Led Zeppelin's new entertainment lawyer has asked a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit over the British band's Stairway To Heaven hit on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction. The rockers are fighting a copyright infringement claim filed in Pennsylvania against the group in May (14) by Francis Malofiy, a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Malofiy alleges the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to California's work on his 1968 song Taurus and is demanding credit for at least inspiring Led Zeppelin's 1971 release.
Guitarist Jimmy Page previously dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and now top attorney Helene Freeman is seeking to have the case thrown out of court.
In a motion to dismiss, Freeman writes, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.
"Under established case law, no good faith basis exists to argue the Court has general jurisdiction over them."
Led Zeppelin hired Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, earlier this month (Sep14), to help them win the case.
Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe, was born in Los Angeles.
Justin Bieber is "relieved" after prosecutors in Canada dropped an assault charge against him on Monday (08Sep14).
The troubled pop star was accused of attacking a limousine driver in Toronto last year (13), but officials withdraw the charge against the 20-year-old star during a hearing at a court in the city. Officials insist they could not prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" Bieber was the offender because there were several other passengers in the car at the time of the incident.
Prosecutor David Mitchell told the court they had decided not to proceed with the case as there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction," adding, "There were a number of people in the vehicle seated behind the driver at the time of the incident, and the (prosecution) is not in a position to establish the identification of the person who came into contact with the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence available."
Bieber's lawyer Brian Greenspan told reporters outside the court, "(Bieber) was obviously relieved... (and feels ready to) get on with his busy career with one less diversion... This is an example of the system working as it should. Police laid the charge after a complaint was made and the (prosecution) did its job by reviewing all the evidence before reaching the correct decision."
The news comes as a boost to Bieber following a string of recent convictions for his bad boy behaviour. He was convicted of vandalism in July (14) for pelting a neighbour's house with eggs, and he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14) stemming from an arrest in Miami Beach, Florida earlier in the year (14).
Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault following an altercation in his native Ontario, Canada on Friday (29Aug14).
Reports suggest the pop star was riding an all-terrain vehicle when it was involved in a collision with a minivan and that led to a fight. A spokesperson for Ontario Provincial Police tells the Associated Press Bieber was released on a promise to appear in court on 29 September (14).
Bieber's latest legal woe could land him back behind bars - Los Angeles County Probation Department officials have since launched an investigation into the weekend arrest to determine if it violates his probation from his misdemeanour vandalism case, relating to an egging attack on a California neighbour's home. That case was settled in July (14), when he was sentenced to five days of community service, 12 weeks of anger management counselling, and two years of probation. Probation bosses have 30 days to lodge any alleged violation in court, reports TMZ.com.
The singer also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14), seven months after he was booked in Miami Beach, Florida.
He is also facing legal action after allegedly assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, Canada in December (13).
Actress Jamie Chung is convinced her movie co-star Selena Gomez will be "fine" despite her rumoured reunion with troubled singer Justin Bieber.
Gomez and the Baby hitmaker have been dating on and off since 2010 and sparked rumours of a reconciliation last month (Aug14) when they were spotted together on a trip to Ontario, Canada, where Bieber grew up. Many fans fear Gomez will be dragged down by Bieber, who has had a turbulent 2014 with various scandals including a DUI arrest and a court case over an egg-throwing incident.
However, Chung, who stars with Gomez in upcoming comedy Rudderless, is adamant the young star will not be adversely influenced by her beau.
Chung tells the New York Daily News, "She has a good head on her shoulders. She comes from a really good family. In terms of her personal decisions, you can't tell someone what to do. They're going to discover that on their own. I have faith that she'll be just fine. I know who she is and she's a really great girl."
Rita Ora has spoken out in defence of troubled pop star Justin Bieber following his conviction in Florida this week (beg11Aug14), insisting she is a big fan of his new bad boy image. The 20-year-old singer has dashed his clean-cut reputation in recent months with a slew of legal troubles, including a conviction on a vandalism charge for pelting a neighbour's house with eggs, and pleading guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest stemming from a DUI bust in Florida.
However, Ora is adamant Bieber's antics, which also include an ongoing prosecution in his native Canada on an assault charge, just make him more attractive.
In an upcoming interview with 4Music.com show Rock The Look With Rimmel London, Ora is asked whether she "fancies" Bieber and she replies, "Who doesn't?"
Ora goes on to add, "I think everyone feels the Bieber fever the same way. I like how he's evolved, he's growing up, he's doing his thing. I like his stance and how he carries himself."
This week (beg11Aug14), Bieber was sentenced to anger management classes, ordered to pay a series of fines, and told to donate $50,000 (£29,412) to a local children's charity as part of a plea deal stemming from his DUI case.
Justin Bieber has escaped a DUI conviction after striking a plea deal and agreeing to complete an anger management course following his arrest in Florida earlier this year (14). The Baby hitmaker was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving on an expired licence in January (14) after he was caught drag racing with a pal in Miami Beach.
He pleaded not guilty to the counts and the case was due to go to trial later this summer (14).
However, his attorney Mark Shapiro has managed to negotiate a deal with prosecutors, which was officially accepted in court on Wednesday (13Aug14).
Bieber was not present for the hearing, during which Shapiro entered guilty pleas on his behalf for misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest.
Under the terms of the agreement, the DUI count was dropped and the singer was ordered to complete 12 hours of anger management counselling, pay a series of fines, and donate $50,000 (£29,412) to a local children's charity, which Bieber has already done.
It's the latest legal victory for Bieber - last month (Jul14), he also settled a misdemeanour vandalism case by pleading no contest to the count, relating to a reported egg attack on a California neighbour's home earlier this year (14).
He is still facing prosecution in Canada amid allegations he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13), and he is also fighting an assault lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami following an altercation last summer (13).
Life is often stranger than fiction, and we have proof of it today with news that pop star Justin Bieber saved a man from a bear attack. We'll give you a moment to take that in.
A 42 year-old fisherman named Igor Vorozhbitsyn was minding his business, fishing in Russia's Yakutia Republic, when he was attacked by a brown bear. He explained that he was walking to his car, when suddenly "there was a tremendous impact on my back and the bear was on top of me." In a case of what has to be the greatest timing ever, someone called him, and his phone began to ring just as the bear was clawing the poor man. Luckily for him, his granddaughter had jokingly changed his ringtone to Bieber's Baby, and as soon as the bear heard it, he ran off. Because brown bears in Yakutia Republic literally cannot stand Justin Bieber.
He may not be your favorite pop star, but at least his music is out here saving awesome-sounding fisherman granddads from bear attacks.
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Justin Bieber's DUI case has been postponed again at the request of lawyers for both the pop superstar and Florida prosecutors. The Baby hitmaker stands accused of resisting arrest and driving under the influence (DUI) after he was caught drag racing with a pal in Miami Beach in January (14).
The case was expected to go to trial this summer (14), but the two sides have been trying to work out a plea deal for the past few weeks, and at a brief hearing on 16 July (14), they were granted an additional three weeks to secure an agreement.
They returned to Miami-Dade County Court on Tuesday (05Aug14), when they were again given extra time to work on the case.
A hearing to determine whether Bieber will be tried on the misdemeanour charges has now been scheduled for next Wednesday (13Aug14).
The 20 year old, who was not in court on Tuesday, has pleaded not guilty to the counts.
The singer is currently on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanour vandalism in July (14) following an egging incident on a California neighbour's home earlier this year (14).
He is also facing prosecution in Canada amid allegations he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13), and he is still fighting an assault lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami following an altercation last summer (13).
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Another day, another Justin Bieber scandal. In the past, many of Hollywood’s elite have voiced their negative opinions of the Biebs, but recently Orlando Bloom chose to use his fists instead. Early Wednesday morning, it appears that the Biebs and Bloom were in less of a partying mood, and more of a fighting one. It’s not clear what sparked the fight (as if you need a reason to hit Bieber), but we’re totally #TeamOrlando. Bloom joins the ranks of these other celebrity Bieber-haters.
This funny man first tweeted his sincerest feelings about Bieber back in January:
All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of shit.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 23, 2014
When he appeared on Howard Stern's radio show, Rogen elaborated with a story. When Rogen and Bieber were both guests on a German talk show, a member of Bieber's team reached out to Rogen because the pop star wanted to meet him. It wasn’t exactly the meet up he’d expected.
"[...] I went outside to meet him and he was acting like I asked to meet him. It was very nonchalant, 'Yo man. Wassup,' and I was like, 'What the f*ck, I don't give a f*ck about, I don't want to meet you. Don't act all nonplussed to meet me. I didn't want to meet you. I was totally cool not meeting you… But I was like, fine, I wouldn't have said anything, I was like, 'He's a bit of a motherf*cker. Whatever. He's young, the kid's a dick.'"
In 2012, Bell began his hobby of being Justin Bieber's biggest hater, using Twitter as his weapon. At first, the tweets were pretty tame.
I wouldn't randomly bash @katyperry....bieber however lol
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 3, 2012
It didn't stop there, though. Bell continued poking fun at Bieber’s talent and his "crazy" #beliebers over time. It’s become commonplace in the Twitter world for Bell to shoot off a crack or two about Bieber. But more recently, Bell has unleashed his true and honest hatred for Bieber.
When is someone going to tell this idiot he can't draw.His art is almost as bad as his music. Talentless artless pic.twitter.com/N3xiPFfQNz
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) January 16, 2014
Wilde isn’t a fan of how often Bieber is shirtless (same Olivia, same). She took to Twitter last March to rant, “Bieber, put your f*cking shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)” She's since deleted this tweet.
The former Saturday Night Live cast member doesn’t have any fond memories from when Bieber hosted the late-night gig. Hader even considers Bieber the worst host in the show's history.
When he appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show, McHale was asked why someone would egg a house. His quick response was, “Because he’s a f*cking idiot.”
In his interview with Men’s Health, Hamm made it apparent that he believes Bieber is a person without any real life skills.
"Look at Bieber or whoever. You’re like, ‘What the fuck, man? What are you doing? Why?’ There’s no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame. Is there a mom or a dad or a really good friend who can say, ‘Hey, shithead!’ You see people in the world and you’re like, ‘Do you know how a washing machine works? Do you know how to wash a dish?’ Life skills are something we’re missing.”
Jon Bon Jovi:
Bon Jovi, whose career spans longer than Bieber’s life, talked to The London Evening Standard about Bieber’s blatant disregard for his fans, showing up anywhere from an hour to two hours late to his concerts.
"Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new. [...] Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It’s really not cool — you’re an asshole. Go to f***in’ work!”
Like some of us, Wilson wanted to look back on the good ol’ Bieber days. We might have separate opinions on what those actually are, however.
Im starting to miss the young, adorable mop bucket peeing, house egging & strip club raging Bieber of 2013. #belieber #DUIeber
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) January 23, 2014
Like Drake Bell, Padalecki has no shame in taunting Bieber on Twitter. During the scandalous “Egg-gate,” Padalecki tweeted the star directly.
"Hey @justinbieber, how much are you paying your friend for pretending that it was HIS cocaine, and taking the fall for you?"
Braff was there to tweet what we all really felt when Bieber’s life became a DUI, drag-racing hot mess.
Who amongst us hasn't drag-raced a Lambo in Miami on pills? #FreeBieber
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 23, 2014
Another tweeter-than-deleter, Biggs once went off on a massive Twitter rant, unleashing some intense feelings about the Biebs.
“Can you beat the c*** out of Bieber? Is that what you can do?”
“Maybe the police kept getting contact highs whenever they went over there?”
“I would get my actual jaguar and smear him in meat when I went to make my citizen’s arrest.”
And of course, the most recent, Orlando Bloom:
Bloom finally did what we’ve all wanted to do, if we’re being honest, and took a swing at Bieber. This may not actually count as a fight, but we’re still going to say Bloom totally won.
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Orlando Bloom Throws Punch at Justin Bieber
Bonus points: Bloom's Lord Of The Rings buddy, Dominic Monaghan, had the best reaction to this situation, ever.
.@TheLadBible: Orlando has won infinite lad points after punching Justin Bieber last night in Ibiza For the shire! http://t.co/yotFnVReEj”
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) July 30, 2014
Pop star Justin Bieber has been photographed apparently drinking beer in a nightclub in breach of strict age-limit laws.
The Baby hitmaker, 20, headed to the popular Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood, California this week (ends20Jul14) with controversial singer Chris Brown and was snapped topless and clutching a bottle of lager as he chatted to a female reveller.
The legal age for drinking alcohol in the U.S. is 21, and editors at TMZ.com report officials at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are investigating whether the venue's owners have breached conditions of their licence. The nightclub is co-owned by actor David Arquette.
The incident is the latest scandal for Bieber - he is currently at the centre of a driving under the influence (DUI) case following his arrest in Miami, Florida in January (14), and he is also facing prosecution in his native Canada over claims he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13).