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Warren G. Sues Garth Brooks

October 21, 1997 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Warren G. wants to regulate who uses the letter ``g.″

The rapper, whose real name is Warren Griffin III, has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against country star Garth Brooks over the use of a stylized, lower-case ``g.″

He claims Brooks used the symbol during his latest tour. The problem, the rapper said, is that he has used a similar ``g″ for years on his merchandise and album covers.

``It’s almost exactly the same,″ David Cordrey, an attorney for Warren G., said Monday. ``It dilutes the value of the trademark.″

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Fans of the rapper, whose hits include ``I Shot the Sheriff″ and ``Regulate,″ might mistakenly purchase merchandise bearing the Brooks ``g″ and vice versa, Cordrey said. The suit filed Friday in federal court seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring Brooks from using the logo.

Russell Jones, a lawyer for Brooks, said the claim is ``without merit.″

The rapper’s trademark is ``a stencil `g’ with the words `funk music’ on it,″ Jones said. ``Mr. Brooks’ is a `g’ with a circle around it and no other words.″