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Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about

Mar 29, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT


From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department:

Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some acrimony between the two of them, and Jay-Z sued Big Papi for $5 million.  According to the New York Daily News, however, they’ve settled their differences over the matter:

The two were set to square off Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court over use of the name 40/40, but the conference was cancelled at the last minute, the hip-hop giant’s lawyer said.

“The case has been settled in principle,” said attorney Peter Raymond. “We have agreed on the outlines of a settlement and need to reduce it to writing.”

In other words, it’s safe to say that Jay-Z now only has 98 problems.

  1. The Common Man/ - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    …and A-Rod ain’t one.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    How dumb is Ortiz anyway? Call it “40/50” at least. Or “I can’t think of a damn name for my club” Club.

    • bobwsc - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      pretty dumb; he’s either flat-out ripping Jay-Z off, or he’s trying to imply he’s a 40 homer / 40 stolen base guy. while the former has happened, I don’t think he has 40 career stolen bases, let alone single season. Jose Canseco is probaby getting ready to sue them both.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      Or “I can’t think of a damn name for my club” Club

      Works for a bar in Hartford, CT called “Bar with No Name”

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        Or the head shop down the street from me, called “Dude, I forgot”

    • mcsnide - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      “Club To Be Named Later”

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    “In other words, it’s safe to say that Jay-Z now only has 98 problems.” That’s pure gold. Craig, you sir, are big pimpin’.

    • trevorb06 - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      That line officially made my day Craig. You, good sir, are a smart writer.

  4. bobwsc - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    jeezus, Jay-Z is looking like a Steve Erkel projection, 40 years from now.

    • lmno7 - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      Look at that picture of him again… and ask yourself…
      How is it possible that this dude is banging Beyonce?
      It just boggles the mind…

      But, I think it’s a safe bet that…. if he didn’t have half a billion dollars in the bank,
      she never would’ve looked at him twice…
      That’s a mug only a mother could love…

  5. pisano - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Does anyone really care about these two jerk-offs?

    • bobwsc - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Craig does apparently – must be a darker side to him

    • thhalejr - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      You must’ve cared. Your dumb ass took take out of your day to comment!!

      • pisano - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        thhalejr… Talk about dumb ass, have you ever thought about proof reading? While on the subject of dumb ass check with your mother for having you.

  6. tomemos - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    “we fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun”?

  7. waynefontes - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Wow, Jay-Z looks like Beetlejuice in that picture

    The Howard Stern version, not the Michael Keaton one.

    Wonder if Ortiz could bust a grape in a fruit fight without the juice….

  8. florida727 - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I wish a lawyer would weigh-in and comment on the legality of a “business” being named something in the USA and how it pertains to a similar business being named the same IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. Just because you come up with a catchy name in America, does that bar (no pun intended) someone in another country from using the same name? Is the DR governed by USA laws?

  9. macjacmccoy - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    yea I knew about this. Its years old. Something about copyright infringement and how Ortiz has no excuse of ignorance bc he was at Jayz club multiple times before he opened his club in the DR.

    And to Florida yes it does apply if your advertising your club to americans and causing market place confusion by leading people to believe it is related to Jayz clubs. Especially since Ortiz’ club is a s$%t hole and bc of that it revaules Jayz club by using the same name. There are international bussiness laws that protect companys for just these reasons.

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