From Kim K to Lindsay Lohan: Celebs Who are Sue Happy
August 19th, 2011
From Kim K to Lindsay Lohan: Celebs Who are Sue Happy. When Old Navy released an ad with a Kim K lookalike, Melissa Molinaro, Kim Kardashian was pissed. She was so pissed, she decided to sue the company over using her likeness.
Sure, the resemblance was similar, and Molinaro even reportedly started dating Reggie Bush, Kimâ€™s ex. (Wonder if she sued him, too). But if we could sue people just for looking like us, I wouldâ€™ve gone after the little Chinese kid from the Indiana Jones movie a long time ago.
Celebs have giant assets, so it makes sense that they want to protect them. Sometimes it makes perfect sense. Other times, they just get their feelings hurt and call their lawyers crying. Here are six sue-happy celebs.
Lindsay Lohan: In 2010, Lohan sued E-Trade. You know E-Trade. Itâ€™s that company that does those commercials with the babies talking. But no, she didnâ€™t sue them for being the most annoying ads of all time. Apparently, Lindsay thought they were mocking her. One of the babies referred to in the commercial was named â€œLindsayâ€ and was depicted as a boyfriend-stealing â€œmilkoholic.â€ Lohanâ€™s lawyer said: â€œThese babies in their commercials were symbolic and were not acting just as cute babies but were actually portraying (Lohan) and her grown-up friends.â€
Come on! Itâ€™s not like the babies were stealing necklaces and taking staged, topless paparazzi photos.
E Tradeâ€™s response: â€œNo reasonable person would connect (Lohan) with the E-Trade commercials.â€ They key-word here is â€˜reasonableâ€™.
Bette Midler: Bette Midler has a great voice, but apparently, she thinks everyone else with a great voice is copying her. In 1989, Midler sued an ad agency for producing a commercial that featured one of her hits. She claims the song was sung by someone instructed to imitate her vocal inflections. She lost. Mostly because the judge was like, â€œwhat hits? Who are you?â€ (Mister D: ah!, Miss M won her case! And don’t be rude!)
Tara Reid: I canâ€™t read or hear Tara Reidâ€™s name without picturing her on the red carpet with that dopey smile on her face and one boob out, just hanging there, chillinâ€™. It was such a â€œwtfâ€ moment, that the image has become iconic. Sorry, Tara. Reid sued Sky Las Vegas Condominiums for publishing an ad that read, â€œDear Tara Reid, come let it all hang out.â€ The lawsuit claims the company was capitalizing on her misfortune and misrepresented her as â€œsexually lewd or immoral.â€ I guess I can understand where sheâ€™s coming from, but at that point, I think the damage was done.
Ralph Lauren: Polo magazine and Ralph Laurenâ€™s Polo brand coexisted for quite some time. The magazine covered the sport, and the clothing covered rich American WASPs. But when the mag started getting a little too luxurious, Lauren sued them for trying to make money off of his brand. Really, Ralph? You donâ€™t corner the market on the wealthy, country club-going upper tax bracket. Lauren won the lawsuit in 1999, but in 2001, the ruling was reversed upon appeal.
Lady Gaga: In March, Lady Gaga sued a London ice cream parlor that introduced an ice cream named â€œBaby Gagaâ€. Considering Lady Gaga took her name from a Queen song and copies every singer under the stars, itâ€™s a little ironic. Just a little. But the most disturbing thing here? The ice cream is made out of human breast milk. Gaga called it â€œnausea inducing.â€ You know itâ€™s bad when you manage to shock a woman who wore dead cow meat. The businessâ€™ owner said: â€œSome people are turned off by the idea, but, really, it raises the philosophical question: Is it better if we use milk from cows injected with hormones who are artificially induced with pregnancy every few months, or human milk?â€
Um, Iâ€™m gonna go with the one that doesnâ€™t involve consuming liquid from another human being.
Charlie Sheen: Who can forget Charlie Sheenâ€™s ridiculous $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros? The guy went on a rampage, insulted all of his bosses, threatened them, basically proved to the world he was bat sh-t crazy. So of course, he got fired. Even with â€œlegal pitbullâ€ Marty Singer in his corner, the lawsuit was basically laughed out of court.
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