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Sherman Hemsley Will Ruled Valid; Funeral Scheduled

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Finally, Sherman Hemsley, best known as televisions’ George Jefferson, can be laid to rest after his July death because his will has been ruled valid by a Texas judge. As we discussed previously, Hemsley’s burial had been held up when a man claiming to be his brother came forward to contest Hemsley’s will. Richard Thornton […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 20th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Oprah Goes Organic with New Trademarks

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Oprah Winfrey has filed several trademark applications that would cover a variety of organic foods, personal care items, and other products. The talk show host queen’s move to trademark “Oprah’s Organics” as well as “Oprah’s Harvest” and “Oprah’s Farm” indicate that Winfrey is likely seeking to expand her empire into previously uncharted territory: food, specifically […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 18th, 2012 at 10:20 am

Legal Issues Surrounding Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce

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Whether you were surprised or not at the news of the break-up of the five-and-a-half-year marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one thing is for certain: this could get legally messy really fast. Of course whenever we hear of a celebrity split-up, we wonder about the infamous prenup. A prenuptial agreement “is a contract […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 2nd, 2012 at 10:32 am

Johnny Gill Sued Over Tweets

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Courtney Love and faithful LegalZoom blog readers know that Twitter is ripe for lawsuits, but apparently recording artist Johnny Gill didn’t get the memo. My, my, my, Johnny. TMZ reports that Gill has been sued by Ira DeWitt, the CEO of Notifi Records, Gill’s label, over a series of Twitter postings based on Gill’s belief […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

NFL Player Suing Ex-Girlfriend for Return of Engagement Ring

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Professional football player Roy Williams, currently with the Dallas Cowboys, has filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels for the return of an engagement ring. The couple had been together for nearly a year when last February, Williams sent the $76,000 ring and a recorded message to propose marriage to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 7th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Tom Petty vs. Michele Bachmann

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When Republican Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for US president on June 27, she used Tom Petty’s “American Girl” to rally her supporters. And Petty didn’t like it. The musician’s lawyers were reportedly working on a cease and desist before the day was out. Bachmann shouldn’t have been surprised. When George W. Bush tried to […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 1st, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Trademark Rejection, Eviction, Bankruptcy Questions and More – Free Joe Friday 6/17/11

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Would I be able to do a will of my wishes after I’m gone, without involving an attorney? Will this be legal and enforceable?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

June 21st, 2011 at 6:36 am

Courtney Love Tweets Her Way Into Another Lawsuit

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Back in March, Courtney Love settled a Twitter-related lawsuit out of court, but she now finds herself again the defendant in a cause of action for tweeting an allegedly libelous statement. Last week, the San Diego law firm of Gordon & Holmes filed a complaint against Love for allegedly implying that one of its lawyers […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 1st, 2011 at 7:26 am

George Clinton Sues Black Eyed Peas for Copyright Infringement

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The legendary, Funkadelic George Clinton is suing the Black Eyed Peas alleging copyright infringement. Clinton’s complaint accuses the group of illegally sampling his 1979 “(Not Just) Knee Deep” on their “Shut Up Remix” and “Shut the Phunk Up Remix” and seeks an injunction to stop distribution of the song and the maximum statutory damages of […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 14th, 2010 at 10:01 am

Lindsay Lohan v. E*Trade: The Plaintiff’s Brief

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Remember when we talked about the Lindsay Lohan v. E*Trade lawsuit? For those who don’t remember, the quick version is that E*Trade made a commercial featuring a “milkaholic” boyfriend-stealing baby named Lindsay, and Lohan sued for $100 million alleging that the ad defamed her and violated her right to privacy through its use of her […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 26th, 2010 at 10:03 am