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Misfits Singer Glenn Danzig Sues Over Hot Topic Deal, Claims Ex-Bandmate Cut Him Out Completely

Original Misfits singer Glenn Danzig claims he got zero from a lucrative merchandising deal with Hot Topic, potentially worth millions, and he’s blaming his former bandmate for cutting him out.

Danzig has filed suit against Misfits bassist Jerry Only — real name Gerrard Caiafa — claiming Jerry registered trademarks for everything Misfits-related in 2000 behind Danzig’s back, misappropriating exclusive ownership over the marks for himself, including the band’s iconic “Fiend Skull” logo.

By doing so, Danzig claims Jerry violated a 1994 contract, in which Danzig, Jerry, and others agreed to share ownership of the Misfits trademarks for merchandising purposes.

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After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig — who left The Misfits in 1983 — is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he’s solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits.

Fun fact: Jerry Only is the creator of the Devilock hairdo.

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UPDATE: A representative for The Misfits and Jerry Only has issued a statement, calling Danzig’s lawsuit “a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations, the majority of which are completely false.”

Read the full statement below:

“In 1995, Misfits founding member Jerry Only secured the exclusive legal right to tour and record as the Misfits, and, in accordance with those legal rights, launched a licensing program through Cyclopian Music. At the same time, Glenn Anzalone—professionally known as Glenn Danzig (former co-founder and Misfits vocalist circa 1977 to 1983) —made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits or Cyclopian Music’s business endeavors.

“Despite full knowledge of Cyclopian Music’s use of the Misfits’ name and logos for decades, Glenn Danzig curiously filed a lawsuit on April 3rd, 2014 seeking a portion of the proceeds from Cyclopian Music’s activities with which he has had no involvement whatsoever. Danzig’s lawsuit can only be described as a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations, the majority of which are completely false, while others are ill conceived and grossly misguided—and will be proven false in court. Reports of Glenn Danzig’s lawsuit and the falsehoods within it, however, have resulted in the dissemination of misinformation regarding the nature of Glenn Danzig’s baseless claims and Cyclopian Music’s rights.

“For example, Jerry Only and Cyclopian are under no obligation, legal, contractual or otherwise, to obtain consent, or approvals of any kind, from former member Glenn Danzig in connection with their use of the Misfits name or logos. Apparently Danzig’s own product line doesn’t sell as well as he might like, but the fact of the matter remains that Jerry Only and Cyclopian Music’s Misfits licenses, business activity and merchandising endeavors are 100% lawful and consistent with their legal rights.

To be clear, Glenn Danzig has no legal right to, and no interest in, Cyclopian’s Misfits licenses or business ventures period. Danzig’s lawsuit is nothing more than a calculated attempt to unfairly and improperly enrich himself from revenue streams to which he is not entitled.”

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Prisoner Sues Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Chris Brown for $2.4 Billion: They Used Satellites to Steal My Songs!

Well, this is fantastic. A California prisoner has just filed a $2.4 billion lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Chris Brown, claiming the music icons colluded with law enforcement to steal lyrics he’s been writing from behind bars.

Richard Dupree — who’s currently locked up in California State Prison, Corcoran — filed the suit in district court last week.

Dupree claims Jay Z and Beyonce have been working with law enforcement for the last 3-4 years (including CIA, FBI, and Homeland Security) to spy on him via satellites in order to steal his lyrics. Really. He alleges Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Kanye West conspired with them to commit the crimes.

According to his lawsuit, Dupree believes Jay and the rest extracted roughly 3,000 songs from him via satellites and in the process “robbed [him] for hundreds of millions, even billions, in the satellite organization.” Whatever that means.

Dupree wants justice in the form of $2.4 billion dollars.

Oh yes. He also demands immediate freedom from prison.

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Bruce Springsteen Fans Sue Live Nation Over Expensive Tickets

A Bruce Springsteen fan has just filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against concert promoting giant Live Nation, claiming concertgoers at the Boss’s 2012 Wrecking Ball tour were unfairly ripped off at the box office.

Marilyn Frost claims she and other fans were forced to pay exorbitant prices for Wrecking Ball concert tickets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey because of Live Nation’s illegal side deals with ticket brokers.

According to Frost’s lawsuit, Live Nation withheld 5% of MetLife’s tickets in order to sell them to ticket brokers,who in turn charge higher prices for the same seats. Frost claims Live Nation’s deals with ticket brokers are a violation of the NJ Fraud Act.

She wants $5 million in damages on behalf of herself and all the other fans who couldn’t afford tickets, or who paid too much.

If the lawsuit sounds familiar, that’s because a Justin Bieber fan filed a nearly identical lawsuit against AEG last month for the same reason.

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Drake Blasts Jewelry Designer: For $40,000 a Month, I Own You

The legal war rages on between Drake and the jeweler who designed the rapper’s famous $50,000 owl pendant. Drake now claims he paid the jeweler so much money — around $40,000 per month — that he owns ALL the jeweler’s designs by default.

New York-based jeweler Michael Raphael of Baden Baden, Inc. sued Drake last year, claiming he created the diamond-studded platinum owl pendant for the rapper,  based on a logo Michael’s been using for years, and Drake made knock-off replicas without the designer’s permission.

Drake responded, claiming the owl logo is a well-known Egyptian owl hieroglyph, so the designer can’t copyright it.

Michael disagreed, and Drake has now responded again, claiming copyright be damned. Drake says he paid Michael so much money during the course of his employment in 2012 (roughly $40,000 per month) that Drake owns the rights to ALL Michael’s work during that period, owl included.

Drake wants a judge to void Michael’s copyright and throw out the designer’s lawsuit.

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Gay Porn Site Sues User, Outs Him in the Process

Subscribe to a gay porn site? Your private information isn’t safe. In fact, it could end up in public records. Name, address, even the site you’re subscribed to.

At least, that’s what happened to one poor guy in Pennsylvania.

We won’t name him because that just feels wrong, but the photographer behind FITYOUNGMEN.com had no problem calling out one of his users in public court records, filing a lawsuit against the man for allegedly downloading images off the website and cross-posting them on Tumblr and Flickr.

Zone 8 Media — a London-based gay erotica company helmed by photographer Nick Baker — filed the lawsuit for copyright infringement, alleging the defendant-who-shall-not-be-named stole 200 or more photos and then cross-posted them on his private social media accounts.

Baker claims each photo contains an invisible watermark that allowed him to trace the images back to this particular user, and rather than settle the issue privately — or even just forgetting about the whole thing — Baker filed suit. It is now public record.

We don’t need to point out why this was a dangerous PR move for Baker (who wants to subscribe to a porn website where a private information leak is even possible?) but it raises an interesting question: does the punishment fit the crime?

Within the realm of porn — especially gay porn — it feels as though the need for privacy among consumers ought to be greater. What if the user’s in the closet? What if he’s married with a family? Is it worth destroying his life over a bunch of photos? Had this user stolen images from some boring political blog and cross-posted them, his privacy would obviously be less of a concern.

Add to that the fact that swapping copyrighted porn on the web is nearly more commonplace than porn itself, which doesn’t make it any less illegal, but perhaps it ought to make the punishment less severe. And let’s be clear, publishing private information in a porn lawsuit like this is punishment in its own right.

We tried several times to get in touch with the defendant here, but he hasn’t gotten back to us.

We won’t speculate about whether he’s upset or embarrassed by the lawsuit. Sure, everyone watches porn and, by Internet standards, FITYOUNGMEN.com isn’t exactly hardcore, but how this guy feels personally doesn’t matter. A lawsuit like this sets a scary precedent and is sure to drive consumers away from pay sites.

An unwavering commitment to privacy and discretion must be a cornerstone in this sector of the porn industry. In that regard, Baker may have shot himself in the foot.

Then again, what’s the point of copyrighting your work if you can’t protect it?

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Michael Keaton Blames Producers for ‘Merry Gentlemen’ Bomb: I’m an Artist, You Are Fartists

Michael Keaton is refusing to take the blame after his 2008 movie “Merry Gentlemen,” which be both starred in and directed, bombed, claiming the film’s producers are actually the ones who ruined his masterpiece.

Keaton was originally sued by the production company behind the film. Merry Gentleman, LLC, claims Keaton squandered the company’s $4 million budget, offering up a subpar directing performance, insisting on using his inferior final cut of the film, and ultimately failing to promote the film in any meaningful way.

The film went on to gross $322,581 at the box office.

But Keaton is pointing the finger back at producers. Keaton has filed his own lawsuit against Merry Gentlemen, LLC, alleging MG screened a version of the film at Sundance that he hadn’t approved. He also claims MG provided him with lousy editors.

Keaton claims MG not only violated their agreement by failing to give him last word on the final cut, but used the film as a vessel to further their own personal interests. In one instance, Keaton claims a producer insisted on including his twins in a scene for no artistic reason whatsoever, then demanded that scene be included in the Sundance version of the film.

Keaton is adamant that his cut of the movie was artistically and commercially superior than the producer’s. He’s suing for breach of contract and more, demanding unspecified damages.

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The Rock Unloads Florida Condo For Staggering $500 Profit

Never question The Rock‘s real estate prowess: Dwayne “Donald Trump” Johnson just unloaded a Florida condo for a $500 profit. And the best part, he’ll probably only see $250.

Rock and his ex-wife Dany Garcia purchased the 2-bedroom 2-bathroom Pembroke Pines condo back in 2003 — when they were still married — for $97,500. It’s a nice little place with lake views, located in a gated community.

The house just sold for $98,000 — yielding an impressive $500 return on their investment — but since the house is considered community property from his marriage, The Rock is likely to see only half of that.

Not like he needs the money anyway.

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Ralph Lauren Wins Lawsuit Over Ultra-Rare Car Garage: Bugatti Be Kidding Me!

Ralph Lauren has emerged victorious in a $300,000 lawsuit involving his secret garage facility in Westchester, New York — home to roughly 60 of the world’s rarest and most valuable cars, including a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster, and the world’s only 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster.

Lauren was sued by a contractor, who claims he performed roughly $1.7 million worth of renovations on Lauren’s famous D.A.D. Garage back in 2007. The contractor claims Lauren failed to pay the bill in its entirety and still owed him $297,367.

Lauren fired back with a two-pronged attack: 1) he claimed the contract was with D.A.D.’s business entity, so he couldn’t personally be sued; 2) he said the contract mandated arbitration out of court. The contractor failed to follow up, so the case was terminated. Lauren, 1; contractor, 0.

FYI, the name D.A.D. is an acronym that stands for the names of Lauren’s three children: David, Andrew, and Dylan. All of the cars in the garage are kept in pristine driving condition.

Of course.

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Man Sues NBA for $1.5 MILLION After Falling Down Stairs

A man is claiming it’s the NBA’s fault he fell down a flight of stairs and broke his ankle, and now he wants $1.5 million.

Shane Albert Decker of Laredo, TX, filed the lawsuit against the NBA, claiming he was setting up the audio system for the pre-game Bud-Light/Sprint concert during All-Star Weekend in February when he took the spill.

Decker says he was traversing a set of steel stairs, while on the job, when someone turned out the lights and he lost his footing, causing him to fall down. He claims the situation was made even worse by the fact that he couldn’t see the bottom stair, which was black.

Decker says he pretty much injured his entire body during the fall — bones, tendons, nerves, muscles — and even broke his ankle, requiring expensive surgery that involved screws and pins. He claims the accident caused him severe humiliation and emotional distress.

Decker now wants $1.5 million in damages, claiming the stairs were dangerous from the start — and it’s the NBA’s fault for letting anyone near them.

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“Revolution” Extra Sues NBC Over Fallen Gate: I’m Permanently Injured!

Forget Watergate. This is GATEGATE. An extra from “Revolution” has filed a lawsuit against NBC, claiming an enormous gate fell on her while she was working on set and caused her permanent injuries.

In addition to NBC, Maria Fordyce filed the suit against Castle Rock Entertainment and Bad Robot Productions, claiming she was on set in Texas last November when the gate fell on her, causing her permanent physical impairment, pain, and mental suffering.

Fordyce claims the gate fell due to unreasonably dangerous work conditions. She wants at least $100,000 in damages.

For their part, NBC and the other defendants filed a response, insisting the gate accident was Fordyce’s fault and hers alone. According to their response, she failed to follow proper safety precautions, resulting in the heavy gate falling on her.

NBC wants the lawsuit dismissed.