While some celebrities have no reservations about airing their feuds on social media and making it readily available to the public, many of these feuds are contributing factors to a large number of courtroom proceedings. It seems like throughout the years, there have been more and more civil lawsuits involving celebrities than ever before. Whether it’s over copyright infringement, unpaid fees, or defamation of character, celebrities apparently wind up in more legal battles than the average person.
The average individual files claims when another party owes them money or in some way violated their rights, and celebrities are no exception. Like the average Joe, there are celebrities who initiate the lawsuits when they feel they have been wronged, scammed, or ripped off by another party, while other celebrities are on the other side of the fence defending themselves against allegations. Either way, these celebs have sought to protect their names, finances, and/or the companies who represent them. In these courtroom cases, celebs either walk out the courtrooms feeling vindicated with a smile that says ‘I won’, or they walk out being forced to shell out millions of dollars which is a big hit to their wallets. Here are 12 lawsuits involving famous people you didn’t know about.
12 Kendall Jenner vs. Cutera Skin Care Line
11 Sean Penn vs. Lee Daniels
10 Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker
9 Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams vs. Gaye family
8 Iggy Azalea vs. Jefe Wine
7 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross
6 Roc Nation vs. Rita Ora
5 Show writers vs. Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, HBO
4 Jennifer Lopez sued for Morocco concert
3 Ashley Greene sued for starting fire that killed her dog
2 Justin Bieber and Usher vs. Virginia songwriters
1 Damon Dash vs. Lee Daniels
Damon Dash, who is the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, filed a lawsuit against Lee Daniels. It started when Dash and Daniels entered into an agreement that would give Dash 50 percent of film rights on The Woodsman, executive producer credits, and assurance that that the $2 million he invested would be paid back. Dash worked tirelessly to promote the film and even included Kanye West to perform at different venues across the country to ensure the film’s commercials were played. However, when Dash approached Daniels for repayment, he was met with another offer to re-invest in another project Shadowboxer. Even though Dash went ahead and reinvested the $2 million, the film was not a success and he was even told to take a step back from promoting. In response to these claims, Daniels' lawyers said, “Regrettably, it’s easy to make allegations. Proving the allegations is a different story, and the premise reason why the judicial system exists. Mr. Daniels looks forward to the Court’s scrutiny of the merits of Mr. Dash’s misguided claims.”
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