Legal Issues

John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over 'Duke' Nickname

July 10th, 2014 9:51am EDT
John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over 'Duke' Nickname
John Wayne rose to fame using the nickname "The Duke," and now his heirs are involved in a legal kerfuffle with Duke University over the nickname.

The famed university in North Carolina feels that it has the rights to use the "Duke" trademark, but the family wants to market Duke bourbon. A lawsuit was filed by John Wayne Enterprises in Orange County federal court on July 3 stating that the university does not own the "Duke" trademark for all applications.

"Duke University is not and never has been in the business of producing, marketing, distributing, or selling alcohol," states the co...
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Justin Bieber To Plead No Contest To Vandalism Charge

July 9th, 2014 4:15pm EDT
Justin Bieber To Plead No Contest To Vandalism Charge
Justin Bieber will be charged with misdemeanor vandalism in court today for an egg throwing incident he was involved in last January, a representative for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has confirmed.

The pop star won't appear in court, but he will plead no contest and will be placed on one year probation plus be ordered to perform community service, according to TMZ.com.

Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor's home in Calabasas, Calif., causing $20,000 worth of damage. He will reportedly be ordered to pay restitution for the incident.

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'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Charged With Death Of Camera Assistant

July 4th, 2014 2:30pm EDT
'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Charged With Death Of Camera Assista
"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller, his producer wife, and an executive producer have all been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the death of a camera assistant on the Georgia set of the Allman Brothers biopic.

In February, Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed while the production crew was shooting in Wayne County. Six additional crew members were injured on the train tracks.

The Wayne County District Attorney claims Miller, his wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish did not have a permit to film on the train tracks.

If foun...
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'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Files Motion To Dismiss Second Sex Abuse Case

July 4th, 2014 8:56am EDT
Bryan Singer
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer has filed a motion to dismiss a second sex abuse suit filed against him, claiming it has no legal basis. He also wants $300,000 to cover litigation costs.

In May, a British actor identified as John Doe 117 filed a legal complaint against the filmmaker, shortly after another man, Michael Egan, sued Singer, Broadway producer Gary Goddard, and Hollywood executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman, claiming they all sexually abused him at parties when he was a teen.

Singer addressed Egan's allegations in April, saying in a statement issued through his publicist: "Th...
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How The Mighty Have Fallen: The Downfall Of Shia La Beouf

July 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
How The Mighty Have Fallen: The Downfall Of Shia La Beouf
Once one of the most promising actors of his generation, likened to Tom Hanks, Shia La Beouf has ridden to the heights of Hollywood fame and today, to its lowest points. How could a young man who once had it all, have fallen so far, so fast? With La Beouf now entering rehab and hopefully moving on to a more positive phase of his life, a timeline of events that led him to this point in his life reads like a road map of excess and issues. Starting from 2007 until today, La Beouf seems to be interested more in making a name for himself as a disturbed young man rather then the promising young a...
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Lindsay Lohan Suing The Makers Of Popular Videogame 'Grand Theft Auto' For Using Her Likeness

July 2nd, 2014 3:50pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of popular adult video game series "Grand Theft Auto," claiming that designers used her likeness for the character Lacey Jonas in the latest installment of the game, "Grand Theft Auto V," which was released in September 2013.

Lohan filed suit on Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleging that the game's maker, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., used her image to create the character without her permission. Like Lindsay, the character is an actress who stars in "romantic comedies and cheerleading dance-off movies" and is seen in one part of the game as...
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Ice-T's Grandson Accidentally Shoots & Kills Roommate

June 28th, 2014 8:16am EDT
Ice-T's Grandson Accidentally Shoots & Kills Roommate
Ice-T's grandson was involved in an accidental shooting earlier this week and has been arrested for killing his roommate in Georgia.

On Tuesday, Elyjah Marrow, 19, was in his apartment with his friend Daryus Johnson. Marrow was handling a handgun when it accidentally fired.

According to TMZ.com, police took the teen into custody and charged him with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and reckless conduct.

In addition, Marrow was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen firearm.

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Chris Brown's Assault Case Heads To Trial After Second Plea Deal Crumbles

June 26th, 2014 7:01pm EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown was offered a plea deal in his assault case that would make sure he didn't see the inside of a jail cell, but he turned it down over a technicality.

The plea deal was pretty sweet for Brown; it would credit him for the time he's already spent in jail with no probation and he would plead guilty to simple assault. However, the two legal teams couldn't come to a consensus on the events of the evening. Brown would have to say what happened that night and what he did while pleading guilty.

Brown's attorney Mark Geragos told reporters outside the courthouse, as seen in the video bel...
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Kanye West Isn't Doing Road Work For His Community Service

June 24th, 2014 9:01pm EDT
Kanye West Isn't Doing Road Work For His Community Service
Kanye West found a pretty cool way to earn hours towards the community service sentence he was given for attacking a photographer.

West has been spotted at the L.A. Trade Technical College Monday, according to TMZ, to make his third appearance and speak to students about the fashion industry. He was there to speak to student for three hours about designers, but we bet no one was sleeping at their desk.

A student at the school photographed the rapper with a pair of teachers during one of his appearances and wrote, "Kanye West speaking to the graduating fashion students at L.A. Trade Tech...
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Kristen Stewart Threatens To Sue Joan Rivers Over Slutty Comments

June 23rd, 2014 10:00pm EDT
Kristen Stewart Threatens To Sue Joan Rivers Over Slutty Comment
Kristen Stewart is upset with Joan Rivers, who calls the actress a "one-trick pony" and alludes to the star's use of the infamous casting couch in the upcoming book "Diary of a Mad Diva."

The "Fashion Police" host writes: “Many stars only do one thing well, of course, the best one-trick pony is Kristen Stewart, who got a whole career by being able to juggle directors’ balls."

Rivers is alluding to Stewart's affair with the director from "Snow White and the Huntsman," which eventually broke up Rupert Sander's marriage.

Stewart's team has threatened legal action against Rivers and asked h...
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