Lawsuits

by (@missmuttoo)

Mariah Yeater’s Alleged Texts Reveal Justin Bieber Is Not Her Baby’s Father

If this story turns out to be true, then the shiz is going to hit the fan. TMZ has published a story about Mariah Yeater sending an alleged text to a friend on Wednesday which could potentially blow her paternity suit against Justin Bieber apart. The friend’s identity is being kept a secret, but the text in question reads, “Pleeease ERASE ALL MESSAGES from my mom where she says Tristyn is Robbies Son Ill [sic] kick you when we get paid im trusting you pleeease. Mariah Laci.” The “Robbie” in the text happens to be Mariah’s ex-boyfriend. If that wasn’t bad enough for her case, her supposed “friend” in in possession of more incriminating text messages he claims are from her. Another particularly damning one reads, “[W]ould you please stress to Robbie how important it is for him to be in his son’s life?”

Howard Weitzman (Bieber’s lawyer) has already released a statement regarding this update which says, “This information proves Mariah Yeater fabricated the story. Our independent investigation indicates Ms. Yeater never met Justin, she has consistently identified another man as the child’s father, and Ms. Yeater and her co-conspirators hatched this scheme in order to extort money from him and to sell her story to the media. There have been no settlement discussions and there never will be.” Quite an unfortunate development for Mariah’s new lawyer, Jeffrey Leving.

[Photo: Splash News Online/ ]

by (@missmuttoo)

The Situation Is Suing Abercrombie & Fitch

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is taking Abercrombie & Fitch to the cleaners. This shouldn’t come as a massive surprise to them as he had already sent over a cease-and-desist letter for selling T-shirts emblazoned with versions of his own catch phrases, “The Fitchuation,” “GTL … You Know the Deal” and “GTL Fitch.” Yes, he’s actually got a legal copyright, or so he claims, on those words.

Not that the company listened. They probably thought he was bluffing. Boy, were they wrong. The Sitch filed a suit in a Florida federal court on Tuesday, claiming that A&F needs to pay up for violation of trademark. According to him, they need to cough up $1 million in royalties and $3 million in damages. The papers state, “As a result of [Abercrombie's] publicity campaign, [the retailer] profited off of the use of a false affiliation with Sorrentino and it has wrongly used Sorrentino’s name, image and likeness for advertising purposes in violation of applicable law.”

This isn’t the first time Mike and Abercrombie & Fitch have got into a tussle. Back in August, they actually issued a statement asking the Jersey Shore star to stop wearing their brand. They felt that he wasn’t portraying their kind of image saying, “We believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.” Unfortunately, their sales fell majorly after this little incident, which could have been pure coincidence. But we’re still confused. Why dis the Sitch and then use his shtick to sell the very clothing you asked him not to wear?

by (@missmuttoo)

Mariah Yeater Hires New Lawyer, Still Insists Justin Bieber’s Her Baby Daddy

So much for Mariah Yeater dropping her paternity suit against Justin Bieber. Her team of lawyers may have ditched her and abandoned her claims, but that still isn’t a big enough hint. TMZ now reports that Mariah’s hired a new lawyer, who’s apparently as convinced as she is that the Biebs is the father of her baby. Jeffrey Leving doesn’t care that the singer’s team is going to countersue for making false allegations, either. He says that’s he’s already negotiating the terms of  that DNA test Justin was planning to take.

Leving also adds that Justin’s legal team is using strong-arm tactics to scare them off. And in this case, it’s a “20-year-old woman with no money and no job” who’s being targeted, so he is not going to back down. The only reason why Mariah withdrew the case, Leving claims, is to usher in a private settlement. Let round two begin.

[Photos: The Insider/]

by (@missmuttoo)

Mariah Yeater Withdraws Paternity Suit Against Justin Bieber

So much for this craziness. Mariah Yeater, of “Justin Bieber is my baby daddy” fame, has withdrawn her paternity suit against the singer, according to TMZ. Considering Mariah bolted out of her Insider interview bawling just last week, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

Apparently, her lawyers — Lance Rogers and Matt Pare — have also dropped her as a client. We all know that Justin was going to take a paternity test to prove his innocence in a week’s time, but how about this next bit: His lawyer, Howard Weitzman, was also going to countersue Mariah’s team for filing false claims. She supposedly withdrew her case late last week. Team Bieber, winning!

[Photo: Splash News Online/Getty Images]

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Woman’s Lawsuit Over ‘Misleading’ Drive Trailer Leads To Our Own Complaints

If you don’t like a movie, you usually just leave the theater. But a woman in Michigan must have realllllly hated Drive, because now she’s suing over the film’s “misleading” trailer. Sarah Deming is filing a lawsuit against the distributors of the Ryan Gosling flick, saying she was duped into buying a ticket as the result of a manipulative promo. We agree that ticket prices are getting out of control (12 bucks!?), but this is a little extreme. Among her complaints against FilmDistrict Distribution:

– Drive was promoted as being in the same vein as Fast and Furious, when it actually wasn’t like it at all.

– “Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film, for reasons including but not limited to Drive having very little driving in the motion picture.”

– “Extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith.”

She is demanding her money back, and aims to file a class action lawsuit in the coming days to prevent more of what she sees as audience exploitation. And she’s right! We’ve been misled for years not only by trailers, but movie titles too! Check out the gallery below for 20 films we’ve been tricked into seeing over the years. Maybe you’ll learn from our mistakes…

[Photo: Odd Lot Entertainment]

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by (@hallekiefer)

Black Swan Interns File Lawsuit Against Film’s Producers

It turns out, keeping track of Natalie Portman‘s prosthetic finger skin is not the glamorous job you might have thought it was, at least according to the Black Swan interns’ lawsuit again the film’s production company. According to the plaintiffs, Fox Searchlight hired dozens of unpaid interns in order to avoid hiring actual employees. Plus, factor in all the fake-blood-soaked nail files they had to work with, add it to any time spent around Winona Ryder, and their argument starts to make a lot of sense.

“In misclassifying many of its workers as unpaid interns, Fox Searchlight has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees,” the suit claims. According to former intern Alex Footman, his duties on the Black Swan set “included preparing coffee for the production office, ensuring that the coffee pot was full, taking and distributing lunch orders for the production staff, taking out the trash and cleaning the office.” Said Footman, “The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities.” Well, that’s not true, Alex. You learned how to make a mean pot of coffee. In fact, you might say you made that pot of coffee…perfect.

by (@missmuttoo)

Lauryn Hill Getting Sued By Her Stylist For Fashion Fraud

Why does it feel that Lauryn Hill‘s only in the news these days because of controversy? The last we heard was that her baby wasn’t partner Rohan Marley‘s; a rumor which Ms.Hill strongly denied to the press and public.  Unfortunately, this round is a lot more serious because she could be in trouble with the law. A fashion stylist is suing Lauryn because of allegedly making off with her clothes without paying the full price. This, BTW, went down in 2007 when Lauryn was on tour!

The lawsuit relates that fashion consultant Via Davia Vintage fitted Lauryn “with an entire wardrobe of high fashion items.” The deal that was made apparently stated that Hill was to pay fixed weekly installments for the clothes for a month. It further claims that the singer not only kept all the clothes for three months, but ended up returning only 30% of the items. To add insult to injury, the suit states that Hill paid only paid a tiny amount of what was due. Considering there’s silence coming from Hill’s camp, we’ll just have to see how this story plays out in court.

by (@hallekiefer)

Hangover Part II Stuntman Sues Over On-Set Brain Injury

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is now facing a The Hangover Part II lawsuit filed by a stuntman who allegedly suffered “significant brain injuries” during a stunt on the movie’s set in Bangkok. Stunt actor Scott McLean was doubling for Ed Helms in a car chase sequence,  when the car he was riding in was hit by another vehicle that skidded out of control. And here we thought the most horrible part of that movie was seeing that poor monkey nibbling on a severed finger. That’s still a close second!

According to McLean’s lawsuit, it was allegedly the movie’s stunt coordinator Russell Solberg who made the decision that lead to the crash. “Solberg commanded to the driver of the automobile in which plaintiff Scott McLean was a passenger, that the speed of his vehicle be increased significantly to a speed unsafe for the stunt, thus resulting in a major collision,” the suit claims. McLean subsequently had to be airlifted to Australia and has been there ever since recuperating from what his rep says are “likely permanent brain and physical injuries.” This whole sad incident sure makes the whole Mike Tyson tattoo lawsuit look really stupid. Like, even stupider than it already looked.

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@hallekiefer)

Jay-Z And Kanye West Might Face Legal Action Over Watch The Throne Sample

Everyone knows how vital a superior sample is to a great song (See Also: almost every song made in the past 10 years), but in case you’ve forgotten, let a possible Jay-Z and Kanye West lawsuit over Watch The Throne refresh your memory. Soul singer Syl Johnson is allegedly planning to go after Hova and Weezy for using a sample of his song “Different Strokes” in the song “The Joy” without his permission or, more importantly, a paycheck. Reportedly Kanye West had been in talks to use part of the song for his last album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but a deal couldn’t be reached. Seeing as how talks weren’t resumed for Watch The Throne, apparently two hyper-famous millionaires just thought no one would notice if they sprinkled a little bit of the tune on their new album. Shockingly, someone did.

Following the release of Watch the Throne, archival label Numero Group was also surprised to find their names attached to it in conjuncture with “Different Strokes,” writing on their blog yesterday, “Late last night, we received a phone call from Syl—who was nearly in tears—asking if we knew why The Numero Group appeared in the credits to a new Kanye West/Jay Z album called Watch The Throne. We had no idea.” The post ends with the promise: “Island Def Jam seems to think that Syl doesn’t have any fight left in him. We’re betting otherwise.” We’d be fighting to have our name recognized too, Syl; do you hear how good “The Joy” is?

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@hallekiefer)

Lindsay Lohan Accuser Claims Injuries Required Surgery

We’re not saying we can’t imagine Lindsay Lohan doing some serious damage if she wanted to; the woman’s got a lot of deep-seated rage, plus the speed and dexterity of an enraged spider monkey. However, as with all celebrity lawsuits, we’ll take reports that Betty Ford worker Dawn Holland was injured by Lohan, to the point of needing surgery, with a pinch of salt. After filing a lawsuit against the actress on Friday, Holland’s lawyer Owen McIntosh claims his client allegedly required surgical intervention after she developed De Quervain syndrome, a tendon injury, from Lohan twisting her wrist. The part we find dubious is that Holland’s hand would still connected to her arm at all. Seriously, Lindsay’s guns look like steel cables.

To be fair to both parties, Holland did report being injured soon after Lindsay Lohan’s Betty Ford fight with her, though criminal charges against Lohan were eventually dropped. Meanwhile Lindsay is denying reports that she lost her damn mind, drinking-wise, at a friend’s fete this weekend. “Love how going to a friends birthday turns into a slew of lies! grrr – oh well… happy sunday all,” Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter read last night. And if the rest of the planet is lucky, the only place Lohan growls at us will be on the Internet.

[Photo: Getty Images]