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Chicago’s Civil Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett Could Be Dismissed

7 Sep

Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him seeking $130K.

Its no secret that actor Jussie Smollett best known for his leading role on the television series Empire, has been accused of making up an elaborate story of being the victim of an attack outside his apartment in Chicago by two men who allegedly had on MAGA caps. Two hunky Nigerian aspiring actors later admitted that they were the MAGA guys but claimed they were put up to the whole thing by Smollett himself.

Criminal charges stemming from the incident were dropped back in March after Cook County’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx declined to prosecute the actor after Jussie forfeited his $10,000 bond and agreed to perform community service. However, the City of Chicago continued its public campaign to derail the actor, with everyone from the mayor to police chief holding press conferences shaming the actor for allegedly filing a false police report. (Even if true, he wouldn’t have been the first person of privilege to file a false police report, and he certainly won’t be the last.)

Then Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “whitewash of justice” and suggested Smollett received special treatment: “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

Donald Trump Tweets About Jussie Smollett

Even US President Donald Trump threw in his 3 cents, tweeting: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” ABC7 Chicago reported that the “FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges.” According to TMZ, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

The actor was later fired from Empire. To make matters worse, the city of Chicago sued the Jussie Smollett seeking reimbursement for the $130K they spent vigorously investigating the alleged hoax attack.  The Chicago Police Department claims to have logged 1,836 hours in overtime trying to resolve the case.

Lawyers for the actor are now asserting that while Smollett is not admitting he staged the incident,  the decision to spend so much time and resources investigating is squarely on law enforcement.

“My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion. He noted that “it’s going to be very difficult for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.

“It’s ridiculous and a stretch to require him to do so.” “This lawsuit was only filed by the former mayor … out of frustration for the state’s attorney dismissing the charges,” said Quinlan.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who is hearing the case, said she will rule in October on whether the city could move forward with its lawsuit to redeem the costs.

 

Yung Joc Sued By Production Company

20 Jan

Yung Joc is being sued by an Atlanta-based production company, which claims that the southern rapper signed a contract with them that gave them control over his recordings.

 According to Master Mind Music Inc.’s complaint, which was filed in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia earlier this week, Joc signed an artist development and exclusive recording agreement with them in February 2005 that stated that all material he created during the duration of the contract would be the property of MMM. Under the agreement they were also entitled to copyright his songs under the production company’s name, obtain a 50% share of his publishing and co-ownership of all of his recordings.

Master Mind Music is asking for an undisclosed amount of money for the alleged copyright infringement, breach of contract, torturous interference with contractual relations, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud.

Yung Joc has not responded publicly to the lawsuit yet.

Read More on YoRaps.com

The Gap Fights Back against Kim Kardashian Lawsuit

19 Jan

In the latest development of the KIM KARDASHIAN lawsuit against The Gap, the clothing company has fought back.

Last year celebrity reality star Kim Kardashian  sued The Gap clothing brand for a ridiculous $20 million for using her not-so-subtle lookalike, model Melissa Molinaro in their Blue Navy TV commercials ( The Gap owns Old Navy).  In her lawsuitKim K alleged that the commercial “created confusion in the marketplace and violated her rights to her name and likeness.”

Under common law, one who appropriates to his own use or benefit the name or likeness of another is subject to liability to the other for invasion of his privacy.

But The Gap has since rolled up it’s legal sleeves and released a bombshell of it’s own…

In an interesting twist in their legal battle, the retailer has launched an investigation to see whether Kim K’s reputation really was damaged as per her lawsuit. In the scheme of things, this investigation could take about a year to complete, according to The New York Post‘s legal experts.

Investigators for the Gap also intend to speak with representatives from Bebe and Sears, two retailers that used to have professional relationships with Kim Kardashian in the past.

The Gap has a few aces up their sleeves in their defense. One is to prove that Kardashian is “libel-proof,” meaning that her reputation is so bad that no single thing could cause true damage.

Secondly, The Gap also intends to prove that Kardashian is not actually as good a performer as Molinaro, the talent Old Navy hired for the spot.

Wiz Khalifa Sued by Pennsylvania Rapper for $2.3M; claims “Black and Yellow” is his song!!!

6 Jan

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A Pittsburgh rapper is suing hip hop star Wiz Khalifa for $2.3 million over allegations that he stole the hit song “Black and Yellow.”

Max Warren performs under the stage name Maxamillion. He says Khalifa’s chart-topper “Black and Yellow” was lifted from his own song “Pink N Yellow.”

Warren says he copyrighted “Pink N Yellow” in 2008 and Khalifa copyrighted “Black and Yellow” in 2011.

The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia and seeks at least $2.3 million in damages. It names Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, two other songwriters and several record companies and music publishers.

Warren’s lawyer declined to comment Thursday. A spokesman for Khalifa at Atlantic Records didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

N.F.L. Faces Retired Players in Lawsuits Over Concussions

30 Dec

The New York Times ran an article in today’s paper about the long debate over the National Football League’s handling of concussions. It  is reaching the courts in a flurry of lawsuits, raising the possibility that dozens of former players will go before juries to outline the league’s medical practices and describe long-term cognitive problems they say were caused by the sport.

More than a dozen suits, filed since July on behalf of more than 120 retired players and their wives, say that the N.F.L. and in some cases helmet manufacturers deliberately concealed information about the neurological effects of repeated hits to the head. Several suits also say that even if the league did not know about the potential impact of brain trauma sustained on the field, it should have known.

Read More on NY Times…

Britney Spears Lawsuit: Sued for $141k

15 Dec

Can you believe it costs $303,900 to provide Britney Spears with a full-time 365-day security detail???

TMZ is reporting that her former protectors who claim the pop star’s people screwed them out of half-a-year’s pay, have sued the starlet.

The people who run Britney’s estate are being sued  by Advanced Security Concepts Corporation — claiming Team Spears never paid them more than $140k in fees … after they kicked the bodyguard company to the curb back in 2010.

ASCC claims Team Spears has been unfairly holding a grudge against it ever since one of their former bodyguards, Fernando Floresfiled a lawsuit against Britney last year … accusing her of multiple instances of genital-exposing sexual harassment. Britney has denied the allegations.

But in the lawsuit, ASCC claims Team Spears demanded the company cover Britney’s legal expenses in the case — even though they weren’t obligated to put up the cash.

ASCC claims Britney’s people not only fired them after the stand-off — but they refused to fork over a check for $141,625.00 … the remainder of a 1-year contract which Brit’s camp had previously agreed to pay out whether or not they actually used the security service.

Source: TMZ

B2K’s Lil’ Fizz Sued for Running Illegal Marijuana Dispensary

24 Oct

One of the stars of R&B group B2K is being sued by the State of California for more than a million dollars for allegedly operating an illegal marijuana dispensary in L.A. … TMZ  reported over the weekend.

Police believe 25-year-old Dreux Pierre Frederic — aka Lil’ Fizz — is one of the owners of the Little Amsterdam weed shop in West Hollywood, CA., which has been open for business since 2008.

While marijuana dispensaries are legal in California, Lil’ fizz opened the shop in an area where weed shops are strictly prohibited … this according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court.

In the court docs, prosecutors want Lil’ Fizz to shut down his operation ASAP … PLUS, they want him to pay a $2,500 fine for every day the shop has been open since July 1, 2010 … which currently totals 477 days … so, $1,192,500.

And there’s more … prosecutors also want Fizz to pay for law enforcement costs and attorney’s fees related to the case … which could add up to another $750,000.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.Sued over Shooting!!!

20 Aug

Its gonna be an ugly fight… but this one isn’t in the boxing ring; its in the courthouse.

Superstar boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr is being sued by Quincy Williams and Damien Bland for close to $200,000. The allegations are over a shooting that occurred in 2009 outside of a Las Vegas skating rink.

According to CityStarMusic, Williams had a falling out with the champ when he sent Mayweather a text message stating that he hoped he lost his next match. The undefeated champion took it very personal due to the fact that they were friends and worked together. They saw each other at a skating rink called Crystal Palace where Mayweather threatened William’s life. Mayweather ordered his bodyguard to shoot at William’s car and he hit defendant’s car 6 times.

 

Mayweather is being accused of battery and assault. The lawsuit also states that associates of Mayweather have been making threats to victims since the incident.  Quincy Williams and Damien Bland filed the lawsuit in the District Clark County Court in Nevada August 16, 2011.

Mayweather is scheduled to fight Victor Ortiz September 17, 2011

Citystarmusic.com contributed to this report.

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