name.  In fact, the rapper has strongly intimated in his songs his name was inspired by the drug dude.

In the song "Hustlin" for example, Ross makes several references to large-scale drug dealing -- despite what Freeway says ... the rapper never dealt drugs in his life.

But the judge today ruled "Freeway" Rick has no case, and threw the lawsuit out.

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4:50 PM PDT -- "Freeway" Rick Ross tells TMZ he's pretty bummed out about the judge's decision ... saying, "I got hit in the stomach today ... I feel s**tty."

Ross adds ... "[Rick] had nine high profile attorneys and I had three volunteer non-high profile attorneys. I had no money to get the big name lawyers so I couldn’t go in there with a monster team like him."

He concludes, "The world knows the truth ... that [Rick] stole my identity and shame on him that he won’t give it back. I hope to appeal this because you shouldn’t be allowed to steal someone’s identity and get away with it."

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16.

Steinberg    

yeah um rick who?

903 days ago
17.

Wezzygirl    

Rick Ross just needed something that rhymed with boss... Sheesh He's not that smart.

902 days ago
18.

Jack Brown    

man the officer has that tendency of using peoples ideas for real son. Look at BMF "Big Meech Larry Hoover" and say no more. to me the court ruling was bought. **** the judge yo

902 days ago
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KILLACROSS    

#RT @meekmill ft @wale & @frenchmontana - actin up / They Stole, My Beat - KILLACROSS http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19589984
U still can hear my "KILLA" tagg at 3min 16 & at 3min 23

779 days ago
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b.o.b.hate    

everyone talks about rick ross being a c.o. but you heard it from 50 cent the SNITCH who had a restraining order on ja rule and irv gotti and freeway need a brick he doing bad now so what u did before don't mean **** cause u got caught dumb ass

736 days ago
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