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Lawsuit Tied to Steven Tyler’s Exit From ‘American Idol’ Settled Out of Court

A bitter legal war has ended between Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's lawyer Dina LaPolt and ex-management firm, Kovac Media Group.

A bitter legal war has ended between Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler‘s lawyer Dina LaPolt and ex-management firm, Kovac Media Group. 

In 2012, after it was announced that Tyler would not be returning as a judge on American Idol, Allen Kovac blamed LaPolt for botching negotiations and bad mouthing, disparaging and undercutting him. The $8 million lawsuit alleged breach of fiduciary duty and intentional interference with contract, with the dispute later exploring a tug-of-war over Motley Crue as well. A judge applied California’s SLAPP statute to curtail part of the lawsuit, but that was reversed by an appeals court. The case was headed to a trial this spring, but the two sides have come to a private deal and the lawsuit has now been dismissed.

In other entertainment law news:


— Dance Fever host Deney Terrio, who taught John Travolta his moves for Saturday Night Fever, has settled his lawsuit against Hasbro over a gekko character named “Vinnie Terrio” in the cartoon Littlest Pet Shop. The case never got particularly far. Terrio’s complaint, filed in Florida about a year ago, noted similarities ranging from “signature dance moves” to “hairstyle” and claimed false endorsement under the Lanham Act and a violation of his publicity rights. A notice of settlement was filed in court on Feb. 3. No word on the terms.

— There’s been a lot written about Andrea Constand‘s civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby a decade ago. The case was settled, and after Cosby’s deposition came to light last year, he was charged criminally. In 2006, Constand also sued the National Enquirer for defamation in connection with its Cosby story at the time. This past week, American Media Inc., parent company of National Enquirer, looked to interject itself in one of the newer disputes and keep private its deal with Constand. The company’s general counsel gave a declaration in Pennsylvania that stated, “Even in settlement agreements in which there is no admission of fault, the disclosure of a settlement figure can be interpreted as an admission of wrongdoing, which may undermine AMI’s credibility as a news organization.”

A longer version of this story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.