Jay-Z Scores a Legal Victory

London court rules that restaurant name is too close for comfort to Roc-a-fella.

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From the Toronto Sun:

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has won the latest round in an ongoing legal battle over the name of a restaurant in England.

The rapper filed suit against celebrity chef Terry Miller five years ago over the name of his Rockafella restaurant in Newcastle, claiming the title would lead to confusion with his Roc-A-Fella Records music empire.

A judge ruled in Miller's favour and last year, he was granted the U.K. trademark for the restaurant and food-branding name Rockafella, while Jay-Z was ordered to pay the cook's legal costs.

But the 99 Problems hitmaker appealed the decision and was handed victory during a hearing in London on Monday.

This judge held the previous ruling was incorrect because Jay-Z's entertainment ventures were not entirely separate from the catering trade.

Good for Jay for defending his terrain, in the music world and beyond. Guess when he said, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business ... man," he really meant it.

Read more at the Toronto Sun.

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