theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Rick Ross has returned to court blasting his arch-enemy 50 Cent in the 2 million dollar legal battle, with the rapper accusing 50 only filing the lawsuit as revenge — and is demanding the judge throw out the case.
Last year, 50 (aka Curtis Jackson) filed suit against Rick Ross (aka William Leonard Roberts II) – in his bankruptcy case – accusing him of illegally using his name and voice to promote his new album.
50 Cent explained he has used his stage name since early 1999 and was issued a trademark for the mark in connection with the entertainment industry in 2004. He said that his mark is famous and has been used to hawk everything from CD’s to merchandise and claims he has spent a substantial amount to promote his brand.
However, he claimed that Rick Ross began promoting and advertising his new album, Black Market” in November 2015 and released a mixtape online that illegally uses his hit song “In Da Club” and even listed the song as ‘featuring’ 50 Cent on the album.
50 accused Ross of using his name to drum up publicity for his new album, despite not having permission or paying him a dime to use “in Da Club”.
The rapper filed suit demanding in excess of $2 million dollars and an injunction against Rick Ross from continuing to distribute the infringing track.
Then on March 28th, Ross returned to court, explaining that 50 Cent’s lawsuit is nothing but an attempt at ‘pay back’ for being ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend, Lastonia Leviston, a total of $7 million dollars in the sex tape lawsuit.
Ross believes the rapper’s recent court filing in this case proves that he didn’t sue over the mixtape he released but rather as revenge.
He also blasts 50 Cent for suing when he doesn’t even own a copyright to “In Da Club” and therefore he can’t sue him for using the sample. The rapper’s mixtape was released for free to fans and he says he didn’t make a dime off it.
Ross is demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed and 50 not be awarded a dime from his complaint.