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As human beings who don’t write professionally have gained the ability to communicate in print to a large number of people via the Internet, legal experts have watched closely to see how the libel laws might change. Until recently, however, not a single case involving libel and Twitter had gone to trial. Luckily, Courtney Love changed that earlier this month.
Three years ago, Sean Kingston, his bodyguard and a member of his band were accused of rape after having sex with a concertgoer in a Seattle hotel room. Police rushed to the scene, and the girl headed to the hospital. After interviewing everyone involved, however, the alleged victim wasn’t deemed credible enough for the case to move forward. She’s now twenty-two, and without any other options, she’s decided to take her case to civil court.
When you go to a concert, you don't expect to get herpes. Well, maybe some people consider it a possibility, but anyone who's just there for the music (and cosmetic samples) probably doesn't. And yet, one woman is now suing MAC Cosmetics because she believes they gave her mouth herpes through a contaminated lipstick sample at a Rihanna concert.
Paris Hilton’s reputation might hinge mostly on her personal life drama, but she’s actually an extremely successful businesswoman. Before anyone had even heard of Kim Kardashian, she turned a sex tape into a lucrative career based simply on being famous. From endorsements to appearances, she’s raked in millions of dollars absent the Hilton Family money, and this dropped lawsuit is pretty good evidence of that business savvy.
Not every winnable battle is worth fighting. Sometimes the smartest thing a person can do is cede the right of way on issues that really aren’t important. As a sensible woman, Judge Judy understands that, and she proved it this morning by calmly backing away from a proposed lawsuit over fine china.
Longtime Judge Judy producer Randy Douthit and his wife didn’t end their marriage on the best terms. In fact, they’ve been fighting it out in court over finances ever since, and now, thanks to some luxurious Christofle tableware, Judy Judy herself has now been dragged into the mess as the defendant in a lawsuit.
More than fifty years ago, South Carolina born singer Chubby Checker covered Hank Ballard’s song “The Twist” and turned it into one of the biggest radio singles in history. He had a nice run for a few years after that in the early 1960s, but since then, he’s largely disappeared from the public consciousness save the occasional bit of radio airplay, television appearance or in this case, hysterical lawsuit.
There are celebrities out there who will settle with disgruntled former employees in order to make their complaints go away. Let the record show Lady Gaga is not one of them. Court records from a lawsuit the pop star’s former assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, filed have been made public, and if the mother monster’s deposition is any indication, she will spend a decade in court before she pays the “unqualified” “fucking hood rat” a single dime she didn’t earn.
Hulk Hogan is racking up the attorneys fees, brother. He’s been in and out of court for months thanks to his one hundred million dollar lawsuit against Gawker for posting a portion of his sex tape online, and now, he’s asking his attorneys to run wild all over the Laser Spine Institute in Florida for allegedly doing all kinds of damage to his already frail back.
Magic Johnson’s attorneys gave a Los Angeles judge two big reasons why their client shouldn’t be held financially responsible for flight attendant Lanita Thomas’ wrongfully termination. First, the NBA legend doesn’t think she was wrongfully terminated at all. In her lawsuit, she claimed she was fired because she got old, but if the basketball analyst is to be believed, she got canned because she flat out sucked at her job.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta cast member Sheree Whitfield has lost a prolonged legal battle against her own lawyers. The reality star hired the law firm of Weinstock & Scavo several years ago when she divorced NFL player Bob Whitfield. Unfortunately, after the legal case was over, the relationship between the client and her attorneys quickly went south. They hit her with a bill of roughly $165,000, and instead of forking over the amount, she decided to pay what she thought her lawyers earned.
Gucci Mane has been ordered to pay Diana Graham almost sixty thousand dollars for shoving her out of a moving vehicle. The incident in question happened all the way back in January of 2011. The rapper was arrested in April, and he later pled guilty to several charges related to the event. The judge hit him with a six-month jail stint, and the victim later filed a lawsuit seeking repayment for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Elton John has finally responded in an official capacity to claims he stole the lyrics for his 1985 song “Nikita”, and not surprisingly, his legal documents say any such allegations are bogus. The songwriter and his partner Bernie Taupin have been accused of borrowing from random dude Guy Hobbs who supposedly penned a similar song about a Western man falling in love with a Russian woman.
Less than a year after the FBI surprisingly included their fans on the annual National Gang Threat Assessment, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse have announced they’re preparing to fight back. The twosome are reportedly looking into a potential lawsuit and will begin providing free legal council to all Juggalos who think their rights have been violated thanks to the gang designation.
Well, this was inevitable. Deep down, we all knew someone present during the tragic Dark Knight Rises showing would hire a lawyer to look into making money off the traumatic situation. Let the record show the first to the table is Torrence Brown.