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Jay-Z Sues David Ortiz Over Club Name

Rap mogul files $5 million suit against slugger David Ortiz



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    Jay-Z has filed suit against Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

    Big Papi doesn’t have many fans in New York City, and just made one more enemy off the field.

    Yankee fan Jay-Z has filed a $5 million suit against David Ortiz, accusing the Boston Red Sox slugger of getting more than an empire state of mind after visiting the rap mogul’s swanky Manhattan nightclub, 40/40.

    Court papers filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court accuse Ortiz of visiting the Jay-Z-owned nightspot on two occasions then opening up a copycat club in his native Dominican Republic, the New York Daily News reported.

    "David Ortiz was at the club at least twice, and certainly knew of it," Jay-Z's lawyer, Peter Raymond told the News.

    As proof, the filings reportedly include photos of the designated hitter partying at Jay-Z’s club on W. 25th Street.

    Ortiz’s representatives did not return calls for comment by the News or The Associated Press.

    Besides the New York club, Jay-Z boasts other 40/40-branded hotspots in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Tokyo and Macau.

    The name is a reference to when a baseball player hits 40 home runs and steals 40 bases in a single season.