Law of Hollywood Land

Entertainment Legal Bouts and Justice

Performer in NYC Little Mermaid Musical Production Sues for Injury

Back in May 2008, Adrian Bailey, a performer in Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical in New York City, was badly injured when he fell through the trap door on the deck of the sailing ship set and landed on the stage forty feet below.

Last Thursday, Bailey filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against both Disney and production companies that built the technical apparatuses for the show. He is seeking compensation for injuries that “were caused by the carelessness, negligence and recklessness of the defendants.”

Personal injuries like this may become a more common occurrence. A local New York actor, Dennis Baker, noted “in the age where Broadway shows seem to try and match the technical scale of movies the dangers for actors have increased. Unlike the movies, on stage there is no landing pad just off camera or safety net to catch an actor when something goes wrong.” Baker’s opinion echoes the growing concern for stage actors’ safety.

Representative for Disney have at this time declined comment on the case.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Lawsuit, Personal Injury, Theatre | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Filmmakers of “Finding Rin Tin Tin” Sued for Copyright Violation by Dog Breeder

The original Rin Tin Tin

The original Rin Tin Tin

A little background information… Rin Tin Tin was a real German Shepherd dog who lived in the early 1900s.  His descendants became the stars of a TV series of the same name in the 1950s.  Afterward, another descendant of the same bloodline was given to a dog breeder to continue the breeding of German Shepherds and use the “Rin Tin Tin” name for promotional uses.

Now, a new movie entitled Finding Rin Tin Tin has been released on DVD, and the current owner of the dog breeding company Daphne Hereford has filed a lawsuit for copyright violation.  Hereford claims she has owns the copyright for the Rin Tin Tin moniker in regards to “live German Shepard puppies” and that this movie directly violates her copyright protection.

Hereford is suing the filmmakers First Look Studios for, among other things,  irreparable injury to her company, the studio’s profits from the movie, and wants all copies of the movie destroyed.

At this time, representatives for First Look Studios have not commented.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | , , , , | 1 Comment

Heath Ledger’s Life Insurance Company Claiming Suicide to Avoid Paying?

Did Heath Ledger commit suicide over Joker?

Did Heath Ledger commit suicide over Joker?

ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, who wrote a $10 million life insurance policy for Heath Ledger just six months before he died, is claiming that Ledger may have committed suicide, which would make the policy null and void. Instead of paying out the policy, they have begun their own investigation to determine the cause of death, despite the New York City Medical Examiner’s ruling that his death was accidental.

Lawyers for Ledger’s daughter are now suing the company, saying that their claim is an obvious ploy to avoid having to pay out. Matilda’s lawyers claim that ReliaStar is flagrantly violating California law, which prohibits insurance companies from re-examining insurance applications after the policyholder dies.

ReliaStar has stated that no decision has been made about the policy.

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Lawsuit | , , , , | 3 Comments

Heather Locklear Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Santa Barbara

Heather Locklear's Mugshot

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of DUI Saturday night after local resident called cops when they saw her “driving erratically” as she left a parking lot.

California Highway Patrol found Locklear pulled over on the side of the road, blocking a lane, and determined that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and arrested her on the spot. No one at this time has come forward filing DUI injury charges due to her driving.

Locklear was tested and came out clean for alcohol.  Drug tests are still being conducted.  Locklear was later released without having to post bail.

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, DUI, Under Arrest | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sunshine Tutt Officially Files For Divorce from Chris Kattan

Last month I reported on how Chris Kattan filed for separation from his wife of eight weeks Sunshine Tutt.   Well, there’s no sun shining in Kattanland today, as Tutt has officially filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Divorce | , , , | 1 Comment

Sharon Stone Loses Joint Custody of Son to Ex-Husband in Adoption Case

Sharon Stone in her classic Basic Instinct role.

Sharon Stone in her classic Basic Instinct role.

A judge has granted “permanent sole physical custody” of Sharon Stone’s adopted son Roan to her ex-husband Phil Bronstein after a request through her family law attorney for the custody agreement to be changed was denied.

The judge has stated that this new agreement is permanent unless either Bronstein moves closer to Los Angeles or Stone moves closer to San Francisco. Stone has retained custody of her two other adopted sons.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Adoption, Custody, Divorce, Family Law | , , , , | 1 Comment

Dane Cook and his Deranged Plea to Avoid Eviction from Apartment

Dane Cook May Be Evicted for Dog Poo

Dane Cook May Be Evicted for Dog Poo

The love-him-or-hate-him comedian Dane Cook (me personally, I can’t stand him) is in court trying to avoid eviction from his apartment. The landlord wants to kick out Cook after no one cleaned up after his dog and his happy piles o’ poop.

In a three page letter to the judge, Cook explains that the only reason he rents the Hollywood apartment in the first place is because his comedy heroes John Belushi and Steve Martin used to live in the same complex.  Cook goes completely off the deep end has he notes “I know that the presence of those that have lived there before me affects me deeply and provides me with inspiration” and that he would suffer “mental and emotional” damage should he be kicked out and that his career would surely crumble.

Cook continues by saying “in the same way that writers can get writer’s block, comedians can really easily run out of ideas and ‘stories’; I am extremely frightened that this will happen to me if I am forced to move out of my apartment. I’ve seen it happen to other comics, that something interferes with their connection to their creative muse, and it’s destroyed careers.”

Cook has offered a $40,000 bribe voluntary fee to cover his doggy’s dastardly droppings.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Eviction | , , , , | 1 Comment

George Michael Reportedly Arrested in Public Bathroom for Drug Possession

George Michael Arrest for Suspicion of Drug Possession

George Michael Arrest for Suspicion of Drug Possession

Over the weekend, a 45-year old man was arrested in a London public toilet on suspicion of drug possession after a tip-off from the bathroom attendant, and later released with a “caution” for possession of class A and class C drugs.

Although Michael was not named by police, other sources were later able to confirm his identity. Michael pleaded guilty last May for driving while unfit and was banned from driving for two years.  In an interview last year, Michael proudly proclaimed “…and I can afford my marijuana so that’s not a problem.”

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Musician, Under Arrest | , , , , | Leave a comment

“Eight Is Enough” Star Joan Prather Arrested for Felony Hit-and-Run

Last weekend Joan Prather, who starred as Janet McArthur Bradford on “Eight is Enough”, was arrested for felony hit-and-run. Prather was attempting to maneuver past cones and barricades blocking traffic for the Malibu Triathlon when an officer tried to flag her down and got his watch caught in the car. Prather dragged the guy down the Pacific Coast Highway until other officers were able to stop her. There was no other pedestrian injury reported.

Prather was booked by L.A. county officers and later released on $50,000 bail. There is no word if the officer has contacted a car accident attorney for his injuries.

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Car Accident, Celebrity Wannabe, Under Arrest | 1 Comment

Hulk Hogan and Ex-Wife Linda Squabble Over Condo Forfeit

As the insanity surrounding the divorce of Hulk and Linda Hogan continues to swirl, here is the latest bit of celebrity injustice…

It appears that the couple put down almost $850,000 for a down payment on a $4.2 million dollar condo in Las Vegas before Linda filed for divorce. Hogan did not want the condo afterward, but Linda wanted to seal the purchase.

A divorce lawyer sided with Hulk that he did not have to make the purchase, however the real estate company will only return $200,000 and is keeping the other $650,000 for liquidated damages.

Now, both Hulk and Linda attorneys are fighting over who will absorb the monetary loss. But which Hogan attorney knows best?

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Celebrity Wannabe, Divorce | , , , | 1 Comment