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Family of New York Dolls Guitarist Battle Over Estate

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      In life, rocker Johnny Thunders was an example of all things rock ‘n roll, but in death, his story is emblematic of what inadequate estate planning—no matter how small—could do to a family. The New York Dolls member died in 1991 at age 38 of what many believe was a drug overdose […]

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Written by Phil Corso

March 7th, 2014 at 1:34 am

Even Hells Angels Protect Their Brand

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Mess with a bike gang, and land yourself a legal battle. It’s as if the notorious Hells Angels have traded in their leather jackets for blazers and ties after racking up over a dozen cases in federal court to protect their brand. The more popular they became since the group’s inception 65 years ago, the […]

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Written by Phil Corso

December 30th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Anti-Paparazzi Bill Now Law in California

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  In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law that is intended to protect celebrities’ children from harassing behavior of photographers. In addition to potential jail time of up to a year, the law will impose significant penalties on a photographer who harasses a celebrity’s child under the age of 18. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Tax and Bankruptcy Fraud Charges for Reality TV Stars

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The Department of Justice recently announced indictments of Teresa and Joe Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on charges of fraud connected with loan and bankruptcy applications as well as an alleged failure to file tax returns. According to Business Insider, the DOJ alleges that the reality television stars conspired “to defraud lenders and illegally […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 19th, 2013 at 10:48 am

Legal Issues in Frankel-Hoppy Divorce

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We don’t often discuss celebrity divorces around here, but the legal issues involved in the split of Skinnygirl Cocktails founder Bethenny Frankel and her estranged husband Jason Hoppy are forcing our typing hands. From custody, child support, alimony, and living arrangements to prenuptial agreements, this is one divorce that, for better or worse, truly seems […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 3rd, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Sister of Michael Clarke Duncan May Dispute Will

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The sister of deceased actor Michael Clarke Duncan has hired a lawyer to investigate whether her brother was unduly influenced when he changed his will several months before his death. Duncan, best known for his role in The Green Mile, died last September at age 54 after a heart attack suffered two months previously. He […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hang Out with Joe Escalante and East Bay Ray at SXSW

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We’re headed back to Austin for South by Southwest Music Conference and this year we’ll have two great events! Get educated at our panel, then join us for happy hour to unwind. Infamous Band Disputes & How to Avoid Them When: Thursday, March 14 @ 3:30pm Where: Austin Convention Center Room 17A Hear about the trials, tribulations and […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

March 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Kardashians Face Legal Troubles Over Khroma Beauty Line

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Two separate companies are involved in trademark infringement disputes with the Kardashian sisters and Boldface Group Inc., which markets their beauty line, over the name Khroma. In one lawsuit, Chroma Cosmetics claims trademark infringement over the similar name. Chroma apparently first learned of the idea of using the name Khroma via an episode of Keeping […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am

Author Cornwell’s Lawsuit Over Alleged Missing Millions

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Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell has sued those who were in charge of handling her money because, she alleges, millions of dollars are missing from her accounts. Cornwell claims that her financial management company and business manager were negligent, in breach of contract, and cost her company millions of dollars in losses through risky investments and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 17th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Should Celebrity Depositions Be Sealed?

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*UPDATED BELOW* Actor Nicolas Cage is fighting to keep his upcoming deposition in a real estate lawsuit under wraps so tabloids can’t get a hold of it. Cage is being sued for allegedly concealing problems with a property he sold in Los Angeles. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cage’s Venice property sustained water damage about […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 5th, 2012 at 10:20 am