Appears so. Daily Dot says: As abruptly as he filed it, Prince has rescinded his lawsuit against 22 fans who made his bootlegs easily available online. Why? Perhaps he had a sympathetic turn.T he suit certainly seemed a bit harsh: $1 million in damages against each defendant for sharing bootlegged concert recordings. The suit didn't claim the defendants were making money from the files, and not many live Prince shows are available for purchase legally. What's more, the conventional legal means of taking down copyrighted content, sending a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to the website hosting it, seemed to have already worked. The sites named in Prince's suit no longer had those files when the Daily Dot tried to access them. The docs are here. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, so it can be revived. FIGHTING WORDS Pizza is Meh, say New Yorkers. If I had to subsist on their version of the stuf, I might agree. That the Internet’s constant … [Read more...] about Did Prince just call off the lawsuit?
What's the defense here? They didn't ask? The insurers of Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" London comeback concerts have asked a judge to nullify a $17.5 million policy taken out by promoters, saying they were never told that the singer was taking powerful drugs. Underwriters at Lloyds of London filed a lawsuit against AEG Live and Jackson's company in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, asking a judge to solve the insurance dispute almost two years after the "Thriller" singer's death. Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on June 25 after rehearsing for the upcoming series of 50 concerts in London. Authorities said he died of a massive dose of the anesthetic propofol and a cocktail of other sedatives and painkillers. Imagine that meeting: so, is this strange, reclusive fellow we’re about to insure for a huge amount of money in good health?” “Absolutely." “Fine! Let’s sign the papers." “Oh, he is taking powerful drugs, now that we think of it. … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson lives on, through lawsuits
AP photo So a guy sues Beyonce because he says her video shoot interfered with his life. Some people will side with Beyonce, because she is Beyonce and this person was just hatin’ and so what if he was late getting home??? Shes an ARTIST and they cant just stop becaus he wants to drive throu the street and ruine the mood. Or you may believe that someone was stupid enough to keep this fellow from driving home, because we got a permit for the street, and I don’t care if you live up there, pal, we have to shoot this scene where she walks down the street with a tiger and six dancers and a 747 lands behind her. It’s for new song. Or perfume or something. Anyway, it’s all done now: A lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles man upset with the disruption from a Beyonce Knowles music video shoot has been dismissed and settled. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed Philip Markowitz's suit against the Grammy-winning singer on Friday. Markowitz's lawsuit … [Read more...] about Beyonce-related lawsuit goes away
AP photo Boys, boys: The owner of an RV dealership recently sued by Taylor Lautner for allegedly failing to deliver a customized rig on time has issued a unique challenge to the "Twilight" star: push up or shut up. Brent McMahon, owner of the Irvine, Calif.-based McMahon's RV, held a press conference Monday to challenge the buffed-up Lautner to settle his lawsuit with a push-up contest. That's right, whoever can do the most push-ups wins -- or at least gets some money donated to charity. That’s the sort of wee-hah American spirit you like to see. Can’t you imagine McMahon in a Stetson and a string tie, too? Lautner’s camp responds: "This suit is not about a 'customized' RV, it is about McMahon's RV's refusal to deliver the vehicle in the safe, drivable condition that was promised, as every purchaser has the right to expect. A cursory review of McMahon's RV's record with the Better Business Bureau shows that this is a repeated pattern of conduct; Mr. Lautner … [Read more...] about “Twilight” star lawsuit just got weird
Descendants of Dakota Indians have filed a new federal lawsuit, hoping to reclaim 12 square miles in southern Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of the great great-grandchildren of Dakota who helped white settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War 152 years ago. If successful, roughly 100 farmers in Renville, Sibley and Redwood counties would be among those “ejected” from the 12 miles near Morton, Minn. The legal action is the latest attempt in what has amounted to years of litigation from the great-great grandchildren of so-called “friendly” Dakota who helped white settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War 152 years ago. An 1863 act of Congress, which has never been repealed, set aside 12 miles for the Dakota who stayed out of the bloody, five-week war and aided white settlers. A similar attempt to collect damages wound its way through federal claims court, eventually losing on appeal after nearly a dozen years of litigation. “People … [Read more...] about New lawsuit asks for 12 square miles in southern MN for Dakota descendants