9 celebrity lawsuits in the news

Zooey Deschanel's shoes, Darth Vader's contract beef and seven more celebrity lawsuits making headlines

Beachfront Brawl

Kevin Costner barely had time to celebrate his courtroom victory over Stephen Baldwin before being slammed with another lawsuit. This time, Costner’s adversary is his neighbor Charles “Rick” Grimm, who says that the value of his Santa Barbara beach house dropped by half when Costner planted hedges and trees blocking Grimm’s ocean view.

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Manhattan Melee

The hits just keep on coming for Tony Parker. Earlier this summer, his San Antonio Spurs fell in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and now he’s embroiled in a multimillion dollar lawsuit involving a star-studded nightclub brawl.

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Litigious Lawyers

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Palin’s Problems

Apparently Bristol Palin’s new reality show, “Life’s a Tripp,” angered more than just the TV critics. The show, which centers on the teen’s life as a single mother in Los Angeles, already has spawned two lawsuits in the weeks following its premiere.

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Costly Cameo

Jesse Eisenberg gets top billing on the DVD cover for the 2010 film “Camp Hell”; in fact, he’s the only actor whose name or photo appears on the case. But viewers expecting a star turn from the “Social Network” star are sure to be disappointed, as Eisenberg appears in the film for less than five minutes.

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Angry Ashton

Few people like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), but not many people channel their distaste into a lawsuit. That’s just what Ashton Kutcher did, though, when the DMV reportedly backed out of a reality television deal with his production company, Katalyst Media Inc.

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Overtime Omission

Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show grossed more than $20 million last year, but one former employee says the singer isn’t spreading the wealth. Keith Sturtevant, who was a “warehouse manager” for Dion and her husband Rene Angelil, says that the couple refused to pay him overtime, even though he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week performing tasks such as “fixing ice makers, cleaning the house shutters, building stages” and “repairing kitchen items.”

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Naughty Network

USA Network is going up against the dark side in a legal battle with Darth Vader himself. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, is suing the network for allegedly stealing one of his television show concepts.

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Loony Litigation

The Kardashian clan is fighting so many lawsuits that it’s hard to keep them all straight. But the latest charges against the family are unforgettable.

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