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  1. Beyonce's Father Granted Cut in Child Support

    March 05, 2014 8:25 AM EST A judge approved a substantial cut in the amount of child support that Beyonce Knowles' father must pay because his income dropped after his superstar daughter fired him as her manager. A ruling obtained by The Associated Press shows that a L ...

  2. Former 'X Factor' Judge Cheryl Cole Sues for $2.3 Million

    December 07, 2012 10:00 PM EST British pop star and former "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit Friday claiming she is owed at least $2.3 million by Blue Orbit Productions, the entity that produces the American TV show. Cole was let go as a judge on the show b ...

  3. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  4. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  5. Estate of 'My Sharona' Drummer Sues Capitol Records for Digital Royalties

    December 23, 2011 7:45 AM EST Is selling music via digital download services a "sale" or a "license" for the purpose of accounting to recording artists? That question has been raised again in a new lawsuit filed by the sister of Bruce Gary, the late drummer ...

  6. Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator

    August 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off "The X Factor." Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed ...

  7. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over 'X Factor' Fees

    July 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a law ...

  8. Michael Jackson Concert Insurers Decline to Pay Out

    June 07, 2011 6:30 PM EDT The insurers of Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" London comeback concerts have asked a judge to nullify a $17.5 million policy taken out by promoters, saying they were never told that the singer was taking powerful drugs. Un ...

  9. Britney Spears Could Be Forced To Have Psychiatric Examination in Ex-Manager's Lawsuit

    May 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Spears' ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, is pursuing legal claims against the singer's mother, Lynne Spears, and wants Britney to give a deposition. Britney's parents, though, are resisting, saying that Britney is mentally incapable of testif ...

  10. Exclusive: Estate of Sky Saxon of the Seeds Files Royalties Lawsuit

    February 24, 2011 10:53 AM EST The estate of Sky Saxon has been pushed too hard one time too many and filed suit against the record and publishing company that paid about $1,000 for the rights to Saxon's songs 37 years ago. A motion to determine the issue of "unconsci ...

  11. Producer Of Ray Charles Musical Sues Investor

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Jersey Boys," the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a big hit. Why not a production based on the life of Ray Charles? After all, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing the soul icon in 2005. It turns out that Os ...

  12. Chris Brown Commended For Progress On Probation

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown was praised for a "commendable" job in complying with court-ordered domestic violence classes and community service imposed for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg ...

  13. AEG Live Sued Over Michael Jackson Death

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother and his three children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the promoters of a series of planned concerts by the singer before his death last year. The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Sept. 15 by ...

  14. Jill Scott Sued By Label

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jill Scott is being sued by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum R&B songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, filed in Los Ang ...

  15. Sly Stone Sues Ex-manager For $50 Million

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sly Stone has filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Stone, the frontman of Sly and the Family Stone, claimed that Jerry Goldstein had diverted an estimated $20-$30 million of royal ...

  16. Gene Simmons Sued Over Alleged Attack

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST A couple who claim they were assaulted by Gene Simmons have sued the Kiss bassist and reality TV star. Nathan Marlowe and his wife Cynthia Manzo filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The complaint claims Simmons attacked the co ...

  17. Music Producer Files Identity Theft Suit

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST A top music producer has been the victim of brazen identity theft by a convicted felon who allegedly impersonated his way into a Hollywood Records studio. Eric Valentine, who has worked with Maroon 5 and Queens of the Stone Age, filed a lawsuit De ...

  18. Michael Jackson Estate Administrators Seek Payment

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate and a cadre of attorneys are seeking millions for managing the King of Pop's affairs after death, court documents show. It's unclear how much exactly will be paid out. The administrator ...

  19. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  20. The Inside Story: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For “This Is It,” Michael Jackson’s planned 50-concert residency at London’s O2 Arena, the star’s sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star’s vision never realized. n ...

  21. Chris Brown Sentenced In Rihanna Assault Case

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge sentenced Chris Brown to five years' probation and six months' community labor for the beating of Rihanna and ordered the R&B singer to stay away from his former girlfriend for the next five years. Los Angeles Superior Court ...

  22. Michael Jackson Memorabilia Shows Gets Judge's OK

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge on Friday firmly approved a deal between Michael Jackson's estate and a concert promoter to exhibit his memorabilia, praising the arrangement that the singer's mother had fought in court over her concerns that it could harm his l ...

  23. Judge OKs Jackson Deal, Burial Planned

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge has approved a deal for the sale of Michael Jackson merchandise, but delayed making a decision on a traveling exhibition dedicated to the King of Pop, amid objections from the singer's mother. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell ...

  24. Judge Approves Michael Jackson Film

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Audiences will get to see the King of Pop perform one more time after a judge approved a major deal to produce a movie fashioned from footage of his final rehearsals. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved a deal on Friday bet ...

  25. Michael Jackson Merchandise Deal On The Way

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson products could start appearing on store shelves, cell phones, even in X-Box add-ons if a judge signs off on a merchandising deal. The current administrators of the singer's estate have presented several proposed contracts to a ...

  26. Michael Jackson's Estate Open For Business

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after Michael Jackson's death, administrators of his estate are temporarily authorized to reopen for business and negotiate, among other things, agreements relating to the singer's ill-fated "This Is It" concert tour. ...

  27. Jackson Family Seeks Delay In Naming Will Executor

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's family wants a judge to delay a hearing Monday (July 6) to designate two men listed in the pop superstar's will as temporary administrators of his estate so that they can look deeper into his affairs, a person close to ...

  28. Michael Jackson's Mother Wins Temporary Control Of Estate

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother Katherine on Monday won temporary guardianship of the late singer's children and control of his estate as a legal battle over his kids, money and belongings began to take shape. Katherine Jackson won the first ro ...

  29. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty To Assault

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna. Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Rihanna had been on standby to testify. After Brown left the co ...

  30. Cher, Bono Heirs Sue Universal Music Over Royalties

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cher has sued Universal Music Group, claiming that the label's creative accounting has shortchanged her and the heirs of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, to the tune of $5 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, cla ...

  31. Restraining Order Issued In Spears Case

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge has ordered Britney Spears' former manager and an attorney to stay away from the pop singer. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb issued her ruling Tuesday (April 28) after hearing testimony and arguments from the men and lawye ...

  32. Lil Wayne Loses Documentary Lawsuit

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A state court judge has refused a request by rapper Lil Wayne to block the release of a documentary titled "The Carter," based on his life. The artist sued QD3 Entertainment - a company owned by producer Quincy Jones III, son of legendar ...

  33. Tupac's Mother Files Cross-suit Over Film Project

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tupac Shakur's mother is firing back at independent production company Morgan Creek over the right to make a biopic about the late rapper. In a $10 million cross-complaint set to be filed Monday morning, Afeni Shakur's Amaru Entertainmen ...

  34. Michael Jackson Sues Auction House For Sale Plans

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson sued an auction house Wednesday to halt the scheduled sale of thousands of his personal possessions, an action the firm says caught it completely off-guard. The King of Pop's company, MJJ Productions, filed a lawsuit in Los An ...

  35. Britney's Dad Testifies For Restraining Order

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears testified for nearly 90 minutes about why he felt a long-term restraining order should be issued against three people, including the singer's former manager and an ex-boyfriend. Jamie Spears was the fi ...

  36. Tupac's Story Subject Of Legal Battle

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Movie company Morgan Creek is in a legal turf war with the estate of Tupac Shakur. The Rick Nicita production banner has sued Amaru Entertainment, the company run by Afeni Shakur, the late rapper's mother and executor, alleging in a Los Angel ...

  37. Spears' Former Manager Files Libel Suit

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' former manager and friend Osama "Sam" Lutfi has filed a lawsuit against the singer and her parents for libel and defamation. Lutfi filed his claim today (Feb. 3) in Los Angeles Superior Court, just three days after a ...

  38. 'Thriller' Video Director Sues Michael Jackson

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST The director of the influential music video "Thriller" has sued pop star Michael Jackson over his share of profits from the 14-minute work. Filmmaker John Landis, who co-wrote and directed the 1983 "Thriller" video, filed a bre ...

  39. Wife Of Barker's Assistant Sues Over Crash

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wife of Travis Barker's assistant sued several aviation companies and the estates of two pilots Tuesday (Dec. 9) over the South Carolina plane crash that killed her husband earlier this year. Otilia Villar Baker, wife of Chris Baker, file ...

  40. Promoter Ordered To Pay Ne-Yo $700K

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from A lawsuit filed earlier this year. Ne-Yo was dropped from R. Kelly's tour last year after two shows. He claimed he ...

  41. Update: Virgin Sues 30 Seconds To Mars

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has responded to Virgin Records' $30 million lawsuit for alleged breach of contract and damages, describing the legal action as "insane" but expressing his hope for "a resolution to this i ...

  42. Producer Sues Vanessa Hudgens For $5 Million

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings. Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney's successful "High Sch ...

  43. Courtney Love Sued By Management Firm

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love has been sued by a management firm for allegedly failing to pay commissions for the partial sale of her share of the Nirvana publishing catalogue. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday by the management firm London ...

  44. Smashing Pumpkins Sue Virgin Records

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans. In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Cou ...

  45. Settlement Reached In Beach Boys Name Dispute

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The settlement of a long legal dispute over rights to the Beach Boys' name has restored good vibrations among the three surviving original members of the famed group, attorneys in the case said yesterday (March 20). The agreement, reached on ...

  46. Ne-Yo Sues Over R. Kelly Tour Dismissal

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo and Compound Touring Inc. filed a suit Monday (Dec. 31) against Rowe Entertainment Inc., the promoter of R. Kelly's "Double-Up" Tour, for firing the singer after two shows as the opening act for Kelly. The suit, filed in Los A ...

  47. Marilyn Manson Countersues Ex-Bandmate

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marilyn Manson has struck back against a former bandmate by countersuing for breach of contract. The rocker claimed in court papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that keyboardist Stephen Bier did not carry out obligations to take p ...

  48. Univision Music Group CEO Sues Parent Company

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the midst of the sale of Univision Music Group, the company's president and CEO, Jose Behar, has filed a lawsuit against parent company Univision Communications and against Univision Music, alleging unfair business practices, promissory fr ...

  49. Chili Peppers Sue Showtime

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have sued Showtime Networks and others over the new television show called "Californication," the same name used by the band for their Grammy-nominated 1999 album. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Super ...

  50. Univision Hit With Second 'Payola' Suit

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A second lawsuit alleging a payola scheme by Univision Music has been filed against the record company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit by Platino Records, which has a distribution deal with Univision, accuses t ...

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