Rock 'n' roll icon Chubby Checker has settled a trademark infringement suit regarding a naughty new app with Hewlett-Packard bosses. The Twist singer, real name Ernest Evans, sued executives at the computer company last year (13) after learning they were selling the app they had jokingly titled "the Chubby Checker", which estimates the size of a man's penis based on his shoe size.
The company chiefs filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming they had removed the app within days of receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Evan's legal team, but a judge agreed with the plaintiff and allowed his trademark infringement case to continue.
But now the two parties have reached an agreement. HP chiefs admit no liability but have agreed not to make use of the singer's stage name, related trademarks or likeness.
Evans' claims of unfair competition and right of publicity were previously dismissed when the judge overseeing the case ruled that online service providers cannot be held responsible for the content third parties publish on them.
Illegal cycling charges against Alec Baldwin will be dismissed if the actor stays out of trouble. The 30 Rock star was served with a summons in May (14) after New York police caught him cycling north, against the flow of traffic, along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.
He was also cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly chastising officers for demanding to see identification he didn't have in his possession.
Baldwin appeared before a judge on Thursday morning (24Jul14) to answer the count, but refused to offer up an apology to the two female cops who confronted him in May and instead told the court, "I’d rather pay the fine".
However, Judge John Delury decided instead on an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, giving the actor the chance to have the incident wiped off his record if he remains on his best behaviour for the next six months.
During the brief hearing, the judge asked Baldwin, "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?", to which he replied, "Sure, sure", prompting Delury to bid farewell by saying, "Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day."
The star had previously blasted police department officials for cracking down on cycling misdemeanours, taking to his Twitter.com blog and writing, "New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign."
A judge has given Shia Labeouf six weeks to agree a deal with prosecutors over his disorderly conduct case. The Transformers star appeared in court in New York City on Thursday morning (24Jul14) for a hearing connected to his arrest at a Broadway theatre last month (Jun14).
LaBeouf, 28, who was detained by police for disrupting a production of Cabaret, has denied charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, but his lawyer G. Robert Gage is attempting to work out a plea deal.
During the hearing on Thursday, the judge overseeing the case at the Manhattan court gave both sides six weeks to agree a resolution and ordered the star back for another hearing on 10 September (14).
After the Broadway outburst, LaBeouf enrolled in an outpatient rehab program to tackle his drinking.
Justin Bieber has landed a small role as a convict in his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez's new film, Behaving Badly.
The Come and Get It singer's latest movie features her as a straight-laced high school student who ends up on a "rock 'n' roll-themed odyssey" with her friend, played by The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff.
Their barely-legal shenanigans bring them to a prison, and in a clip from the film, Bieber makes a very brief cameo as a fellow inmate, donning an orange jumpsuit and shuffling in the background of the scene.
Ironically, Bieber's appearance is art imitating life - the Baby hitmaker has had his own slew of legal troubles over the past year, including a DUI charge after he was accused of drag racing with a pal in Miami Beach, Florida in January (14), allegations he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13), and an assault lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami following an altercation last summer (13).
Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon has scored a legal victory against her former interior designer after winning permission to sue him. The fashion mogul hit celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard with legal papers claiming he charged her $2 million (£1.2 million) for work on her New York City apartment and Hamptons home that "would not be acceptable in a college frat house".
In the legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Mellon accuses Bullard of leaving her home in disrepair - with broken bookshelves, peeling wallpaper, and a chandelier which was not properly secured to the ceiling - when he claimed he was finished with the project.
In addition, Mellon claims Bullard grossly overcharged, stating in the lawsuit that he billed her $35,000 (£20,545) for eight chairs purchased at a low-end store, as well as misjudging the size of a marble slab set to go into her New York City flat, so it had to be lifted via crane into the apartment. Mellon alleges Bullard charged her for the crane fee and added a 67 per cent fee for himself.
Bullard petitioned to have the lawsuit dismissed, however a judge in Los Angeles rejected his efforts on Wednesday (23Jul14).
The interior designer has had a slew of celebrity clients, including Cher, Eva Mendes and Christina Aguilera, and he was also featured on U.S. reality TV docu-series Million Dollar Decorators, in which Mellon appeared in a 2011 episode.
Pharrell Williams has moved to end the ongoing legal feud between the producers of the Blurred Lines hit and Marvin Gaye's family by urging a judge to hand him and Robin Thicke a victory without the need for a jury trial. Gaye's kids claim Blurred Lines is substantially similar to the soul man's Got to Give It Up hit and they've been locked in a legal spat with Thicke, Williams and T.I. - the brains behind the 2013 summer anthem - for the best part of a year.
Producer Williams and singer Thicke filed a lawsuit against the family in order to secure a ruling that their song wasn't an infringement of Got to Give It Up, but Frankie and Nona Gaye countersued, alleging that Thicke had a "Marvin Gaye fixation".
The case has rumbled on, but now Williams is keen to end it, and in a motion for summary judgment, filed this week (beg21Jul14), his lawyer writes, "The only reason Defendants claim infringement here is because Plaintiffs made certain comments in promoting their record about being inspired by Marvin Gaye. Defendants smelled money and rushed to make their infringement demand, but they chose to ignore that the songs had no similarity in actual notes or phrases.
"Musical elements of GIVE that are not contained in the composition - such as the 'groove' of the sound recording, the sounds of the instruments, or other recording or performance elements (e.g., falsetto singing, party noise) - simply have no bearing on the infringement claim here."
Meanwhile, Williams' legal team have made it clear that it is not impressed with a musicology report that has been offered as evidence by Gaye's family, claiming it doesn't even identify two consecutive notes with the same pitch and duration and placement in the two songs.
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The cast of The Avengers are many things: talented, good-looking, charming and some of the biggest stars on the planet. It seems like everywhere you look lately there’s always at least one member of the team in the news, on movie screens or on the cover of a magazine at any given moment. The buzz surrounding them hasn’t diminished since Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrapped up the Captain America: The Winter Soldier press tour, either. If anything, it’s only gotten stronger as we reach the peak of blockbuster season and head into Oscar territory.
And with good reason: the cast of The Avengers is having a pretty great year. But which one of them is having the best 2014 of them all? Is Johansson’s second blockbuster of the year – this Friday’s Lucy – enough to balance out Mark Ruffalo’s awards buzz? Can Chris Hemsworth come out on top due to good looks alone? We've broken down the Year in Avengers:
7. Robert Downey Jr. What He’s Done: Played a supporting role in Jon Favreau’s sleeper hit Chef; starring opposite Robert Duvall in The Judge, which will be released in October; named the highest-paid movie star in the world for the second year in a row How He’s Doing: Pretty good. Not like, Tony Stark pre-arc-reactor-good, but pretty darn good.
6. Jeremy Renner What He’s Done: A guest stint on the epic two-part episode of Louie (the two-part episode “In The Woods”); receiving awards buzz for his starring role in Kill the Messenger, which hits theaters in October How He’s Doing: You know, sometimes you just have to take some time an build up your critical acclaim.
5. Chris Hemsworth What He’s Done: Helped his wife, Elsa Pataky, raise their twin sons, who were born in March, as well as their 2 year-old daughter How He’s Doing: Have you seen him? He’s doing great.
4. Mark Ruffalo What He’s Done: Earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in A Normal Heart; starred in the charming but not-great Begin Again with Kiera Knightley; starred in the highly-anticipated Foxcatcher, which will finally open in November How He’s Doing: Aw, look at him riding a unicycle on a talk show! Isn’t he charming? No, don’t think about Begin Again, just focus on the charm.
3. Tom Hiddleston What He’s Done: Earned an Olivier Award (the UK equivalent of the Tonys) for playing the title role in Coriolanus; starred opposite the mystical Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive; had a cameo in Muppets Most Wanted; starred in a Jaguar commercial that was banned in the UK How He’s Doing: If the Loki fans say he’s doing well, then we do too. (We’ll say whatever they want, honestly, we’re a little scared of them.)
2. Chris Evans What He’s Done: Starred in the post-apocalyptic indie hit Snowpiercer; his directorial debut Before We Go is premiering at TIFF in September; filmed A Many Splintered Thing which is slated for release later this year How He’s Doing: He just spent four months hanging out with Anthony Mackie – he’s having a great year.
1. Scarlett Johansson What She’s Done: Dated Jon Favreau in Chef; kicked serious butt as a super-powered party girl in Lucy; terrified men everywhere in Under the Skin; got engaged to a handsome Frenchman; got pregnant; will reportedly get married in August How She’s Doing: 2014 is pretty much Johansson’s year. The rest of the Avengers are just living in it.
A judge in New York City has signed off on a $1.8 million (£1.1 million) record deal for a school-age heavy metal group. The three youngsters from Brooklyn who form Unlocking the Truth, Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, Alec Atkins, 13, and Jarad Dawkins, 12, landed the lucrative deal with Sony Records, but the contract had to be reviewed in court because the bandmembers are minors.
The deal was signed off by a judge in Manhattan on Tuesday (22Jul14), allowing the band to press head with the release of its first single, Monster, this week (beg21Jul14).
U.S. TV personality Sherri Shepherd will maintain physical custody of her nine-year-old son after winning a court battle on Monday (21Jul14). Since April (14), the former The View co-host had been locked in a legal tussle with her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley, who sought full custody of their son Jeffrey by claiming Shepherd was too busy to look after him properly.
On Monday, a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court ruled against Tarpley's request, adding that "there has not been a material change in circumstances," to warrant altering custody arrangements, according to documents obtained by People.com.
Shepherd celebrated on Twitter.com, writing, "God is good! Victory!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth (sic) much!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers! #tearfulmama (sic)."
However, her legal troubles are not over. Her battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally over their unborn baby, which is being carried by a surrogate, is still unresolved. Shepherd filed for divorce from Sally in May (14).
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John Travolta's former pilot has won a bid to challenge the validity of a confidentiality agreement he signed when he left the movie's star's aircraft company Alto in 1987.
A judge in California has given Douglas Gotterba permission to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor, despite claims to contrary by the Pulp Fiction star's lawyer Marty Singer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gotterba, who worked for Travolta for six years, upset the star when he revealed plans to write a book about his time with the actor as part of a National Enquirer interview - and Singer sent out cease-and-desist missives, accusing the former employee of breaching a confidentiality agreement.
Gotterba has since sued Travolta and Alto bosses, seeking a judicial declaration about which agreement was valid and whether confidentiality was really enforceable.