Biggest Celebrity Legal News of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought it would be interesting to “recap” a few of the top celebrity legal stories of 2014. There were countless lawsuits, but some were more talked about in the media than others. As one of the top Los Angeles business entertainment law firms in LA, we wanted to share some of these stories with readers, just in case you missed it.

Celebrities are often individuals of excess – excess money, excessive exposure, lavish lifestyles. Scandalous stories and litigation are common in the entertainment industry, and the average person often finds the situations celebrities find themselves in intriguing. So, for 2014 some of the hottest legal stories are shared below.

Teresa Guidice of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame sued her bankruptcy lawyer for $5 million after she was found guilty of bankruptcy fraud and sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison.

The company behind Slim Spray, a weight loss spray advertised on Shark Tank, was sued by Jennifer Love Hewitt for advertising the product with her image, but without her permission.

Led Zeppelin was accused of stealing their biggest hit, Stairway to Heaven, from a group call Spirit. The obscure band claimed the British super legends plagiarized Spirit’s “hit” song.

No tweeting her “Dance Moms” co-star was what one cast member was ordered to refrain from by a judge. Kelly Hyland had been arrested for harassment and assault of Dance Coach Abby Lee Miller; Hyland was ordered not to tweet at (@) or about Miller.

Two stars of “Hardcore Pawn,” Karl Bell and Jeremy Jackson, were charged with felony theft after allegedly stealing goods from the show’s pawn shop and “repawning” the stolen goods.

Johnny Depp’s “butt exposure” lawsuit. Robin Eckert claimed that while attending an Iggy Pop concert, she was dragged by Depp’s bodyguard through the VIP section; in the course of being dragged, her buttocks were exposed to the crowd as her pants slipped down. Eckert, a self-proclaimed professor of medicine at U.C. Irvine, received a settlement from Depp and other defendants, although the amount she got was undisclosed.

Of course perhaps none of the stories above are as well-known as all of the allegations against comedian and actor Bill Cosby, who reportedly has sexually assaulted countless women over the past few decades. As CNN put it in a recent article, Cosby is facing a litany of allegations. Maybe we will learn more about how truthful these allegations are in 2015, and see how long he remains under fire in the media.

At Spotora & Associates, our LA entertainment attorneys have successfully represented countless celebrities in matters including litigation and transactional. We recognize that celebrities are constantly under a microscope, and that you may need assistance with contracts, agreements, copyrights, trademarks, or other legal issues. Give us a call for unsurpassed legal guidance and representation!

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