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Jay-Z hits David Ortiz with lawsuit over nightclub name

Music mogul Jay-Z has accused Red Sox slugger David Ortiz of foul play, suing the athlete for allegedly stealing his "40/40" club name.

The Brooklyn-born rapper and Yankee fan, 40, whose real name is Sean Carter, sued Ortiz on Thursday for naming a Dominican Republic nightclub Forty Forty, which Jay-Z and his business partner say is too close to their chain of 40/40 Club sports lounges, according to published reports.

Ortiz's club and Web site have caused “marketplace confusion and damage,” states the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court. The baseball star, 34, visited Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Chelsea several times before opening his own “infringing” club, the suit says.

In baseball terms, 40/40 refers to the feat of stealing 40 bases and hitting 40 home runs in one season.

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