Superior Court

  1. Michael Jackson's Mother Told To Pay AEG's Court Costs

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos iss ...

  2. Boston's Tom Scholz Ordered to Pay for Failed Defamation Lawsuit

    July 01, 2013 2:32 AM EDT The founder of the rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters bla ...

  3. Geoff Tate Allowed to Use Queensryche Name for Time Being, Judge Rules

    October 20, 2012 9:00 AM EDT A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is set ...

  4. Geoff Tate Announces 'The New Queensryche' With Ratt, Quiet Riot Members

    September 04, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer -- who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche, which he fronted for 30 years, in June -- announced the lineup of "the new Queensrych ...

  5. Pop Singer Dev Sues To Void 'Onerous' Record Contract

    August 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Devin Star Tailes, popularly known as Dev, is trying to get out of contracts that purportedly give her record label Indie-Pop, as well as her former manager and attorney, 75 percent of her income and allow them to deduct expenses "off the top ...

  6. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  7. Indictment Unsealed In LA Coliseum Contracts Probe

    March 23, 2012 8:25 PM EDT A felony indictment unsealed Friday accused former executives and concert promoters of a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the once venerable site of Olympics, Super Bowls and political event ...

  8. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 9:30 AM EST A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larr ...

  9. Michael Jackson's Doctor Sentenced To Four Years

    November 29, 2011 2:40 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical p ...

  10. Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Michael Jackson

    November 07, 2011 4:53 PM EST Conrad Murray sits stone-faced as the guilty verdict is read. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. A jury took less than nine hours to decide the verdict following a six-week trial i ...

  11. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Case Drawing to a Close

    October 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift away Thursday from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted. The final witnesses testifying f ...

  12. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Challenges Key Expert

    October 21, 2011 5:19 PM EDT The lead attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death challenged a key prosecution expert Friday about his contention that the physician was responsible for the death of the singer. Attorney Ed Chernoff cross-examined Dr. Steven ...

  13. Defense Drops Claim Michael Jackson Swallowed Fatal Dose

    October 12, 2011 8:48 PM EDT Dr. Conrad Murray's defense on Wednesday abandoned a theory that it touted for over a year that Michael Jackson swallowed the drug that killed him, an abrupt shift in strategy that potentially undermines its case. The reason was clear: The de ...

  14. Will Michael Jackson's Legacy Be On Trial At Conrad Murray Court Case?

    September 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inside the compact, wood-paneled courtroom that will soon host the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, many of the tabloid-worthy elements of the singer's life will go unspoken. Outside, however, many Jackso ...

  15. Michael Jackson Rehearsal Footage Will Not Be Used in Manslaughter Trial

    July 25, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Jurors in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case will not watch previously unseen footage from the singer's final rehearsals to determine the state of his health before his death, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor agree ...

  16. Sony Studios Wants Subpoena For Michael Jackson Footage Quashed

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Sony studios on Friday asked the judge hearing Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial to throw out a subpoena for footage of the singer's final rehearsals after a defense attorney said earlier this week that reviewing them was "a big ...

  17. 'American Idol' Draft Contracts Reveal Big Paydays for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

    May 26, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Scotty McCreery can thank a fourth judge for clearing his path to becoming the latest "American Idol" - one who didn't have to critique his singing. A Los Angeles judge approved a minor's contract establishing financial protect ...

  18. California Court Rejects Phil Spector Appeal

    May 02, 2011 9:15 PM EDT A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past. ...

  19. Michael Jackson Court Case Doctor's Love Life, Strip Clubs Cited

    April 15, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was so distracted by his own complicated love life that he failed to pay proper attention to Jackson's treatment in the hours before the pop star died, according to court documents filed Thursday. Prosecutors sai ...

  20. Phil Spector Murder Case Set for Appeals Arguments

    April 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT While legendary music producer Phil Spector sits in prison, his lawyers are poised to urge an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction and grant a new trial on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Oral ar ...

  21. Judge: Chris Brown Doing 'Great Job' On Probation

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The judge overseeing Chris Brown's probation for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna sang the praises of the R&B artist and urged him to keep chipping away at his community service requirement. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg did not rais ...

  22. Prosecutor: Killing Of Rapper Callous, Calculated

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The killing of an up-and-coming rapper at a crowded, upscale mall was described by a prosecutor as a callous, calculated act by a man who then retrieved his car from a valet and drove around the body. A defense attorney later countered that the sh ...

  23. Appeal Filed In Phil Spector Case

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lawyers for Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed Wednesday (March 10), the attorneys ci ...

  24. Court Rules Death Row Chief Removed, Prohibited From Interacting With Company

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Superior Court judge in Ontario has issued an interim relief order prohibiting Death Row Records chief executive Lara Lavi from interacting with the company, amid allegations she deposited company royalty checks in a personal account. The order ...

  25. Katherine Jackson Picks New Lawyer In Estate Case

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A shake-up in Katherine Jackson's legal team left her unrepresented during a hearing Thursday to clarify the power two attorneys have over her pop star son's estate, but it didn't stop the judge from issuing orders upholding those p ...

  26. Jackson Funeral Date Set As More Details Emerge

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources said AEG Live, which owns the arena and the adjacent Nokia Theatre, will use both facilities and the surrounding plaza. Meanwhile, things keep getting ...

  27. Spector Gets 19 Years To Life For Clarkson's Death

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Phil Spector was barely a blip on the American celebrity radar screen. Although his music lived on, his name and face were only dimly recalled by rock music aficionados until a shooting at his Alhambra mansion propelled him to notor ...

  28. The Game Released From Jail

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After serving eight days of jail time, rapper The Game walked out of Los Angeles' Twin Tower Correctional Facility a free man on March 9. And after conflicting reports as to whether he was indeed free, the Game has officially released a state ...

  29. The Game Remains In Jail

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite rumors to the contrary, MC the Game is still incarcerated in a Southern California jail. Yesterday, after serving eight days of jail time, reports surfaced that the rapper walked out of Los Angeles' Twin Tower Correctional Facility a ...

  30. Mistrial Declared In Phil Spector Murder Trial

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector ended in a mistrial today because of a deadlocked jury. The mistrial came on the 12th day of deliberations on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than four and a half years ago. The 1 ...

  31. Judge: Jurors At Impasse In Phil Spector Trial

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial have indicated they believe they are at an impasse, the judge said today (Sept. 18) after the panel sent a note in its seventh day of deliberations. The record producer is charged with second-degree murde ...

  32. Kanye West Sued Over Car Lease Deal

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims breach of contract. A lawsuit has been filed against Kanye West and his production company claiming breach of contract for not returning a Mercedes-Benz after its lease expired in January. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Superior Court by ...

  33. Ex-Great White Manager Gets 4 Years For R.I. Fire

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plead guilty to 100 involuntary manslaughter counts. Former Great White manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday (May 10) to four years in prison. Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as m ...

  34. 'Babyface' Files Suit Against Anita Baker

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims breach of contract. Grammy-winning singer-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against singer Anita Baker, claiming she owes him more than $250,000. According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in ...

  35. Great White Manager Changes Plea To Guilty

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Could serve up to 10 years. Former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele’s guilty plea of involuntary manslaughter relating to a deadly 2003 nightclub fire is a sobering development for the touring industry. But the repercussions of the East Wa ...

  36. EA Settles Workers' Class Action Suit

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. 5 it would pay $15.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit by computer graphic artists seeking overtime compensation. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. ...

  37. Jackson Sues Concert Promoter

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract. (AP) -- Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 c ...

  38. Jackson Sues Concert Promoter

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marcel Avram sued for breach of contract. Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit yesterday (Oct. 3) against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract. Jackson and his company, MJ Company, sued concert promoter Marcel ...

  39. Suge Knight Ordered To Pay $107M

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A judge has ordered Marion "Suge" Knight to pay $107 million to a woman who claims she helped the rap mogul start Death Row Records, ruling that Knight and his lawyers failed to answer questions and p LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has orde ...

  40. Suge Knight Ordered To Pay $107M

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Judgment involves establishment of Death Row. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has ordered Marion "Suge" Knight to pay $107 million to a woman who claims she helped the rap mogul start Death Row Records, ruling that Knight and his lawyers fai ...

  41. Update: Jackson Trial Resumes After Arrest Threat

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson arrived late to his child molestation trial Thursday to face a judge who threatened to arrest him and revoke his $3 million bail, but the judge took no action against the singer in ope SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson ar ...

  42. Accuser's Mother In The Jackson Jury Hot Seat

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jurors allowed evidence regarding her credibility. SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Jurors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial will be allowed to hear evidence that the accuser's mother had made allegations of improper touching against sto ...

  43. Jackson Out Of Hospital

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson was recovering from flu symptoms and was in good spirits after a short hospital stay that prompted another delay in his child molestation trial, a doctor said. SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson was recovering from flu sym ...

  44. Michael Jackson Fans Gather at Courthouse

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dozens of dancing, hollering fans gathered outside a courthouse Monday (Jan. 31) as Michael Jackson's child molestation case headed to trial. SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Dozens of dancing, hollering fans gathered outside a courthouse Monday ( ...

  45. Los Angeles, Paramount Spar Over Biz Taxes

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The city of Los Angeles has sued Paramount Pictures Corp. over whether the studio can be taxed on licensing and merchandising revenues, the city attorney's office said on Dec. 10. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- The city of Los Angeles has sued Para ...

  46. Judge Puts Halt On DVD Descrambling Chips

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Superior Court judge here has ordered Fremont, Calif.-based ESS Technology Inc. to stop selling descrambling chips that allow for the illegal copying of DVDs. LOS ANGELES -- A Superior Court judge here has ordered Fremont, Calif.-based ESS Techn ...

  47. New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venues

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Developing technologies are beginning to raise new legal issues for performance venues, as the rights of patrons and artists potentially collide. That was the warning delivered by Denis Clive Braham d New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venu ...

  48. Jackson Hearing Centers On Sealed Papers

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Court, media at odds over secrecy issue. The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case has scheduled a pretrial hearing for today (June 25), a proceeding likely to focus on whether many aspects of the case will be kept from public view. ...

  49. Paulina Rubio Gets Smackdown For Canceling Appearance

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has awarded two Michigan-based public relations firms $57,350 in their suit against Latin pop star Paulina Rubio and her former manager, Ricardo Cordero. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has awarded two Michigan- ...

  50. PR Firms Win Suit Against Rubio

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Los Angeles jury has awarded two Michigan-based public relations firms $57,350 in their suit against Latin star Paulina Rubio and her former manager, Ricardo Cordero. A Los Angeles jury has awarded two Michigan-based public relations firms $57,3 ...

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