Mamba v. Mom
It’s a fair bet that this past Mother’s Day was an awkward one at Kobe Bryant’s house. The Los Angeles Lakers star is engaged in a court battle with his mother, who allegedly tried to sell memorabilia from his early playing days without Kobe’s permission. Pamela Bryant claims that her son gave her the memorabilia—including high school jerseys, All-Star rings and dozens of other items—that she tried to sell through Goldin Auctions.
Singer Rihanna is no stranger to controversy in her personal or professional life, and it appears that she’s about to get a little more drama in her life with a new lawsuit against British retailer Topshop. Rihanna is suing the clothing store for selling a T-shirt that features her face without her permission. Significantly, the shirt was not sold anywhere in the U.S., where personality rights generally ban the unauthorized use of a person’s name or image for trade purposes.
Batman has emerged victorious once again, this time in a trademark battle with an Indiana-based software company. In “The Dark Knight Rises,” the conclusion of the latest “Batman” trilogy, Catwoman asks Batman for “the clean slate”—a software program that will erase any record of her criminal past from computer databases worldwide. The problem? There’s already a company that sells computer security software known as “Clean Slate.”
With friends like Justin Bieber, who needs enemies? Guests headed to party at the pop star’s house could find themselves on the hook for $5 million if they spill any details about Bieber’s shindigs, according to a confidentiality agreement reported by TMZ. The singer reportedly requires guests to sign a document that not only waives their liability rights in the event of injury, but also forbids them from discussing, photographing or filming the parties. Any disobedient attendees will face the wrath of Bieber—in the form of a $5 million lawsuit.
The Kardashians, America’s first family of trashy television, are back in the courtroom. This time the clan is suing Ellen Pearson, the widow of patriarch Robert Kardashian, for allegedly publishing private diary excerpts that belong to the Kardashian family. Pearson married Robert—a famed former defense attorney—shortly before his 2003 death from lung cancer.