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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

The following lawsuits exemplify the lighter, and sometimes bizarre, side of the corporate legal world.

Kim Kardashian

 

Comedian vs. Kardashian

Comedian Rob Delaney is accusing celebrity Kim Kardashian of perpetrating her 72-day marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries as a publicity stunt and is suing the couple for $18 million“not a lot,” he tells MTV Newsas an incentive for them to stay married.

Explaining his lawsuit as a way to preserve the sanctity of marriage, Delaney says he wants the couple to work out their differences because the promotional billboards and publicity surrounding the wedding were “offensive.” Though critics say Delaney’s lawsuit is as phony as he claims the Kardashian-Humphries marriage to be, Delaney says he is “deadly serious.”

Justin Bieber

Bieber and Baby

It’s not easy being the reigning teen king of pop. “Baby” singer Justin Bieber was hit with a paternity lawsuit from a 20-year-old California woman claiming she got pregnant after having sex with the 17-year-old pop star backstage at one of his Los Angeles concerts. However, Bieber’s publicist told ABC News the suit is false, calling the allegations “malicious” and “defamatory.”

The drama escalated by the end of the week, with Bieber claiming he never met the woman, though he still may have to submit to a paternity test if the woman’s lawyers provide credible evidence.

Frame and Fortune

In an elaborate posthumous scheme, a legendary Manhattan radio producer deceived his estranged family. Himan Brown, who died last year, had a collection of priceless paintings he had promised his son Barry and daughter Hilda. However, Barry claims the 34 paintings his father left behind, including works by Picasso and Degas, were actually worthless forgeries, and he is suing his late father's estate for $27 million.

Himan’s wife kept the paintings after the two divorced, but he reclaimed possession when she died in 1974. Since then, legal battles created a rift between Barry and Himan, leading to their estrangement. In a final betrayal, Himan left no indication of the whereabouts of the real paintings.

Ugly Reality

Reality TV can be an unpredictable realm in the entertainment world, but a new lawsuit this week shows its uglier side. A cast member of MTV’s “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins,” claims male cast members on the show sexually assaulted her during production, according to reports from TMZ.

In the lawsuit, Tonya Cooley is suing MTV Bunim/Murray Productions and alleges the show’s producers knew about the assaults, including a time when she was raped with a toothbrush while passed out. The lawsuit also states producers encouraged male cast members to “inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies.”

Cooley was kicked off the show for slapping a fellow cast member, but says nothing is being done for her and other female cast members who report the sexual abuse.

Wedding

Wedding Woes

A groom who was outraged when wedding photographers didn't document the last 15 minutes of his wedding is demanding that the photography studio pay to reenact the weddingdespite having divorced his bride last year.

Todd Remis, who is suing respected New York-based H&H Photographers eight years after his wedding took place, is demanding $48,000 from the studio to recreate the wedding. Although State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan dismissed most of Remis' claims, she is allowing the case to proceed regarding a breach of contract.

KardashiansComedian vs. Kardashian

Comedian Rob Delaney is accusing celebrity Kim Kardashian of perpetrating her 72-day marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries as a publicity stunt and is suing the couple for $18 million – “not a lot,” he tells MTV News – as an incentive for them to stay married. Explaining his lawsuit as a way to preserve the sanctity of marriage, Delaney says he wants the couple to work out their differences because the promotional billboards and publicity surrounding the wedding were “offensive.” Though critics say Delaney’s lawsuit is as phony as he claims the Kardashian-Humphries marriage to be, Delaney says he is “deadly serious.”

Bieber and Baby

It’s not easy being the reigning teen king of pop. The “Baby” singer Justin Bieber was hit with a paternity lawsuit from a 20-year-old California woman claiming she got pregnant after having sex with the 17-year-old pop star backstage at one of his Los Angeles concerts. However, Bieber’s publicist told ABC News the suit is false, calling the allegations “malicious” and “defamatory.” The drama escalated by the end of the week, with Bieber claiming he never met the woman, though he still may have to submit to a paternity test if the woman’s lawyers provide credible evidence.

Frame and Fortune

In an elaborate posthumous scheme, a legendary Manhattan radio producer deceived his estranged family. Himan Brown, who died last year, had a collection of priceless paintings he had promised his son Barry and daughter Hilda. However, Barry claims the 34 paintings he his father left behind, including works by Picasso and Degas, were actually worthless forgeries,, according to a new lawsuit from Barry Brown. Barry and he is seeking suing his late father’s estate for $27 million against his late father’s estate. The former radio announcerHiman’s wife kept the paintings after the two divorced, but he reclaimed possession when she died in 1974. Since then, legal battles created a rift between Barry and Himan, leading to their estrangement. In a final betrayal, Himan left no indication of the whereabouts of the real paintings.

Ugly RealityReal World

Reality TV can be an unpredictable realm in the entertainment world, but a new lawsuit this week shows its uglier side. A cast member of MTV’s “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins,” claims male cast members on the show sexually assaulted her during production, according to reports from TMZ. In the lawsuit, Tonya Cooley is suing MTV Bunim/Murray Productions and alleges the show’s producers knew about the assaults, including a time when she was raped with a toothbrush while passed out. The lawsuit also states producers encouraged male cast members to “inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies.” Cooley was kicked off the show for slapping a fellow cast member, but says nothing is being done for her and other female cast members who report the sexual abuse.

Wedding PhotographyWedding Woes

A missed 15 minutes has led to a lawsuit against a wedding photography studio in New York from a man seeking to reenact his weddingA groom who was outraged when wedding photographers didn’t document the last 15 minutes of his wedding is demanding that the photography studio pay to reenact the wedding – despite having divorced his bride in 2010last year. Todd Remis,  decided to sue the who is suing respected New York-based H&H Photographers eight years after the marriage his wedding took placeand, in a bizarre manner of holding on to memories, is demanding $48,000 from the studio to recreate the wedding. Although State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan dismissed most of the grounds for the lawsuitRemis’ claims, but has allowed she is allowing the case to proceed regarding a breach of contract.

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