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TODAY'S MOST...Interesting court case: A man won $1.5 million dollars in court because he wasn't able to open a bar named "Buck Foston's Road House."

Lawrence Blatterfein is a big-time New York Yankees fan, wanted to open the sports bar in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 2011. He wanted to name it  and name it "Buck Foston's" to play on the rivalry between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

The city of New Brunswick wouldn't let him get a liquor license, and therefore he couldn't open the bar. Blatterfein sued in federal court, and blamed New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill. Cahill is a big Red Sox fan, and Blatterfein said the mayor influenced others to vote against allowing the liquor license to go forward. Blatterfein claimed Cahill felt the proposed name of the bar was "vulgar."

Cahill testified at the trial. He claimed the name the liquor license was rejected because of the location of the property, not because of the name.

The jury ultimately disagreed.

Blatterfein told the Star-Ledger “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 no longer lives in New Brunswick, but says he hopes to open a new place with the "buck Foston's" theme somewhere else.

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