Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor settled an age-old suit when she visited Sesame Street to rule on Goldilocks v. Baby Bear. Goldilocks was charged with breaking and entering and destruction of property, namely Baby Bear’s chair. Noting that “accidents happen,” Justice Sotomayor ordered Goldilocks to help Baby Bear repair his chair. And while some criticized the light sentence, Sesame Street residents seemed happy with the verdict.
A Wisconsin woman is facing 33 fraud, theft, forgery and drug charges for allegedly selling fake Facebook stock after the social media site announced its plans to go public. Prosecutors say Marianne Oleson gave $14,000 of fake stock to a contractor in exchange for concrete work, and that she sold more than $40,000 of stock to another 66-year-old man. Oleson told the men she owned $1 million of Facebook stock because her daughter attended Harvard with company founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Bad boyfriends beware: your indiscretions can now be used as online fodder by ex-girlfriends. This after a Manhattan district judge threw out a tortious interference lawsuit filed by Matthew Couloute Jr. Couloute sued two ex-girlfriends for allegedly posting insulting statements about him on LiarsCheatersRUs.com. One post called Couloute “scum”; another said the former prosecutor “lied and cheated his entire way through his 40 years of life.”
Pop star Britney Spears has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to end a $10 million fragrance lawsuit. Brand Sense Partners acted as a middleman in a perfume deal between Spears and Elizabeth Arden. They claim that the singer promised them 35 percent of the profits from her “Radiance” scent, but then cut them out of the proceeds by making a direct deal with Elizabeth Arden. Ironically, Spears was once sued by her former bodyguard for smelling bad.
Kansas City Royals star George Brett racked up Hall of Fame stats throughout his career, but it apparently wasn’t because of his company’s ionic accessories. According to a lawsuit filed in an Iowa federal court, Brett Bros. Sports International falsely claimed that its line of ionic necklaces used titanium ions to increase focus, reduce fatigue and pain and improve overall athletic performance. Iowa man Seth Thompson was the first to complain that his $30 necklace failed to boost his athleticism, but lawyers are now seeking class-action status for the suit.
Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is being sued by unhappy neighbors who claim that a leak in her Greenwich Village apartment caused more than $128,000 in water damage to their downstairs units. Parties to the lawsuit include The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and “Pink Flamingos” director John Waters. According to the Wall Street Journal, Waters stated in an e-mail that the suit was a standard insurance claim, and that there is no animosity between him and Tomei.
Apple Inc. reached a settlement in its ongoing class-action lawsuit over problems with the iPhone 4’s reception. Dubbed “Antennagate,” the suit began after the phone’s 2010 release, when buyers began complaining of dropped calls. The lawsuit claims that Apple ignored the complaints, before admitting that the phone’s antenna failed when users held it in a “death grip.” Under the terms of the settlement, which may affect up to 21 million users, customers can opt for $15 or a free iPhone case.