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Archive for the ‘lawsuits’ Category

Holy Stupid Lawsuit Batman!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 12 November 2008

This is too absurd to make up!  The mayor of a town in Turkey is suing Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan, for using his town’s name without permission.

The name of the town?
Why, Batman of course.
Never mind that the series started nearly 70 years ago.
Never mind that it’s a reflection of the character’s alter-ego (ie LITERALLY Bat Man)

“There is only one Batman in the world,” Kalkan said. “The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”

No one from the town of Batman has explained why it took so many years to take legal action. Batman first appeared as a comicbook character in 1939 and the “Batman” TV series started in 1966. Tim Burton‘s first bigscreen rendition for Warner Bros. came out in 1989. Undoubtedly the fact that “Dark Knight” is about to pass the $1 billion mark at the B.O. played a part in stirring the ire of the Turkish hamlet.

The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film’s success has had on the city’s inhabitants.

Just… wow.

Source: Variety.com


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Sorry guys, I’m with the studio on this one

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 27 November 2007

From IMDb:

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s hit new movie American Gangster is at the center of a new legal fight, after upsetting a retired Drug Enforcement agent in New York. The narcotics detectives are far from happy with the way they are depicted in the gritty new movie, which follows the fortunes of 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and the cops trying to bring him to justice. And one of the police officers, who worked the Lucas case, is now threatening to sue movie studio bosses at Universal for what he claims are “false and defamatory statements.” Gregory Korniloff’s attorney Dominic Amorosa has sent a cease and desist letter to the studio heads demanding a retraction of statements made in the film, according to Tmz.com. The letter alleges that several key facts in the movie are misleading. Korniloff was the case agent for the DEA and “personally participated in the search of Lucas’ house… and the arrest of Lucas.”

I suspect that the DEA will lose this suit because the movie isn’t presented as a documentary but rather based on/inspired by actual events.  That gives the writers/directors/producers quite a bit of leeway and poetic license to add/remove facts as they wish (or as I call it, to Hollywood-ise the story).

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The gene pool needs a few less lifeguards

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 7 November 2007

You gotta be fuckin stupid to walk into a cop shop smokin pot. No, I’m not making it up–I couldn’t:

DANBURY, Conn. – A man is facing drug charges after he allegedly walked into the Danbury police station puffing on a marijuana-filled cigar.

Capt. Robert Myles says Scott Snow walked into the station early Saturday and blew smoke from his cigar into a small opening in the bullet-resistant glass separating desk officers from the public.

Myles says the 24-year-old man was told there’s no smoking inside the building and he allegedly stubbed out the cigar on the counter.

Officers came out and smelled the distinctive odor of marijuana and arrested Snow.

Police say they found more alleged marijuana in Snow’s pants. He has been released after posting bond.

Yahoo Odd News

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One for the WTFF (What the Fuck Files)

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 3 November 2007

Oh.

My.

Gods.

From PerezHilton:

A woman named Nicolle O’Neill is suing Paris Hilton.

Why? She claims that the heiress stole her look.

In a personal injury complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 18, O’Neill alleges that she suffers “emotional distress” because of Hilton and accuses the socialite of ripping off her style, including fashion-related “patens” [sic] and “stiling” [sic] tips.

Oh, yeah. Nicky’s court filing is handwritten!

Two pages of documents spell out specific charges against Paris, including a claim that she stole O’Neill’s idea to expose her “je-streeng underware (bikiny)” [sic] under her pants. O’Neill also claims Paris swiped her idea to shop in vintage stores for ’60s-style dresses.

Nicky wants Paris to pay “billions” in damages.

Is Paris even worth that much?

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Hope their god has deep pockets

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 2 November 2007

Westboro Baptist Church–that disgusting group of people who picket service-members’ funeral and spread venom like ‘God hates fags’ and ‘Thank God for dead soldiers’ and blame the Iraq War on America’s tolerance of homosexuality–were on the wrong end of a $10+ million judgment Thursday.

The church was sued by Albert Snyder, after they picketed his son Matthew’s funeral.  Lance Cpl Matthew Snyder was killed in Iraq.  A Maryland jury found them guilty of invasion of privacy and intent to cause distress.

The group’s lawyer argued the group’s actions are protected under the First Amendment’s freedoms of speech and religion; they are confident that the verdict will be overturned.

‘Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed,’ boasts Westboro’s Pastor Fred Phelps.

I’m not so sure.  The Supreme Court has been less tolerant and recognises that speech comes with responsibilities and limitations (the oft-cited shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre for example).   With one of the grounds for liability being intent to cause distress, I think that this verdict will hold, although I also think it will make it to the Supreme Court.

A precedent has now been set however.  People are taking a stand against this vile organisation and collectively saying that this hatred is not welcome.

Posted in Constitutional Law, it's war!, lawsuits, Legal | Tagged: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

They have some effin balls!

Posted by gnn1 on Thursday, 20 September 2007

Found this in odd news:

CANBERRA (Reuters) – A lesbian couple in Australia are suing their doctor after they had twin girls from an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure when they only wanted one child.The two women are seeking more than $400,000 (Australian dollars) (171,941 Great Britain Pounds; $322,893 US Dollars) in damages to help pay for the cost of raising the second child, including private school fees, saying they made it clear to their doctor that they only wanted one baby.

The twins are now three years old and the civil case, the first of its kind in Australia, has prompted debate about the value of children and role of parents.

“The litigation involving twins already three years old undermines the importance of parenthood,” conservative government Senator Guy Barnett said on Thursday.

“We seem more intent on preserving and pandering to the wishes of adults, than we are in protecting the rights of children,” he said.

Barnett called for banning same-sex couples and unmarried women from access to publicly-funded IVF services, sparking a new moral debate ahead of national elections, due at any time.

The case is being heard in Canberra, where letters published in the local Canberra Times newspaper overwhelmingly criticised the legal action after the birth of two healthy children.

“The child’s identity is subsumed to the whim of the mother who has bought the sperm and paid the IVF clinic,” columnist Angela Shanahan wrote in The Australian newspaper.

“Ultimately the result is the child as product, robbed of its unique identity.”

The court has ordered a gag on the identity of the women, who used donor sperm from a Danish doctor for the IVF treatment in 2003 which resulted in the birth of twin girls.

The court has heard that they signed a consent form to allow two embryos to be implanted, but specifically told their specialist they only wanted one embryo implanted.

The court was told the birth of the twins had created considerable stress within the couples’ relationship, but lawyers for the doctor said that almost every couple who had a child went through similar strain.

It takes a lot of nerve to sue your doctor for having twins.  And I am sure they were told and ignored that the doctor couldn’t guarantee a single birth.

And why the fuck should they can sue for PRIVATE SCHOOL fees?!  This is just fucked up all over.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Better late than never?

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 16 September 2007

It only took a security guard who claims he was kicked in the head by rocker Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) 11 years to file a lawsuit.

Gary Armijo claims he was kicked intentionally and that the blow left him with severe physical injuries.

Howard Weitzmana, Rose’s attorney, calls the suit

a pathetic attempt to get money from Axl.

I’m inclined to agree.  This reeks of extortion, and I hope Rose files a counter-suit.  ELEVEN YEARS?  C’mon!

Source: Starpulse

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Oh. My. God. Possibly the craziest lawsuit ever (EVER) filed!!!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Jonathan Lee Riches, a prisoner in South Carolina, has filed a lawsuit against Michael Vick.  And this time I actually feel sorry for Vick.

Riches alleges a laundry list of routine crimes including fraud and conspiracy.  Now, that’s really pretty wrong given what he himself is doing.

The suit is for $63,000,000,000 (that’s BILLION, folks).  And Riches’ claim is that Vick stole his two pitbulls, used them in dog fighting, then sold them on e-bay.

And it gets better (this is actually the good part).  He says that Vick used the proceeds from the sale to buy missiles from the Iranian government.  He would need those missiles because he was faithful to al-Qaeda, pledging allegiance to them in February of this year.

Riches wants Vick to

stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes.

Um, how do you physically hurt someone’s feelings.  (The answer, by the way, is that you can’t).

He is either on some heavy duty drugs or is seriously mentally ill.  Or both.  It’s a given that a judge will dismiss this, but Riches will appeal (I guarantee it).

PDF of the filing

Sources:

DListed

FoxNews.com

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Eminem suing iTunes (again)

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 11 August 2007

Eight Mile LLC & Martin Affiliated LLC, the companies that own publishing and copyrights to rapper Eminem’s songs, have filed suit against Apple’s iTunes.

They claim that Universal, the company that distributes Eminem’s albums, was never authorised to distribute his music online.

According to the experts, the suit has merit.  There is a growing feeling within the industry that publishers—who actually own the copyright—and not labels should have final say on where and how the music is distributed.

Furthermore these suits may become more common.

Entertainment lawyer Owen Slone told the Detroit News to expect more of these types of suits in the future as it becomes a bigger issue. He also said another factor playing into the dispute is the division of royalties between the label, publisher, and artist.

Source:  BetaNews

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