Celebrity Justice: May 2010 Archives
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May 2010 Archives

Dennis Quaid Files another Negligence Suit over Drug Mix Up

Actor Dennis Quaid is not giving up his legal fight against Baxter Healthcare Corp over an accidental overdose of the blood-thinner Heparin that nearly claimed the lives of his newborn twins. He has filed a second negligence lawsuit.

Dennis Quaid is suing the pharmaceutical company for unspecified damages and alleges that packaging caused the drug mix up and the overdose, Reuters reports.

Dodgers File Breach of Contract Lawsuit against Jon Lovitz

Comedian Jon Lovitz and a host of others are facing a hefty breach of contract lawsuit by the Los Angeles Dodgers over claims they failed to pay nearly $100,000 for 2010 season baseball tickets.

The breach of contract lawsuit was filed by Delaware-based Dodger Tickets LLC against Jon Lovitz and others for allegedly not paying $95,400 for 2010 season tickets, the Associated Press reports.

Guns N' Roses Front Man Sues Ex Manager in Counter Claim

The legal drama continues to heat up as Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose has filed a counter claim against Front Line Management.

Axl Rose filed a $5 million counter lawsuit against his former manager, Irving Azof, who also is the founder of the music management company Front Line Management, the New York Times reports.

Singer Jessica Simpson Wins Arbitration Case

The public will not see a workout video featuring singer Jessica Simpson on store shelves as she has won an arbitration case to keep the fitness video from being marketed.

Singer Jessica Simpson won the arbitration ruling which bars Speedfit, LLC and its owner, Alex Astilean, from using Simpson's name and likeness to promote the 2005 video.

Talking Heads' David Byrne Sues Charlie Crist Over Song

David Byrne is telling Florida Governor Charlie Crist to quit playing his music. The former lead of the famous band, Talking Heads, has sued the Governor over the use of the 1985 hit song by the Talking Heads, "Road To Nowhere," which Crist used in a campaign commercial. Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages. 

Wrestler Hulk Hogan Sues over Cocoa Pebbles Commercial

The new "Cocoa Smashdown" commercial by Cocoa Pebbles features cartoon character "Hulk Boulder," and has become the subject of a new lawsuit brought by wrestler Hulk Hogan.

The wrestling legend Hulk Hogan whose real name is Terry Bollea claims the commercial is based on his likeness and is suing cerreal maker Post Foods, the Tampa Tribune reports. Hogan says the company used unauthorized images and degrading depictions of him.

Suge Knight Charged: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has had another run-in with the law. He was arrested by the Los Angeles police and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

The co-founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers while driving a white Cadillac Escalade, Los Angeles Times reports.

Actress Lindsay Lohan Must Wear Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet

Though her new accessory may not be very fashionable, a judge has ordered Lindsay Lohan to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan lost a bid to ease restrictions on drug and alcohol testing, so that she could attend a film shoot in Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Bail Money Posted for Actress Lindsay Lohan

Starlet Lindsay Lohan won't face jail time upon her return to the U.S. and her arrest warrant was rescinded.

Quick bail was posted for 23-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan and her attorney promised that Lohan would soon be in the courtroom, E! Online reports.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan had an excuse for not showing up to court, but it was not good enough, and a Superior Court judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

Lindsay Lohan was scheduled to appear in court and missed a mandatory hearing. Her bail was set at $100,000, the Associated Press reports.

Former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson May Profit from Sex Tape Sales

If you can't beat them, join them.

That's exactly what former playmate Kendra Wilkinson is apparently planning to do to receive 50 percent of the sales generated by her sex tape released by Vivid Entertainment, RadarOnline, reports.

"Avatar" director James Cameron is now facing another copyright infringement lawsuit.

Kelly Van is the latest person to file a lawsuit alleging James Cameron, Fox and producers of the science fiction blockbuster "Avatar," lifted material from her 2003 book, "Sheila the Warrior: The Damned," according to the Hollywood Reporter's Legal Blog, THR, Esq.

Superior Court Judge Orders Lindsay Lohan to Court Or Else

A Superior Court judge has ordered actress Lindsay Lohan to show up to court or else face going to jail.

Beverly Hills Superior Court judge Marsha Revel has said that if the troubled actress fails to show up, a bench warrant will be ordered for her arrest, Reuters reports.

Rap Superstar Lil' Wayne Caught with Contraband in Prison

Rap star Lil' Wayne is already serving a one-year stint in prison for a gun charge and now he will be charged with an infraction for possession of music contraband, as well.

Lil' Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was caught in possession of items for an MP3 player during his one-year-sentence on Rikers Island, the New York Daily News reports.

Oprah and Dr. Oz Settle in Acai Lawsuit

Oprah and Dr. Oz have settled with at least three of the 50 companies the television stars sued for using their names and images to promote the nutritional acai berry drink.

Oprah Winfrey and Mehmet Oz, a medical doctor who appears frequently on her day-time talk show to promote health issues, have resolved the issue of misused images with one company, MonaVie, of South Jordan, UT. It was an amicable settlement, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Reality TV Star Gets Jail Time in Celebrity Bling Ring Case

Things seem to have become "pretty wild" for Alexis Neiers, the young reality TV star who was sentenced to six months jail time for her alleged role in the celebrity "Bling Ring" case.

Alexis Neiers, 18, who appears in the E! reality TV show "Pretty Wild" about teen Hollywood socialites, pleaded no contest to her part in burglarizing the home of the star of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings," Orlando Bloom, Reuters reports.

More legal drama has begun to unfold in the Lindsay Lohan lawsuit over the E-Trade "Talking Babies" Commercial. The firm is requesting that the court fight move to Manhattan.

Lawyers for the financial firm filed hundreds of pages detailing Lindsay Lohan's drug abuse, hard-partying, rehab stints and DUI arrests, the New York Post reports.

Former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson Fights Sex Tape Release

Former playmate Kendra Wilkinson is trying to make a fresh start but is haunted by the potential release of a sex tape.

New wife and mom Kendra Wilkinson, along with her legal team, is involved in a battle to stop the release of the sex tape by porn giants Vivid Entertainment, RadarOnline reports.

Letterman Blackmailer Joe Halderman Heads to Jail

Joe Halderman, the former CBS producer and blackmailer who tried to extort $2 million from late-night host David Letterman will be spending the next six months behind bars.

Halderman is scheduled to begin serving the prison sentence handed down in March, on May 4. He pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny, the Associated Press reports.

The Letterman blackmailer will serve his sentence in New York's Rikers Island.

Lawsuit Against MTV Reality Show Jersey Shore Moves Forward

The MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" is facing more legal trouble as a judge has allowed a lawsuit involving the show's producers to proceed.

The suit alleges that the producers engaged in a "criminal enterprise" by profiting from airing fights on the show that cast members deliberately provoked, the Associated Press reports.

Rap Superstar Lil' Wayne Faces Lawsuit over Lollipop Song

Incarcerated rap star Lil' Wayne is facing multiple lawsuits over his Grammy-winning "Lollipop" song.

South Florida producer Jim Jonsin claims that he co-wrote the "Lollipop" song and has filed a $500,000 lawsuit for unpaid music royalties, hipandpop.com reports. Jonsin is suing both Lil' Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment Group.

Oprah Kicks Off No Phone Zone Campaign

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey recently kicked off national "No Phone Zone" campaign to help prevent distracted driving deaths.

She is urging people to take the no phone zone pledge to stop texting and driving, ABC news reports. The campaign was kicked off during "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last Friday.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan may land in jail if in fact she has violated the terms of her probation.

As a part of her probation for driving while intoxicated, a judge ordered Lindsay Lohan to attend alcohol education classes every 7 days, however she may not have fulfilled that requirement, the New York Daily News reports.

Verdict in Palin Hacking Trial: Guilty on 2 Counts

As discussed in a prior post on this blog, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin testified last week in the trial against David Kernell for hacking into her private email during the 2008 presidential campaign. Last Friday, the jury returned with their verdict. Kernell, the son of a Democratic state representative in Tennessee, was found guilty on two of the four charges against him.

Jailed Rapper DMX Sues over Music Royalties

Rapper DMX has filed a lawsuit over lost music royalties from a jail cell, claiming that an entertainment company pocketed funds from a contract signed a decade ago.

The troubled rapper, DMX, is currently behind bars at an Arizona jail serving a six-month sentence after pleading guilty to charges of probation violation (by failing a drug test). He is suing executives at Rich Kid Entertainment, the Associated Press reports.