DEA’s Surprise NFL Inspections for Painkiller Misuse

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On Sunday, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted surprise inspections of various NFL teams…, including the San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawk, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The inspections were sparked by allegations asserted in a class-action lawsuit filed in May 2014 by several of the high-profile named players like Richard Dent, Keith Van Horne, and Jim McMahon. The lawsuit alleged that team doctors and trainers routinely distributed addictive narcotics such as Percocet and Percodan and sleeping pills such as Ambien to players in
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Keyshia Cole Back in Court for Late Night Melee

Keyshia-Cole-arrested Platinum recording artist and reality television star, Keyshia Cole, was summoned to court on Wednesday, November 12, for battery and negligence allegations arising out of a 5 a.m. fisticuffs back in September. The Grammy nominated artist went to see Cash Money CEO Birdman, who she is dating, around 5 AM at his West L.A. penthouse.  Inside, she found him with long-time friend and employee Sabrina Mercadel.  While the complaint states Birdman and Mercadel share a “plutonic [sic] relationship,” Ms. Cole was enraged and proceeded to…
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Rolling Stones in Legal Battle Against Insurance Underwriters over $12.7M

L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend a gala The Rolling Stones are taking a group of insurance underwriters to court over an insurance claim that was denied.  Before their 2014 tour of Asia and Australia, the Rolling Stones took out a $23.9 million insurance policy to cover cancellations resulting from the death of family members and others named in the policy. The insurance policy was triggered when the group cancelled the Australia and New Zealand concert dates because Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott… committed suicide in her New York apartment on March 17. 
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Bravo Sued for Conspiracy by Creators of “Real Housewives”

MV5BMTU5NDk1ODM3OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM1OTMwOQ@@._V1_SY426_CR4,0,630,426_AL_ Last week, two original creators of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” sued their one-time partner and the television network, Bravo, for fraud…, civil conspiracy, and breach of contract. The plaintiffs, Kevin Kaufman and Patrick Moses, claim to have developed the original idea for the first “Real Housewives” series with producer Scott Dunlop.    The three sold the show to Bravo in 2005 and created the production company, Ventana, in 2006 to produce the show.  The complaint alleges that after the show aired, Dunlop and
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Nancy Grace’s False Accusations Land Her in Court

635512643614767874-AP-D-GRACE-25-17907449 On Monday, November 10, a lawsuit was filed in Denver against television commentator, Nancy Grace, for defamation.  Known for her aggressive on-air antics, Grace could be facing more than just one complaint. The lawsuit filed this week stems from a false crime report out of Denver back in January.  A woman, after putting her children to bed at night, saw a man’s photo on her cell phone and called the cops.  She told the police she thought he broke into her home, took a selfie…
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EX- Navy SEAL Sued His Former Lawyer over His Book about Mission to Kill Bin Laden

NoEasyDayCoverArt Mark Owen, a retired Navy Seal and author of a 2012 bestseller titled “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden,” filed a malpractice suit… against his former lawyer Kevin Podlaski. According to the complaint, the lawyer advised Owen that he had “no obligation to submit the Book to the Department of Defense or any other agency for a pre-publication review.”  Owen also alleged Podlaski claimed to have special expertise in dealing with military law and special operations issues.” 
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Jay Z: You Like It, You Own It

darren-sharper-e75d9e690e9291db Often seen with his choice of drink, a glass of Armand de Brignac, Jay Z announced his purchase of the champagne brand… for an undisclosed amount from Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company. Jay Z’s interest in the champagne has been well known.  When he and his wife Beyonce hosted a fund-raiser for President Obama in 2012, he included a tower of 350 bottles of Armand  de Brignac Champagne.  The champagne even featured in Jay Z’s 2006 music video for “Show Me
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A-Rod Admitted Doping to Federal Agents

Yankees_alex_rodriguez_2013 On Wednesday, any doubt that Alex Rodriguez had taken performance enhancing drugs was put to rest by the release of a synopsis of the Yankees 3d Baseman’s January meeting with federal prosecutors and DEA agents.  A-Rod admitted to using steroids…. Alex Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season serving a one year suspension from the MLB for using performance enhancing substances.  However, he never failed a drug test.   Since he was originally targeted for doping after admitting to using performance enhancers in the early 2000’s,
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Man Sues Jay Z and Kanye for Stealing “Made in America”

wpid-kanye-jay-ocean A musician named Joel Mac filed a copyright infringement suit in New York federal court, claiming that the hip-hop musicians Jay Z, Kanye, and Frank Ocean stole his song. According to the complaint, Mac allegedly sold a CD containing his 2009 song titled “Made in America”… to Mike Dean, one of the producers of Jay Z’s “Watch the Throne” album in 2011 outside a New York hotel where the hip-hop musicians were recording part of the album.  Later, when the album was released, Mac discovered
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Hollywood’s “Raging Bull” Takes on a Small Town: De Niro Fights Property Assessment

robert-de-niro Approximately 80 miles from New York is Gardiner, a small town of about 5,800 residents in Ulster County. It might seem an unexpected place for Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro to own property, but in 1997 the star of “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” purchased 78 acres for $1.5 million. And now it is the site of a headline-making legal battle… involving a multimillion-dollar tax assessment. The property is owned for De Niro and his family by a legal entity called the Riverside Trust.
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