Things are heating up at SoHo’s Famous Ben’s Pizza, and no—it’s not large pie with extra cheese.
It is, however, a large lawsuit, filed by Famous Ben’s current co-owner, John Notaro, against the pizzeria’s original owner (and widow of the real-life Famous Ben), Debbie Aliotta. According to Mr. Notaro, Ms. Aliotta violated the non-compete agreement Read More
Lawsuits and Pizza
Bernard Bey is not a happy camper. The formerly incarcerated 36-year-old is homeless and unemployed, and he knows exactly whose fault it is.
In a self-written lawsuit, Mr. Bey is asking $200,000 in damages from his parents, who he claims abused him emotionally and physically, causing him to enter the shelter system at age 16.
“I feel like my parents should want the best for their children and grandchildren so we have something to pass down for generations so we don’t have to live like this,” he told NBC.
And right when we were feeling sorry for him …
Are the days of airing the Dakota’s dirty laundry finally nearing an end? Hedge fund manager Alphonse Fletcher Jr.’s lawsuit against the board of the fabled Upper West Side co-op still stands, but he and the lawsuit are standing all by themselves.
The two law firms representing Mr. Fletcher have been allowed to withdraw from the case, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unpaid bills and irreconcilable differences—the culprits that seem to end every once-happy relationship.
Big Apple Idolatry
- Fresh off his Broadway run in Chicago, Usher will be kicking his feet up in one of those swivel pods on the third season of The Voice. He and Shakira will be taking over for Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who are vacating their judges’ chairs on NBC’s hit music contest. Of coorse, Usher has an ace card up his sleeve to win over any waffling young talent. It’s two words, and rhymes with Bustin Tweezer.
Call it a culture gap: The French just don’t see what’s wrong with bare breasts.
As you undoubtedly know by now, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was shot sunbathing topless by French paparazzi for the French magazine Closer. Now the royal family is making motion to file a proper lawsuit against the publication, according to a royal rep. To which the magazine has responded, “What is ze big deal?”
Fashion Week has gotten so violent this year! First we had the news of Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi getting sucker-punched at the Alexander Wang after party, and now PR maven Lynn Tesoro has slapped Jennifer Eymere, editor of the French magazine Jalouse with a million-dollar lawsuit for physically assaulting her at the Zac Posen show last weekend.
The tempestuous relationship between Frances Bean Cobain and her mother Courtney Love have been making headlines for as long as the now-19-year-old has been able to talk. (Her first word? ‘Adoption.’) Though the two have been able to occasionally set aside their differences and smile for the press, much more often we hear about the skirmishes: the hotel fights, the custody battles, and most recently, a Twitter skirmish in which Ms. Cobain asked the creators of micro-blogging platform to ban her mother once and for all.
But now the only daughter of Kurt Cobain finally has gained what might be the ultimate leverage on mommy dearest: the rights to her father’s likeness.
Recently, the public got its hands on the 35-page complaint that Julie Taymor and her company LOH Inc. filed in response to the countersuit launched by the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
To catch up: Ms. Taymor sued the producers of the show for using her material after firing her, won a ton of money, but is still suing them for more money. The defendants in the case — 8 Legged Productions, LLC, Hello Entertainment LLC, Goodbye Entertainment LLC, Michael Cohl, Glen Berger, Jeremiah Harris, and Savior Productions LLC — include the producers who recently launched the countersuit, claiming that Ms. Taymor’s detrimental influence on the production hurt the show and cost them money. Also, her co-author for the book, Glen Berger. Back and forth, forever and ever.
While we’re waiting for this mess to get untangled (spider web pun!) in court, Ms. Taymor’s complaint contains enough juicy dirt on show creator Bono and his cohorts to keep us entertained for the rest of the week. Here are the 10 most soap opera moments from the document, so you don’t have to slog through the paperwork yourself.
Rob Delaney is a prominent figure on the alt-comedy Twitter scene. He has an impressive 239,672 followers, and is oft-retweeted by no less impressive figures than Samantha Ronson, Mindy Kaling, and Juliette Lewis. Still, the comedian is inviting a world of pain with his latest stunt: suing Kim Kardashian (along with Ryan Seacrest, E!, and Comcast) for $18 million…the amount of income he claims she made off her wedding shows.
Why? Well, maybe a better question would be, “Why not?”