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Chuck Norris Sues for 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Profits

It seems that when it comes to celebrities, one of the most common reasons for contract disputes is unpaid profits or royalties. And Chuck Norris is the latest celebrity to sue for unpaid profits. Norris, through his production company -- Top Kick Productions -- has sued CBS for profits from Walker, Texas Ranger.

As per the lawsuit, CBS was supposed to pay Norris 23 percent "of profits earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker" when it agreed to become the primary distributor of Walker, and by failing to do so, breached their contract.

Can Artists Who Are Minors Sign Contracts?

Considering the fact that a person can't do several things before turning 18, you may be wondering if it's legal to sign a contract with an artist who is a minor. Lil Pump is one artist that is relying on the fact that contracts are generally not valid when signed by a minor. He recently voided his contract with Warner Brothers with the argument that the company can't do anything about it. So, is he right? Can a minor artist really get out of a contract whenever he or she wants? Well, not exactly.

Those of us who grew up on episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy have no doubt about the popularity of the show. Equal parts hard science and zany voices, BNSG was the meat and potatoes of our after school diet. (Saved by the Bell was a gluttonous dessert.)

But according to a recent lawsuit, Nye himself may not have realized how financially successful his show was, and that might have been due to some fuzzy math on the part of the show's distributors. Nye is suing Walt Disney Company, Buena Vista Television, and a host of subsidiaries claiming they withheld profits from BNSG, to the tune of around $28 million.

The show that just won't die, starring people that won't just die, is facing legal claims that yes, probably will not just die. Former Walking Dead series producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert, along with co-creator Robert Kirkman, are suing AMC, claiming the studio and network conspired to set the show's licensing fees, in essence capping the profits producers, writers and actors could make.

So how do these fees work, and why are at the center of a potential $1 billion lawsuit?

Producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy thought they had first dibs on any sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels classic Dumb and Dumber. Imagine their surprise when Dumb and Dumber To hit theaters in 2014 (not to mention the forgettable prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd in 2003).

So Stabler and Krevoy did what any self-respecting, aggrieved movie producers would do: they lawyered up. The producers are suing New Line Cinema for $1 million for breach of contract.

By just about any metric, Drake is one of the biggest rappers in the game. One of those metrics would be money, and Drake was in the top five of Forbes list of highest paid hip hop artists in 2016. But the label that claims to have signed Drake back in 2008 also claims it hasn't seen the profits from one of the most profitable acts in the business.

Aspire Music Group sued Cash Money Records in a Manhattan, New York court, claiming breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference over alleged unpaid profits and copyright royalties under the recording agreement between the two. So how much are we talking about, and where is all the money?

Tomi Lahren, the young conservative pundit hired by Glen Beck's TheBlaze, has filed a lawsuit after being effectively terminated by the show. Although Lahren is still being paid pursuant to her contract, she has been removed from the conservative political talk show. Lahren is alleging that her removal was due to her pro-choice stance, while TheBlaze denies that allegation and denies that Lahren has even been terminated.

Lahren's wrongful termination lawsuit alleges that after her appearance on The View, where she stated that being against abortion rights and against government regulation of individual rights is hypocritical, she was indefinitely suspended. The show issued a statement expressing confusion over how they can be sued for wrongful termination while Lahren was still technically employed and being paid.

Actress Amber Heard has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the movie London Fields as a result of an alleged breach of contract relating to nude and sex scenes she did not authorize in the producer's cut of the film. If you're not familiar with the movie, that's because it is yet to be released due to other litigation holding it up.

However, Amber Heard was not out looking for a legal battle. In November 2016, Ms. Heard, and the film's director Matthew Cullen, were sued by the film's producers for $10 million. The producers alleged Ms. Heard breached the contract by failing to finish some work on the film as well as failing to do promotional activities. Cullen was alleged to have changed the script in cahoots with Heard.

Just the name Snowden is polarizing. Hero, traitor, patriot, rat -- depending on your political leanings, any one of these can fit Edward Snowden in your mind. It turns out movies about Snowden, and his disclosure of mass NSA surveillance, can be just as divisive, legally speaking.

After a former Naval officer tried to sue makers of a Snowden documentary for "billions of dollars" to be paid to the entire populous of the United States, a slightly more specific lawsuit has been filed over the fictionalized film account. The film distribution company Wild Bunch is suing production company Vendian for $3 million it claims Vendian agreed (and allegedly failed) to pay for distribution of Oliver Stone's biopic "Snowden."

In the never ending saga that is the Dr. Luke versus Kesha lawsuit, new allegations have surfaced and each side has amended their respective lawsuits against each other. While Kesha's lawsuit was amended to include seemingly random statements about Dr. Luke that tend to not have any legal bearing whatsoever, Dr. Luke's new claims appear to be legally sound and based upon actual events.

In addition to the new claims about new commissions owed by Kesha to Dr. Luke under the contract for recent performances, it is being claimed that Kesha made defamatory statements about Dr. Luke to the superstar Lady Gaga via text message. Allegedly, Kesha texted to Lady Gaga that Dr. Luke had raped her and another recording artist. The text message defamatory statement to Lady Gaga was then used as the basis for other statements made by Lady Gaga about Dr. Luke, which in turn, led to reputational damage for Dr. Luke.