Lawsuits

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Lindsay Lohan To Sue Jewelry Store For Selling Security Tape


Is Lindsay Lohan contagious? The LA district attorney’s assault case against her fell apart when alleged victim Dawn Holland released contradictory statements and took money from the press. Now Kamofie & Company, the jewelry store Lindsay allegedly stole that necklace from, is headed down the same path. TMZ says Lohan will sue Kamofie after the store sold their security tape of her to the Associated Press for $40,000 (who then sold it to Entertainment Tonight…pretty smooth, AP!). The actress will reportedly argue that she never agreed for the company to profit from her likeness.

Rather than wait to hash the matter out in court, Kamofie has released a hilariously evasive statement, following up on earlier claims that the store sold the Lohan footage to the “non-profit” AP “to allow legitimate journalists and news access to the video” and make up for lost sales. “We regret to hear there is trepidation by Miss Lohan in connection with the video,” said Kamofie’s rep. “We hope that everyone understands that this is beyond our control, the flood of the requests to see this video were simply too overwhelming.  It was truly necessary to put it out.” Were they plied with booze? Talk about passing the buck…or rather, the 40k.

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Christina Aguilera’s Worst Year Continues—Now She’s Getting Sued

Christina Aguilera‘s been having a rough enough year as it is, the last thing she needed was a lawsuit against her. Seems like someone wants to kick a girl while she’s down though, because TufAmerica is suing Aguilera, claiming that they weren’t paid for her use of a sample which appeared in her Grammy-winning song “Ain’t No Other Man.” TufAmerica claims that they are the owners of “Hippy Skippy Moon Strut” by Dave Cortez and the Moon People, the song sampled in Aguilera’s 2006 single. Sony Music, Aguilera’s label, reportedly made a deal with Codigo Music to use the song, but TufAmerica claims they purchased the song rights in 2004 and they are the rightful owners, so they’d like a piece of the pie too.

This begs the question, why did they wait five years to bring this up? Did they only just realize they actually own the song, or are they just trying to cash in on Aguilera while she’s going through a rough patch? Either way, at least it reminds us that, at one point, Christina made great music.

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Katie Holmes Sues For $50 Million Over Drug Allegations

Note to self: just because a celeb looks like she just spent the last eight days on the elliptical does not mean she’s struggling with substance abuse. At least that’s the lesson we’re taking away from news that Katie Holmes is suing Star Magazine. The actress just filed a $50 million dollar libel suit after Star alleged the actress has a drug problem. Their January issue featured the headline “ADDICTION NIGHTMARE Katie DRUG SHOCKER! The Real Reason She Can’t Leave Tom,” despite the fact that the article inside did not actually claim Holmes abused drugs. Given all the insane stories we’ve read about TomKat in the past, oh, six years, the fact Holmes would sue over this makes us think the lady means business.

Though maybe Cruise’s wife isn’t the only victim in the magazine’s ruse. What about all those poor suckers who picked it up in the checkout lane? “Star Magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful,” her rep said in a statement to TMZ. “Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside.” We’ll just have to make sure when we rip on Katie, like for her film The Son Of No One bombing at Sundance, it’s based on cold, hard facts.

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Rihanna Sued Over Her “S&M” Video

Rihanna‘s video for the song “S&M,” has already been banned in 11 countries but the drama surrounding the sexy video doesn’t stop there. Photographer David LaChapelle is suing Rihanna, claiming she “directly derived” some of the images in the video from LaChapelle’s fashion photography. In other words, he got ripped off.

The lawsuit says “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle work,” specifically eight shots in the video, which he claims copy the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his previous work. LaChapelle has worked with Rihanna in the past but he had nothing to do with the “S&M” video, it was directed by Melina MatoukasThe Daily Mail has a shot-for-shot comparison to see just how similar the Rihanna video is to the photography—what do you think? We think it’s similar, but not a total rip-off. Although eight instances of similarity might be too many for one video.

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Diddy Sued For $1 Trillion For Causing 9/11

We’ve all heard conspiracy nuts claiming 9/11 was an inside job; we had no idea it allegedly came from inside P. Diddy‘s living room. Accordingly to RadarOnline, Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks is suing P. Diddy for $1 trillion for causing 9/11. Wilson accused rapper Sean Combs, ex-girlfriend Kim Porter and victim of police brutality Rodney King for, among other things, demolishing the World Trade Center. According to Turks, “[Diddy] went through Kim Porter and Rodney King and knocked down the WTC and then they all came and knocked my children down. Set me up to be on disability and disabled my baby. he put my baby in a wheelchair.” Yeah, it’s never a good sign when the most reasonable accusation in your lawsuit is that Puff Daddy organized the biggest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Turks requested a restraining order against the Diddy Dirty Money star and seeks $900 billion dollars in child support for their alleged son Cornelius Wilson, as well as $100 billion for “loss of income.” While a judge refused to set up a temporary restraining order (WE WONDER WHY), a hearing date was set for Monday, January 31. So people can pretty much sue anyone for anything now, right? We’ll have to remember that the next time there’s a national tragedy…or we need $900 billion dollars.

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The Kardashians Are Being Sued Over Their Kredit Kard

The “teen credit card” that the Kardashian sisters lent their name to back in November—and then distanced themselves from—has become quite the headache for the family. The Kardashian Pre-Paid MasterCard was touted as a way for teens to learn fiscal responsibility, but in reality, it was so loaded down with hidden fees that the real lesson for America’s youth would be one about digging yourself out of debt. The Kardashian sisters and their mother Kris are being sued by the licensing company Revenue Resource Group for $75 million for breach of contract since they abruptly pulled out of the deal.

While we’re often hard on the Kardashians for lending their name to just about anything, we thought they showed some decency by taking their name off the credit card. A statement from the licensing company’s attorney, however, argues they “spent a great deal of time and effort securing the rights to use the Kardashian card” and that they have the “right to market the pre-paid debit card.” They even claim that the K sisters have “effectively put this company out of business.” Well, considering they’re a company that wants to financially screw over people in an already fragile economy, we don’t see how that’s a bad thing.

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J-Woww Claims She Was Under Anesthesia When Ex Snapped Nude Photos

We see a picture of us in a two-piece on Facebook and we have a panic attack, so we are extremely anxious to hear that J-Woww’s ex-boyfriend Tom Lippolis tried to sell nude photos of the Jersey Shore star. Now to make even more horrifying, apparently Jenni “J-Woww” Farley was under anesthesia when the photos were taken. “Jenni came to me and told me that she heard rumors that Tom was trying to sell naked photos of her that she had no idea there were ever photos taken. Jenni says she must have been under anesthesia when they were taken. She is very upset but is going to try and remain out of the public legal battle right now,” said J-Woww’s lawyer Rudy Fusco.

Earlier today Lippolis described the photos depicting J-Woww after her first boob job to RadarOnline, claiming “Before she had her second breast augmentation, she was uneven, scarred, deformed and had tons of cellulite. There were two-inch scars on her nipples and after the surgery, they had stretched the skin and removed the scars.” Lippolis, who J-Woww claims stole from her after they broke up this past summer, maintains this is just his way of getting payment for work done as her manager.  Earlier this week J-Woww went to court over the photos, filing an order to show cause in an effort to prevent her ex-creeper from selling them to the highest bidder. “I didn’t even try to market the pictures, but after I filed the lawsuit she decided to make this an issue. She is just upset because I have this over her head,” Lippolis claims. Let’s hope that this new information is enough to finally prevent him from shopping the pictures around. Or that J-Woww rips both of his arms right out of their sockets, one of the two.

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Kanye West Sued For Assaulting Photographer

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Kanye West attacked a photographer again, you ask? Not exactly. Photographer Michael Vasquez just sued Kanye for allegedly beating him up (with a little help from his security), but the incident actually went down quite a while ago. How long ago, you ask? May 2008, when Kanye performed at a Casio Anniversary party. That’s two and a half years! Dude wasn’t even abusing auto-tune yet! How did this guy stay quiet when Kanye was arrested for smashing a camera a few months later?

According to the suit, West followed his performance (which featured topless women wearing space helmets) by joining his goons in a little paparazzi beatdown, causing “physical, mental and emotional illness” for Vasquez. “His agents, servants and/or employees acting in the course and within the scope of their employment, detained and/or threatened and/or caused plaintiff to suffer injuries.” The pap’s lawyer wouldn’t comment on the delay, but if Kanye and George W. Bush could work out their grievances, surely these two can as well.

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Brett Favre And The Jets Get Sued For Harassment

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Geez, you send a lady photos of your penis once and all of a sudden you’re a sexual harasser. Brett Favre has been under fire for a few months now, ever since he allegedly sent lewd texts to New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger and it’s about to get worse.

He was already fined $50k for his behavior, but now Favre is being sued by two more women who claim he sexually harassed them in 2008. The Jets are also named in the suit, which was filed by two of the team’s former massage therapists, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole. The women claim that Favre propositioned them for a three-way, texting O’Toole with the message “Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I’m all alone.” After demanding apologies and rejecting his advances, the women say they were not hired back for their services, which is why they filed the suit.

Favre had no comment on the allegations, but you just know he wants this story to have a happy ending.

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Demi Lovato Punching Victim Considering “Litigation,” Wants Apology

Someone get Demi Lovato to a phone already! Apparently friend/dancer Alex Welch might scrap her threats to sue Demi if she could just get an apology for when Lovato “walked up and punched” her on a plane without warning. “To this day, I haven’t gotten an apology. I’ve heard nothing,” Welch told People. “That’s sad if you think that person is your friend.” To be fair, Welch was apparently “having this awesome time” with Demi’s ex-Joe Jonas and his bros, while the out-of-her-mind Disney star was under the impression her friend told her managers she was out of her mind. Welch is probably lucky Lovato couldn’t get any sharp objects on the plane.

Demi’s people say they’ve tried to reach out to Welch (“Demi feels awful about what happened”), but have been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, lawyers on both sides are negotiating…something, with Welch’s lawyer threatening to “pursue litigation” if they don’t reach an agreement. Considering how little cash you’d probably get for a bruise and a black eye (and as Demi’s dad noted, Disney has good lawyers), we wouldn’t be surprised if Welch was offering to throw her silence in for a bigger payoff.