*One-time drug kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross on Friday (June 18) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross in California, reports Allhiphop.com.
Jay-Z, who signed Rick Ross to Island Def Jam in 2006 while he was the label’s president, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with Maybach Music Group, Slip-N-Slide Records and UMG Recordings.
The lawsuit accuses Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, of stealing Freeway Ricky’s name, image and likeness to create a successful rap career.
The former Los Angeles drug dealer earned millions during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1996, he was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to purchase 100 kilos of cocaine from an undercover agent. The sentenced was reduced in 2005 and in May of 2009, he was released from a Texarkana, Texas state prison.
On Friday, Freeway Ricky’s lawyers filed paperwork seeking a temporary restraining order for preliminary and permanent injunction relief, to officially block the release of Ross’ upcoming album “Teflon Don.”