Jay-Z Loses Lawsuit Over ‘Rockafella’ Name
Jay recently lost a lengthy court battle with 51-year-old celebrity chef Terry Miller over Miller’s “Rockafella” restaurant, which Jay felt infringed on his infamous Roc-A-Fella record label.
The lawsuit began in 2006, after Miller won $250,000 on cooking reality show ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ and named his restaurant after his specialty dish, the King Prawn Rockafella. In the suit, Jay claimed that the name of Miller’s restaurant mislead people into believing that it was associated with his record label.
However, the Newcastle, UK court ruled in favor of Miller, granting him the trademark and exclusive rights to use the name. A similar case came up in the U.K. in 2007, when Sean “Diddy” Combs was forbidden the use of his chosen nickname after losing a court case with Richard “Diddy” Dearborn, who held the rights to the name in the U.K.
In any event Jay-Z and Beyonce raked in a reported $122 million in 2009, so Hov can definitely brush the dirt off his diamond-encrusted shoulders.