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Jay-Z v. David Ortiz: "Big Pimpin" Sues "Big Papi" for $5 Million Over Nightclub Name

Jay-Z and David Ortiz (AP Photo, file)
Jay-Z and David Ortiz (AP Photo, file)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) It's "Big Pimpin" versus "Big Papi."

Rap superstar Jay-Z is suing Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz for naming his Dominican nightclub after his chain of "40/40" clubs.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court, accuses Ortiz of naming his Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rapper's fame.


The suit seeks over $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the 40/40 name.

Jay-Z's string of bars can be found in Manhattan, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

"David Ortiz is fully aware of Plaintiff's Manhattan 40/40 club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions before he opened his Infringing Forty/Forty club," the lawsuit states.

The clubs are named after the feat of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season, something Ortiz hasn't done.