Can’t Shake it Off: Ongoing World Tour Doesn’t Exempt Taylor Swift from Depositions

There appears to be bad blood between award-winning music artist Taylor Swift and clothing company Lucky 13, which claims that Taylor Swift and her affiliated companies, such as Taylor Nation LLC and Taylor Swift Productions, Inc., infringed on the registered trademark “Lucky 13.” A California federal judge ruled on Tuesday that despite her ongoing world tour, Swift will need to create a blank space in her schedule for a deposition. A representative for Swift claimed that Lucky 13 was just trying to cause trouble, stating:…
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Grocer Calls Foul, Argues for Sanctions Against Michael Jordan

On Monday, July 27, Jewel Food Stores Inc. told an Illinois federal judge that Michael Jordan and his attorneys should be sanctioned in his right of publicity suit.  The lawsuit arose when Jordan accused the grocery chain of using his likeness without his permission in an ad featured in Sports Illustrated, and according to Jewel, Jordan has violated the court’s order to stop repeatedly asking for judgment. In its response brief, Jewel argued that Jordan’s opposition to proposed jury instructions violates a court order that…
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50 Cent Finances: Curtis Jackson Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Rap mogul Curtis Jackson, who also goes by the moniker 50 Cent, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, July 13 following a $5 million judgment against him in a somewhat bizarre lawsuit. That lawsuit was filed by Lastonia Leviston, the ex-girlfriend of rapper Rick Ross. She claimed that Jackson violated her privacy by posting a sex tape of her on the internet. Jackson’s attorney, William A. Brewer III said in a statement: This filing for personal bankruptcy protection permits Mr. Jackson to continue his…
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In Hot Water: Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Public Water

On Wednesday, July 1, the Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint asserting that Tom Selleck and his wife, Jillie, transported water from the Calleguas district to their ranch.  This would violate a water ordinance that bars water conveyed by Calleguas to be delivered or sold outside of its district boundaries. Additionally, the complaint states that the district hired a private investigator.  The investigator witnessed a commercial truck filling up a tanker with water from a public fire hydrant in Thousand Oaks and then deliver…
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