N.J. Club Owner Wins Lawsuit Over Opening Bar Called ‘Buck Foston’

The New York Yankees logo is painted on the field before an exhibition baseball game between the Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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In a victory for guys in Ed Hardy shirts everywhere, a New Jersey club owner won a $1.5 million verdict against the city of New Brunswick after officials there opposed the opening of an establishment called “Buck Foston’s Road House.”

In 2011, New Brunswick officials refused to grant Lawrence Blatterfein a liquor license for the bar not because of the name but because of the heavy traffic in the area, the officials told NJ.com. Blatterfein a Yankees fan, filed suit against Mayor James Cahill, “an avowed Boston Red Sox fan , who he said orchestrated the liquor license rejection by the city council because he believed the name was ‘vulgar,’ and ‘didn’t belong in New Brunswick.’

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"This has been a long, grueling and expensive process to have my day in court and tell my story, but I remained confident that one day a jury, presented with the same evidence I saw, would agree that my rights were unconstitutionally infringed" Blatterfein said.

Despite the victory, the bar won’t be built in the proposed location because Blatterfein has since moved to Florida. He told NJ.com he intends to renew his efforts to open a bar with the Buck Foston’s name elsewhere.