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Football Star Vince Young in Trademark Dispute Over His Own Name

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Vince Young, who plays football for the Tennessee Titans, is currently in a copyright dispute over his nickname In-Vince-Able / Invinceable and his initials VY.  Turns out, a day after winning the 2006 Rose Bowl, both were trademarked by three astute entrepreneurs – one of which is former Astros baseball player Enos Cabell – and Young wants them back.

Young has filed the lawsuit primarily to get back the two trademarked terms, since Young can not currently use the terms with potential promotional deals including one with Reebok.

The defendants have yet to make any official statement on the lawsuit.

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December 17, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Sports Athlete | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Singer Brandy Among Those Named in Injury Lawsuit from 2006 Car Crash

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R&B singer Brandy has been named in a personal injury lawsuit by Donald Lite, who claims he suffers “serious and permanent injuries” while racking up medical bills due to a multi-car pile-up back in 2006.  Lite is also suing Awatef Aboudihaj, who died in the accident.

The suit recounts the events of the accident, in which Brandy rear-ended Aboudihaj, who subsequently rear-ended Lite, and describes how Brandy and Aboudihaj’s inability to travel at safe speeds at a safe distance lead to the car accident.

Lite is currently seeking an unspecified amount for damages.

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Car Accident, Lawsuit, Personal Injury | , , , | 1 Comment

John Waters Sued For Song Use on Christmas Album

A John Waters Christmas

A John Waters Christmas

A federal lawsuit for copyright infringement has been issued against director and all-around awesome individual John Waters for the publication of the song “Santa Claus is a Black Man” on Waters’ CD A John Waters Christmas from 2004.

The plaintiff, Theodore Vann, claims he owns the song and that Waters had no right to release it on the CD. Vann goes on to say in his suit that he specifically denied Waters the rights to use the song because he is “odd and a fetishist”.

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake May Have to Shave His Own Name

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake May Lose Name

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake Could Lose Name in Court

If a cease-and-desist order filed by World Wrestling Entertainment, (aka WWE aka The WWF) is granted, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, whose real name is Edward Leslie, will be forced to stop using one of the most recognizable and classic monikers in modern wrestling.

The WWE claims that they own the trademarked name and that Leslie, who dropped the name when he started working for the WCW, does not have the right to use it.  Leslie counters saying that he has been using the name since 2000 without any trouble from the WWE.

Leslie recently a jumpstart to his career when he became a coach on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit Filed by Bahraini Sheikh Out of Court

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit

London’s Royal Courts of Justice has said that a lawsuit filed by Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa against Michael Jackson has been settled out of court.

The lawsuit claimed that Jackson had abandoned a business deal with 33-year old Sheikh Abdulla that would have included a new album and an autobiography.  Sheikh Abdulla had paid the $2.2 million in legal fees for Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial, let Jackson move into one of his palaces in Bahrain after the acquittal, and had given Jackson a $7 million advancement on the planned record and book.

Jackson’s lawyers argue that the money given was to him as a gift, and that he was not bound by any contract.

The terms of this amicably settled dispute will remain undisclosed, with a representative for Sheikh Abdulla saying “the details of the settlement will remain confidential as this is part of the agreement.” The pair have wished each other well on their individual endeavors.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | 2 Comments

John McCain’s Lawyers Fight Back Against Jackson Browne’s Copyright Lawsuit

John McCain Fights Copyright Lawsuit

John McCain Fights Copyright Lawsuit

During the presidential election, a television ad ran in Ohio during the month of August in favor of John McCain used a snippet of Jackson Browne’s song “Running on Empty”, and Browne sued John McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Repubican Party for copyright infringement.

Now, McCain’s lawyers have struck back with legal filing including comments saying that “given the
political, non-commercial, public interest and transformative nature of the use of a long-ago published song, the miniscule amount used and the lack of any effect on the market [his] claims are barred by the fair use doctrine” and further that the “claim is barred as a matter of law because the Lanham Act does not apply to political speech.”

Should the court rule in McCain’s favor, it could establish a precedent which would make it much harder for songwriters to complain if/when political parties use their songs without permission.

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Lawsuit, Politician | , , , | 2 Comments

Harrah’s Casino Part of A Bizarre Personal Injury Lawsuit

Harrah's Casino Named in Lawsuit

Harrahs Casino Named in Lawsuit

Last year, during a performance in which hypnotist Thom Kaz hypnotized one of the attendees, his willful victim beleived he was riding a horse and rode the imaginary steed right off the stage.

In the lawsuit, Chad Lee claims that under hypnosis was told to “look between his legs and ride a prop” and shortly there after he “ran off an elevated stage with the prop between his legs believing he was riding a black horse.”

Lee’s Las Vegas personal injury lawsuit does not specify the injuries he suffered in the fall.

Harrah’s was unavailable for comment.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Lawsuit, Personal Injury | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Police Are Coming After Jesse James Clothing Line

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Jesse James Named in Fashion Lawsuit

Jesse James, known for his insane motorcycle designs at West Coast Choppers and his regular stints on cable television, may have a posse of lawyers coming after him.

Turns out James was co-creating a clothing line brand with a partner to be dubbed America’s Brand and sold through Wal-Mart.  At the last minute the partner was cut out, the clothing line renamed after James, and a key employee was stolen.

Now defendant Lori Edwards is suing for $200,000 for expenses and time spent on the project.

Jesse James, his representatives and business partnership attorneys have not made any statements or returned calls made by inquiring journalists.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Lawsuit | , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Sued by CA Inmate for Medical Negligence

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

An inmate at Wasco State Prison in California has sued Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (I still giggle typing that) for medical negligence for $100,000.

The inmate had previously written and requested a transfer to another prison after contracting a disease known as “valley fever” because of the prison’s location .  This disease prompts its victims to start every sentence with “Like,…” and tease their bangs up with hairspray.  Actually, valley fever it is a real disease that is a fungal infection in the lungs prominent in the Southwest which produces flu-like symptoms and can in rare cases lead to death.  Ha!  You just learned something of substance from this stupid blog.

The inmate, Terry Alexander, claims he is now confined to a  “wheelchair for life” because of Schwarzenegger medical neglect in not approving the transfer.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Lawsuit, Prison | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bon Jovi Sued for $400 Billion (Yes Billion) for Allegedly Borrowing Lyrics

Jon Bon Jovi is being sued for allegedly borrowing lyrics from the song “(Man I Really) Love This Team”, the Boston Red Sox Anthem by a band called The Chelsea City Council.  Frontman Samuel Bartley Steele is seeking $400 Billion (thats $400,000,000,000 or over half of the Wall Street Bailout the Congress is working on) from Bon Jovi, who he says used his lyrics for the song “I Love This Town”.

Representatives for Bon Jovi and their and any other copyright protection lawyers that may need to get involved have stated they have yet to see the lawsuit.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | Leave a comment