5 celebrity lawsuits in the news

Michael Jordan gets "greedy," Paula Deen admits to slurs and three other celebrities making headlines

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Miffed Michael

Michael Jordan won over legions of fans with his prowess on the basketball court, but the judge in the athlete’s lawsuit against Dominick’s grocery stores apparently isn’t one of his biggest supporters. Jordan sued the food store chain in 2009, after the store printed an ad congratulating His Airness for making it into the Hall of Fame. The ad featured Jordan’s name and jersey number and the message “You are a cut above,” below which was a $2-off coupon for a Rancher’s Reserve steak.

Paula’s Problems

Celebrity chef Paula Deen is known for serving up traditional Southern cooking on her Food Network shows. But a recent deposition transcript shows that Deen may also be holding on to some less-savory antebellum traditions. Back in March, a former manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House—a restaurant that Deen owns with her brother Bubba Hiers—sued the pair for sexual and racial harassment, claiming that she was regularly subjected to racial slurs and sexual advances from Hiers.

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Diet Dupe

Kirstie Alley’s struggle with her weight has made headlines for years, and this week, the star lost one very public diet battle when a judge ordered her to change the labels on her line of weight-loss products. Marina Abramyan sued Alley’s company, Organic Liaison, last year, claiming that its line of supplements—which supposedly help users lose weight, reduce fluid retention and curb their appetites—are ineffective.

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Peeved Paparazzo

Justin Bieber is at it again. The Canadian pop star will reportedly be hit with another lawsuit, this time from a paparazzo angry over a stolen memory card. Gustavo Garces says that Bieber’s bodyguards snatched his camera after he took candid photos of the singer outside Miami’s Hit Factory recording studio. The star’s guards reportedly returned the camera, but not its SIM Card.

Fleeced Feliciano

Musician José Feliciano, best known for his ubiquitous Christmas hit “Feliz Navidad,” is suing his former manager for allegedly taking advantage of Feliciano’s blindness to defraud the guitarist. Roy Sciacca allegedly landed Feliciano as a client with the promise of an 18-month world tour, admission into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a booking on New Years’ Eve and Christmas specials, and more.

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