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Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Terry Crews sued by his former social media manager for $1 million
Darwin Hall alleges he was paid a total of $28,479 for his work promoting the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star's Facebook page and personal website, when he should've been paid $55 per hour for 6,000 hours of work. He is also alleging Crews defamed him in a series of tweets.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Disney fires back at Michael Jackson estate's copyright lawsuit over ABC TV special
Disney argues that The Last Days of Michael Jackson, which aired on March 24, qualifies as a documentary, so its use of "limited" music qualifies as fair use.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio says he's planning to sue The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez over sexual harassment allegations
“I took a leave because I didn’t want bad press coming to my public place of work,” says Dottavio, who works at Universal Studios' Water World show. “I am still employed and as far as I know there are no allegations against me. I have never been accused of any sort of sexual harassment at work or anywhere else.”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Charlie Rose reportedly underwent "major surgery" last month
According to The Blast, Rose's "major surgery" was revealed in court documents filed in response to litigation over his CBS sexual harassment scandal. Rose's attorney said the former CBS This Morning co-anchor underwent abdominal surgery on July 17 and is taking six weeks to recover. “Mr. Rose’s recent hospitalization and recovery has left him unable to devote the time necessary to work with counsel or prepare a defense to the claims,” his attorney explained.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Charlie Sheen claims he's "blacklisted" in Hollywood in requesting to pay less child support
Source: The Blast
The former Two and a Half Men star says he's in a “dire financial crisis,” with less than $10 million. He's asking the court to pay less child support to ex-wives Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards. “I have been unable to find steady work, and have been blacklisted from many aspects of the entertainment industry," Sheen said in a court filing.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Matt Lauer, in his first interview since his sexual misconduct scandal, says he feels taken advantage of over his "difficult times" in dispute over his New Zealand ranch
The disgraced former Today host spoke with Radio New Zealand about a dispute over whether to have his New Zealand ranch opened to allow access to a state park. "I believe the groups that are behind this are in some ways unfortunately taking advantage of some difficult times I've been through over the past six months and I think they see me as an easy mark," Lauer said. "And what they're going to try to do is put this through, which would set a precedent because this has not been done ever before with a pastoral lease holder or property owner without that person's consent."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
92-year-old World War II vet accuses Netflix's Maniac of trashing his home
Source: New York Post
Sidney Price agreed to rent out his Long Island home to the Emma Stone-Jonah Hill TV project to Paramount TV for 10 days in September 2017. When Price returned to his home, he says hehfound that the crew had trashed his home and many valuables, including photos of family members and Holocaust survivors, were gone. The New York Post reports that Price is suing Paramount TV, the series' producer.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
NBC is fighting a subpoena seeking to find out whether The Biggest Loser contestants were given drugs
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The weight-loss reality show was never formally canceled, despite its last episode airing two years ago. Now NBC is caught in the middle of a defamation lawsuit filed by The Biggest Loser doctor Dr. Robert Huizenga against the New York Post over its articles alleging contestants' drug use. Huizenga's suit argues that the stories resulted in lost business relationships with a slew of networks, including ABC, Bravo, MTV, Fox and Discovery. In response, The Post has subpoenaed NBC for documents relating to The Biggest Loser to prove that its stories were correct.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? victims face an uphill battle if they take legal action
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Cohen has a lot of experience with litigation since lawsuits over his Borat and Bruno movies were tossed out early on. "This is due in part to clever lawyering by Cohen's attorneys, and in part due to longstanding legal doctrines protecting free speech and expression," says attorney Zachary Elsea. "The failed lawsuits against Cohen and his collaborators illustrate why." As he points out, it would be even harder for a public figure like Judge Roy Moore -- who has threatened legal action -- to because public figures have less legal protection.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
CBS sends a "nice" legal letter to Survivor alum Jonny Fairplay
The former Survivor villain's podcast and merchandise uses a logo similar to Survivor's. So CBS lawyers have gently warned him to cease and desist.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Alex Trebek sued over his large dog
A woman alleges the Jeopardy! host's large dog came charging at her, resulting in her running away and falling onto the street, where she was almost hit by an SUV.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
California Supreme Court rejects Olivia de Havilland's Feud petition
Will the 102-year-old acting legend take her case against FX and Ryan Murphy to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Oprah Winfrey fires back at "frivolous" lawsuit over OWN's Greenleaf
Oprah and her OWN network were sued in April by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, who alleged that Greenleaf was a ripoff of their project Justice & Glory. Oprah's attorney's repsonded this week, writing in court papers: “This is a frivolous lawsuit brought by plaintiffs who either do not understand copyright law or who are pursuing it notwithstanding its manifest lack of merit."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Double Dare revival sparks trademark dispute
Viacom let its classic game show's trademark expire in 2001 and 2002, which allowed a man with a history of squatting on classic kids' show titles to obtain the trademark to Double Dare earlier this year. Now Viacom is suing to get a judge to declare that Double Dare belongs to Nickelodeon.
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
BBC goes to court in U.S. to find who leaked a Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who clip
BBC Studios is asking the federal court in California to help find the person who leaked a 53-second unfinished clip last week of Whittaker's Doctor Who and two unreleased still images. BBC Studios is trying to get the California-based Tapatalk, the message board where the leaked footage was first shared, to reveal the identity of the leaker. BBC Studios said that it "will strive to protect our program-makers, audiences and license fee payers from any breaches of security -- ensure Doctor Who fans enjoy the final and fully completed version of the episode when it premieres."