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Google faces lawsuit over stolen celebrity nude photos

Nude photos of female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead surfaced online in early September, and some of those photos are still showing up on various websites  but attorney Martin Singer is trying to change that.

In a letter addressed to Google’s co-founders, among others associated with Google and YouTube, Singer calls Google’s failure to remove these photos from its search engine results “unlawful” and “despicable, reprehensible” conduct. “This is unconscionable,” Singer writes, “especially for a company that boasts that its conduct should be ‘measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.’” READ FULL STORY

The Record Company sues Glen Campbell over his upcoming documentary

On Oct. 24, Glen Campbell’s touring documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, is set to hit theaters. But before it does, The Record Company has filed a lawsuit against Campbell.

According to the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Sept. 29, The Record Company had made an exclusive agreement with Campbell in June of 2011 to work with producer/director James Keach on a project about Campbell. Therefore, the creation of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which lists James Keach as director but has “excluded” The Record Company from all involvement, has allowed The Record Company to sue Campbell and Glen Campbell Enterprises for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and accounting from the film.

The suit demands for a jury trial.

Judge rules that Bryan Singer's original accuser can drop lawsuit

A federal judged in Hawaii ruled on Wednesday, Aug. 28 that Michael Egan III can drop his lawsuit against director Bryan Singer. In the ruling, the judge also stated that Egan’s case would be dismissed without prejudice, allowing Egan to refile in the future.

As the AP originally reported, Egan requested to dismiss the lawsuit due to his inability to find a new lawyer to represent him. An attorney advising Egan reportedly told the AP that Egan approved of the ruling and “got everything he wanted.” READ FULL STORY

Twentieth Century Fox sued over 'Simpsons' hologram used at Comic-Con

Hologram USA, along with Musion Das Hologram Limited and Uwe Maass, are suing Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films for willful infringement in regards to a Homer Simpson hologram that was used at Comic-Con in July.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, “Defendants do not possess a valid license to practice that technology. Such a license may only be provided by Plaintiffs. In spite of their knowledge of Plaintiffs’ rights, the Performance was made anyway.”

The activity in question is the Simpsons Comic-Con panel, during which a hologram of Homer came out onto the stage for a discussion with the show’s creator, Matt Groening, among others. You can watch it below.

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Adele's son wins five-figure settlement from paparazzi

Even when Adele isn’t on stage, she’s still winning.

According to the Associated Press, Adele’s one-year-old son, Angelo, won a five-figure sum in damages from a settlement with photo agency Corbis Images UK after paparazzi photographed him in private family moments.

Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia told the AP that the singer refused to let her son become “public property.” “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,” Afia added.

As for the money, it will be held in a trust for Angelo, and Corbis Images UK has agreed to stop using the photos.

Judge says John Travolta can't stop alleged gay lover from spilling secrets

A California appeals court judge made a ruling on Tuesday that said actor John Travolta can no longer prevent former employee and alleged former gay lover Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story in court.

Gotterba worked for Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, until he reached a written termination agreement with the business in 1987. The pilot claims that his six-year working relationship with Travolta developed into something much more personal, and nearly 25 years later, he decided to “tell the story of his life and those involved in it.”

After Gotterba gave an interview to The National Enquirer and announced plans to release a book, Travolta’s attorney sent the pilot cease-and-desist letters claiming Gotterba was breaching a confidentiality provision in his original termination agreement. But Gotterba and his lawyer called the documents inauthentic, saying the paperwork in question was an early draft of the agreement. Gotterba sued Travolta and Alto, seeking a judge’s opinion about which agreement was valid and whether or not confidentiality was really enforceable.

However, a special California law created to protect First Amendment rights continued the legal back and forth—Alto responded with an anti-SLAPP motion asserting Travolta’s right to petition and further questioned whether or not Gotteba’s lawsuit was based upon the cease-and-desist letters alone, or the larger confidentiality disagreement. On Tuesday, California appeals court Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert ruled in Gotteba’s favor, stating that the lawsuit was based on “the validity of the asserted termination agreements.” According to court documents, Gilbert added, “Although the prelitigation letters may have triggered Gotterba’s complaint and may be evidence in support of the complaint, they are not the basis of the complaint.”

Gilbert concluded that if Travolta had won, the decision “would lead to the absurd result that a person receiving a demand letter threatening legal action for breach of contract would be precluded from seeking declaratory relief to determine the validity of the contract. Declaratory relief would be limited to situations where the parties have not communicated their disagreement.”

Conor Oberst drops libel lawsuit against rape accuser

Conor Oberst, musician and Bright Eyes frontman, has dropped the libel lawsuit he filed against rape accuser Joanie Faircloth.

In 2013, Faircloth took to the xoJane comments section to claim that Oberst raped her when she was 16. Her claim quickly spread across the internet, and she later wrote a Tumblr further detailing the supposed encounter. Although both the comments and the Tumblr post were deleted, Oberst said that the claims damaged his reputation and career, leading him to file a libel lawsuit against Faircloth.

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Tracy Morgan released from rehabilitation center

30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was released today from a rehabilitation center to finish his physical recovery at home, according to Reuters. His publicist Lewis Kay confirmed this, releasing a statement saying that “Tracy has been released from the rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an aggressive outpatient program.  He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point. He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery.” Morgan was critically injured in a car crash near Cranbury, N.J., on June 7 when a Walmart truck hit the rear of a Mercedes limo bus carrying the comedian. Morgan sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg, while another comedian, James McNair, was killed in the incident. In July, the driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto. On Thursday, lawyers acting for Morgan sued Walmart, according to CNN.

Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar Games over 'Grand Theft Auto V'

Last December, Forbes reported that Lindsay Lohan spoke with her lawyers about the inclusion of a character with her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. On Wednesday, Forbes reports that the actress has filed suit against Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary publisher and developer Rockstar Games, maker of the blockbuster videogame.

The suit claims that the character Lacey Jonas is an “unequivocal” reference to Lohan, citing the use of her likeness, clothing line, and the Chateau Marmont hotel where she used to live.

For more on the suit, see the Forbes story here.

Ex-'Scandal' actor Columbus Short faces lawsuit after restaurant fight

Columbus Short, who played Harrison Wright on ABC’s Scandal for its first three seasons, was sued on Monday by Felton Hyche III—the man he allegedly assaulted outside of a restaurant on March 15—for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

According to the seven-page complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, Hyche alleges that the former Scandal star attacked him outside of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in California. The two men were at a bar to celebrate Hyche’s sister’s engagement.

Hyche claims that the 31-year-old actor attacked him following an argument that took place outside of the restaurant. Short’s “unwarranted and cowardly ‘sucker punch,’” as the suit describes it, allegedly knocked Hyche unconscious and caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. According to the suit, Short fled the scene before Hyche was rushed to the hospital. Hyche claims he suffered a major fracture to his cheek and orbital bones.

Hyche also claims that he continues to endure “ridicule from strangers as the man who was knocked out by Columbus Short,” and thus is seeking punitive and exemplary damages in the amount of $1 million for both the battery charge and the infliction of emotional distress.

On May 15, Short appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges. If convicted, Short faces up to four years in jail.

Short is currently also dealing with a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who filed for divorce and a restraining order following the incident.

In April, Short confirmed that he will not be returning four Scandal‘s fourth season.

 

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