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John Oliver's ability to bring a lighter touch to serious topics has made his take-downs must see TV. The Last Week Tonight host can provide both laughter and awareness on important social and political issues.

And apparently he can also provide the basis for legal judgments, after the Ninth Circuit cited a recent rant in a class action lawsuit. So is the weekly show host on his way to becoming Judge John Oliver?

On February 7th, Caitlyn Jenner was driving a black Cadillac SUV on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu when she collided with Kimberly Howe's Lexus from behind, sending the car into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another SUV. Howe died at the scene.

Police have now completed their investigation into the crash and will turn their findings over to the district attorney next week. But the question remains: will she be charged with a crime?

Jared Fogle, most famous for pitching the health value of Subway sandwiches, has reportedly reached a plea agreement involving numerous charges of sex with minors and possession of child pornography. Fogle allegedly paid for sex with a 17-year-old, elicited younger sex partners ("the younger the girl, the better"), and had pornographic images of children as young as 6.

Both prosecutors and Fogle's defense attorney announced the plea agreement, which means Fogle will avoid a criminal trial, but the deal still has to be approved by the judge.

It's been a cruel, cruel summer, at least for celebrity couples. Not even our favorite fictional characters were spared the celebrity divorce.

Here are a few of the cruelest breakups this summer and the mashed-up names we'll miss the most:

Personality person Dan Bilzerian is suing personality website TheDirty.com, claiming that STD rumors are false. (If you, like me, need a primer on Mr. Bilzerian, here you go.)

The lawsuit stems from an allegation from a commenter on one of the site's stories, claiming she contracted chlamydia from Bilzerian.

Donald Trump is having himself quite a year. His presidential run means that he has to open his mouth. And every time he opens his mouth he loses business partners. And every time he loses a business partner he sues that business partner.

First it was suing Univision after the network dropped Trump's Miss Universe competition due to Trump's racist comments about Mexican immigrants. Now The Donald is suing a celebrity chef for backing out of a restaurant in a new Trump hotel. No, not that other celebrity chef he sued for backing out of a restaurant in a new Trump hotel. This is a new one.

After years of litigation and decades of uncertainty, popular role playing franchise Dungeons & Dragons is finally coming to the silver screen. (No, we didn't forget about that 2000 disaster -- we're choosing to ignore it.)

Warner Brothers has announced it has the rights and a script for a D&D movie, which will take place in one of the game's most popular settings, Forgotten Realms. The announcement comes after a year of legal wrangling over a variety of issues, one being how to define a movie sequel.

Stop me if you've heard this one: two guys walk onto a plane...

Actually, I read that one on Twitter. At least, that's what one long-time joke writer is saying about a joke Conan O'Brien told on-air, allegedly the same night the writer posted it online. Coincidence? Or yet another incidence of joke theft in the modern world?