Yes, you read that correctly. A two-year-old Chicago boy was rushed to the hospital after coughing up a piece of rubber which it turned out was part of a used condom. Apparently, the little boy consumed the condom while playing in a McDonald’s play area with his brother.
The boys’ mother, Anishi Spencer, is now suing the fast-food chain for $50,000 dollars worth of damages. She says the restaurant failed to properly clean hazardous debris from an area used by kids, and they did not use surveillance to uncover any “deviant activites” on its grounds. The money from the lawsuit will be used to pay her son’s medical bills.
This is absolutely DISGUSTING, and a new low for McDonald’s. Hopefully they are able to get to the bottom of this and figure out who took the meaning of “play area” to a very adult level.
You know you’ve officially made it when you get hit with a lawsuit by someone claiming that you’ve stolen their song.
And for Carly Rae Jepsen, that is exactly what has happened.
According to TMZ, Jepsen is facing legal action from a Ukrainian singer named Aza, who is accusing the Canadian songstress of lifting the arrangement from her Christmas track ‘Hunky Santa’ for ‘Call Me Maybe’.
“I’m shocked and surprised that these people wanted to sample my lyrics on their song,” said Aza to TMZ. “They didn’t ask me for permission, they just took it. That’s why I filed this lawsuit. When I first heard it on the radio, I was driving and almost got into an accident. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”
Denying the allegations, Jepsen’s reps have hit back and added that Jepsen “is not spending a lot of time listening to Ukrainian radio.”
“This is completely false and [Carly's] lawyers will deal with this. Everyone knows [Carly] is a songwriter.”
Upon listening to the song, it’s clear that this is just a publicity stunt to give Aza more hits (and money) for her ‘Hunky Santa’ video (which by the way, does NOT sound like ‘Call Me Maybe’ at all).
Not only is it totally different, it’s FAR less catchier.
Judge for yourself here:
Let me tell you about a little band called One Direction. They’re a five-piece boy band from California with songs you’ve probably never heard of. Then ANOTHER band named One Direction came along on X Factor and became uber popular. To pour salt on the wound, this so-called One Direction came to America and stole all the fans the California guys never had.
This is One Direction, the band that is suing their British counterparts, One Direction:
The American boy band is asking for more than a MILLION dollars and they want their name back too. They filed the suit at California’s Central District Court on Monday and are asking for an injunction. Apparently the guys think they’re entitled to the money because they’re suffering “substantial confusion and substantial damage.”
The court papers state that the American group has been using the name since 2009 and have two albums. They also applied to trademark their name in February 2011.
I don’t know if this is a publicity stunt to make headlines, but I don’t think the way to get fans is to sue one of the most popular bands in the world. There’s no going back now —the British One Direction will always be One Direction. And how unique are band names anyway? I’m sure there are tons of bands around the world that have the exact same name without even realizing it.
The lawsuit says Simon Cowell’s record label Syco ignored the plaintiff’s rights. A spokesperson for the UK group said: ”One Direction’s management tried to resolve the situation amicably when the matter first came to light, but the Californian group has now filed a lawsuit claiming they own the name.” He also said: ”One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.” [Source]
In case you’re not one of Justin Bieber’s 19 million Twitter followers, the pop star randomly decided to tweet his number with the final digit missing to all his
teen followers on March 12, and told them to give him a call.
That means obsessed fans, stalkers, bewitched listeners, lost connections, desperate housewives, struggling artists and haters alike only needed to pound one of ten options at the end of the number to get through to him.
Now he’s being threatened with legal action by two “victims” who received calls far worse than telemarketers or debt collectors, instead they received non-stop calls from screaming girls. We’re talking 1000 calls a day at all hours. According to TMZ, the two people are from Texas and want compensation for Justin’s
prank “reckless” behaviour.
Justin! Come on, every prankster, especially a host on Punk’d, should know fake numbers consist of 555 at the beginning. Come on now.
Do you think the Texans deserve compensation for the calls or are they just taking advantage of a loaded celebrity?
Yesterday, word spread that Drake was being sued by Ericka Lee, his alleged ex-girlfriend and business partner who appeared on the infamous voicemail message in the Take Care single ‘Marvin’s Room’ – now Drake’s party has responded and released the following statement:
“This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song “Marvin’s Room” prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as ‘Syren Lyric Muse,’ and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court.”
Lee had claimed that she deserves credit as co-writer and should received royalties for her contribution to the song.
It is a sad day for anybody who enjoyed the countless hours of entertainment from Megaupload. The FBI charged the operators of the site with copyright infringement and “conspiracy to commit racketeering.”
And here’s big news, Alicia Keys is connected to this controversy. Her husband Swizz Beats was revealed as the acting CEO of the company, who was brought on by founder Kim Dotcom. Beatz was partially responsible for the track “Mega Song,” which showed famous artists supporting the service.
It is unclear which seven Megaupload employees are to be arrested, and the extent to which Swizz Beats has been involved.
Just when we thought Lindsay was in the clear after being patted on the head by her judge for completing all her community service, she’s back in the headlines but this time for a really ridiculous reason.
D Listed reports a man by the name of Thomas A. Green is suing the actress for $300,000, claiming she went back on a business deal with him, because he was close to uncovering the truth about her involvement in the death of Osama Bin Laden.
According to Green, who is a former U.S. Marine, Lindsay is a high-class prostitute that played a big role in the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden. And according to Green, I’m the Queen of England.
TMZ reports Green suffers from hallucinations and therefore often spends a lot of nights at a homeless shelter. I never thought I’d say this but this guy makes Lindsay Lohan look completely normal.
This must be one of the dumbest lawsuits of all time. Lady Gaga’s former assistant Jennifer O’Neill says she is owed $380,000 in overtime after serving the pop star for 13 months, and she is suing to claim it, reports TMZ.
So why is O’Neill pissed? She says that she was a slave to Gaga. O’Neill says in her suit her job included “ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.”
And, O’Neill says, she was required to be at Gaga’s beck and call at her “earliest waking hour.”
O’Neill is suing for the $380k — which represents 7,168 hours of overtime during the 13 months.
O’Neill is suing Mermaid Touring Company which is the touring company Gaga uses.
This lawsuit sounds pretty stupid. Jennifer is suing because she was asked to do the job she hired for. Fetching towels and making sure sh*t is on schedule is part of being an assistant.
Are we wrong? Isn’t that what a celebrity assistant is supposed to do?
Initially people were saying Cheban would sue Kris for $5 Million, but apparently it isn’t true. TMZ caught up with Cheban and he talked about the situation.
Is Cheban gay? Possibly, but who really cares. However, Cheban has said the accusation “caused me a lot of problems already.” What does that mean? Gay guys have been asking him out?
The song was a #1 hit that featured Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lloyd. Now Done Deal Enterprises is suing Wayne, claiming some of the track is their copyright. They want a $15 million payout and Lil Wayne has been ordered to appear in court on 12 October to face the claims.
Yet another problem for Lil’ Wayne. Either way – it’s still a great song and now that he is living the clean life, he has money to pay for lawyers.
This is not good for Lady Gaga. Gaga was in Japan over the weekend peforming at an MTV Japan benefit relief concert. Soon after the tragedy in March, she started selling selling bracelets she designed with the words “We Pray for Japan” on them.
Each bracelet cost $5, with a pledge that all proceeds would go to relief efforts. However, a lawsuit alleges the money hasn’t been donated to the charity.
The complaint says that Gaga kept part of the $5 that every customer paid for a wristband and inflated shipping charges so she could pocket more. She then counted even the money she allegedly pocketed in her donation figures, artificially inflating donation numbers, in order to make more money, the suit charged. The complaint was made by the reputable firm 1-800-LAW-FIRM.
Good luck Gaga – we don’t trust ambulance chasers like 1-800-LAW-FIRM. This is all bull sh*t!
The Situation’s Dad, Frank Sorrentino, was served papers at a charity event in Delary Beach, Florida, reports TMZ. So what’s the lawsuit all about? Well The Situation is pissed that his Dad used his likeness for his own website The Confrontation.
On the website, Frank basically bad mouths his son, and tells the world that he is a little prick. Granted it’s pretty funny, but we are happy Frank is not our Dad.
Check it out for yourself!
Ke$ha is suing Wimo Labs company for copyright infringement, reports Perez Hilton.
The singer’s lawyers are going after the makers of a rubber watch strap for the iPod Nano called “TikTok” because it apparently ‘infringes on her rights.’
If Ke$ha’s team gets their way, Wimo Labs will have to turn over their entire supply of straps.
Property expert David Leichtman doesn’t believe this will happen, though. “She’ll have to show consumer studies to show people are making an association between her and the product,” he says.
Yeah, somehow, we don’t see Ke$ha sitting down with her lawyers discussing consumer studies. Jumping on the table and making it rain glitter, maybe. But not this.
At worse, I think the company will just change the name of their product. They are kind of stupid for naming it that, I mean, I could have told them this would end up in a lawsuit. Maybe I should go into marketing.
Former ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Nicollette Sheridan is taking the ‘Housewives’ creator to court, reports E Online.
A Los Angeles Judge has given the go-ahead for the ex-star’s $20 million lawsuit against creator Marc Cherry to proceed to trial. Why is Sheridan taking Cherry to court, you ask? Sheridan sites ‘wrongful termination and assault’ for the lawsuit, claiming Cherry smacked her in the face while on set and then arranged to have her fired when she complained. Talk about harsh.
“It is clear to the court that this is something that needs to go to a jury,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen announced at a hearing yesterday.
Sheridan, who had not appeared at any of the other proceedings in the case, did turn up for the session.
“I’m very happy that I am being treated fairly,” she told reporters outside the courtroom.
The actress, whose character on the hit ABC series met a shocking end (literally, she was electrocuted and killed off), filed her complaint against Cherry a year ago. Sheridan claims that the creator wrongly fired her after she reported to network bosses an incident of assault by Cherry in 2008.
However, last June (after her former costars pledged to support Cherry’s version of events), the actress backed off the abuse claims, filing an amended suit. Sheridan then changed her tune, alleging that the altercation didn’t involve a whack but rather “a light tap on the side of the head.”
But now, she’s going back to her main story. Something about this seems fishy – she just can’t make up her mind about what happened. Maybe the slap across the head caused memory loss.
ABC investigated her allegations, including her assertion that Cherry “took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head,” but determined they were “of no merit.”
Now it’s up to a jury to sort it all out. The trial is set to kick off on June 8.
Well this is awkward for Warner Bros. If you’ve seen the previews for “Hangover 2,” you will plainly see Ed Helms’ character gets a Mike Tyson face tattoo. TMZ reports the tattoo artist who created that tattoo is pissed, and is now suing.
TMZ reports S. Victor Whitmill is the artist who did the work on Tyson in 2003, and copyrighted the design. Whitmill says he has never allowed anyone to use the image since Tyson had it plastered on his face.
Whitmill is now suing Warner Bros., the producer of the film, for copyright violation, and he wants to block the studio from showing scenes of the tattoo. He also wants cash.
Here’s hoping Mr. Whitmill is a reasonable man with a reasonable case, and gets enough money to shut up. We don’t want anybody cutting scenes from “Hangover 2.”
Britney Spears has just launched her new album, recreated her image, and is just getting back into her former place of popularity in the mainstream. Just when she thought she had it all she’s been $10 million lawsuit by Brand Sense Partners LLC for her Fragrance line featuring the perfume “Curious”.
According to TheWrap.com, Brand Sense brokered Spears’ deal with Elizabeth Arden in 2004 for her fragrance line. The deal said that Brand Sense was to receive a 35 percent commission on any resulting Spears-branded fragrances. The company is claiming that Spears robbed the company of their 35 percent commission.
There are reports that Britney, along with her father, thought the commission was too high so they made an under the table deal with Elizabeth Arden to have all of the royalties sent directly to the popstar.
The title of Spears’s new album is kind of ironic. The femme fatale in films usually mingles in bad or fraudulent business and usually gets caught. Self-fulfilling prophecy…. fulfilled.
Bret Michaels is suing the Tony Awards over a head injury he received at the June 2009 awards, reports People Magazine. A lawsuit was filed by the musician on Friday in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by People.
Michaels’s attorney, Alex Weingarten, issued the following statement: “The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings … Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do.”
The musician, who performed at the Tonys with his band Poison and the cast of Rock of Ages, fell down after being hit by a piece of scenery. He was knocked to the ground, and fractured his nose. The singer also required three stitches in his lip.
Michaels is suing CBS and the Tony Awards for unspecified damages, and claims that despite his asking producers for instructions on where to stand on the Radio City Music Hall stage during his performance, he was only told to “simply exit the stage from the rear.”
According to the suit, “Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented. Quite the opposite, Michaels specifically asked for instructions regarding how to exit after his performance and was just told to walk off the rear of the stage – in what was ultimately the danger zone.”
So far, there has been no comment from CBS or the Tony Awards.
This is a pretty big issue. I can’t believe the Tony people aren’t taking responsibility for this – just own up to it. I have a strong feeling that Michaels will win the case, because really, what can they counter with? Are they actually going to try and say its his fault for walking into the falling piece of scenery? I wish the best of luck to Michaels in this case, and am on his side. If a falling piece of equipment smashed me in the head, I would be pretty pissed too.
Warner Brothers have hired celebrity lawyers Ron Olsen and John Spiegel to handle Charlie Sheen’s contract and the future of his show, Two and a Half Men. The studio was forced to make the move after the loudmouth ex-star formally threatened a lawsuit upon them.
Though no official legal documentation has surfaced yet, Perez Hilton reports that Olsen and Spiegel have recently been in communication with Sheen’s lawyer regarding his claims that the studio was negligent when it came to Sheen’s partying ways, but overreacted as soon as Chuck Lorre’s name was dragged into the picture.
Olsen and Spiegel are big-time legal guys! We see Charlie Sheen’s star crashing very soon if he’s not more choosy with his words.
As if that’s gonna happen anytime soon!
- a 14K white gold 36″ chain with white stones for $15,000
- a 14K yellow gold 36″ chain with yellow stones for $15,000
- a diamond stud for $4,000
- a 14K white gold 5-row bracelet for $17,500
- a 14K yellow gold 5-row bracelet for $17,500
- two other gold “pieces” for $30,000
The Game unfortunately never paid for the jewelry he commissioned. Consequently a L.A. Judge ordered The Game to pay Lemmerman’s Inc. $90,999, reports TMZ. Although the final price for all the jewelry was $99,000, The Game did already pay some of the balance.
Here’s the bigger question – how is The Game going to afford to pay up? Does this guy even have money anymore?
Well it happened to The Game back in 2008. The Game was at the funeral for his cousin when he and four others ended up brawling with the deceased’s brother, Robert Kirkwood. Later in the year, Kirkwood filed suit against The Game for injuries sustained in the fight.
According to TMZ, an L.A. judge was sympathetic to Kirkwood and is ordering Game – real name Jayceon Taylor- to pay $50,580 in damages.
The Game probably never had a chance winning this case. Seriously, brawling at a funeral!! Come on dude.