Ross v. William Leonard Roberts II, No. BC450511 (Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles).
It is reported that a lawsuit accusing rapper Rick Ross, his label and others of misappropriating the name and identity of former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross, has been dismissed based on an expired statute of limitations. The Judge ruled that the former drug trafficker's claims were barred by the two-year statute of limitations under California's single publication rule and the doctrine of laches. Per the Court, the rapper's first hit single received significant radio play beginning in 2005 and alerted plaintiff, who was in prison at the time, that his name was being used commercially.
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