CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2009 |
Dozens of aspiring parents and the women they hired to be surrogate mothers filed a class action lawsuit this week against a Modesto-based surrogacy agency that abruptly shut its doors and stopped returning phone calls, leaving hundreds of thousands of client dollars unaccounted for, according to the allegations.
April 2, 2009 |
"Project Runway," held hostage by legal challenges, has a new lease on Lifetime. After months of bitter court wrangling over its fate, the hit reality TV series about aspiring fashion designers will jump this summer to the Lifetime cable channel. The show, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, has been a ratings juggernaut on Bravo since 2004. The legal battle, pitting onetime movie mogul Harvey Weinstein against network chief Jeffrey Zucker, showcased Hollywood back-stabbing at its best.
January 24, 2009 |
The wise-cracking Chihuahua who earned millions for Taco Bell Corp. -- and some criticism from Latinos as an ethnic stereotype -- has a new slogan: "?Yo quiero mi dinero!" -- I want my money! A federal appeals court Friday ruled that Taco Bell is solely liable for $42 million in breach-of-contract awards to two Michigan men who created the diminutive mascot that starred in the Irvine fast-food giant's hit $500-million advertising campaign in the 1990s.
November 18, 2008 |
Bahrain Prince Abdulla ibn Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa sued Michael Jackson in London on Monday, claiming the pop star reneged on a deal to use Bahrain as a recording venue and kept a $7-million advance. The prince, second son of the king of Bahrain, and Jackson shared an interest in music and discussed the joint production of two albums, a Jackson autobiography and a stage musical, Bankim Thanki, Prince Abdulla's lawyer, told the High Court in London. Jackson moved to Bahrain as a guest of the royal family after he was acquitted of charges of child molestation in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2008 |
The deal seemed straightforward enough. Hermosa Beach voters had overturned a 52-year-old ban on oil drilling, and a small Santa Monica company had signed the lease for the job, one that was supposed to earn the small city as much as $2 million a year. But after more than a decade in court, not a drop of oil has been pumped from the ground. Instead, the deal that was supposed to solve the city's financial problems and help fund schools threatens to send it into bankruptcy.
April 8, 2008 |
Call it a catfight over a catwalk. Lifetime Networks said Monday that it had staged a coup by stitching up the rights to the popular reality show "Project Runway." But before the cable channel could take the wraps off, rival NBC Universal sued the show's producer, Weinstein Co., alleging breach of contract. NBC Universal owns Bravo, the cable channel that has been the home of the signature show hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum.
January 7, 2008 |
After six years of legal sniping, actor Steven Seagal and his former business partner, Julius R. Nasso, buried the hatchet Sunday, ending a bitter court battle that had spawned allegations of contract breach and Mafia extortion. As a result of the confidential, out-of-court settlement, Nasso is expected to drop his $60-million lawsuit against Seagal, which alleged that the actor reneged on an agreement to produce four films with him.
November 6, 2007 |
A former Wal-Mart ad executive has decided to drop her breach-of-contract lawsuit against the world's largest retailer, saying the lawsuit had become financially draining and more complex than she had expected. "I just decided not to pursue it," Julie Roehm said Monday. She wouldn't elaborate beyond a prepared statement saying that her lawsuit had wound up going beyond her effort to recover $1.5 million in severance pay.
July 28, 2007 |
The legal struggle between Don Imus and CBS Radio is nearing a settlement that would preempt the dismissed DJ's threatened $120-million breach-of-contract lawsuit, a person familiar with the case said. It was unclear whether a deal would return Imus to the airwaves, where he worked for 40 years before his firing in April after directing a racial insult at the Rutgers University women's basketball team. Imus' attorney and CBS Radio declined to comment.
June 19, 2007 |
Debt-laden pop singer Michael Jackson reached a settlement over a breach-of-contract claim by New Jersey-based finance house Prescient Capital. Prescient sued Jackson and his MJ Publishing Trust in July 2005 for $48 million, alleging breach of contract after providing financial advice to Jackson and his various companies. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in filings at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.