This has been Sharpton and NAACP’s game for eternity. Sell out to multi-national corporations who see paying them as away to keep black people at bay, and to permanently skirt changing racist policies that have been in effect for decades upon decades.
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A lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc., Rev. Al Sharpton and the NAACP alleges that the media companies discriminated against black-owned businesses and paid activists like Sharpton to “whitewash” its practices. The complaint alleges that Comcast gave large donations to Sharpton, the NAACP and other civil rights groups to make it appear that the cable company was promoting diversity, even while it was failing to follow through on a promise to do so.
The lawsuit, seeking $20 billion, was filed in Los Angeles federal court Friday by Entertainment Studios, a television company founded by black producer and comedian Byron Allen and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM).
A Brazilian court has ordered McDonald’s to pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he was forced to sample food products each day to ensure that quality standards remained high because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.
Normally I wouldn’t post it but I must take note of how Yung Joc is flipping social media on his boss who has beencredited with using his Web 2.0 prowess to promote…you guessed it, P. Diddy. Now Joc has got the memo and he is using LOX tactics via the internet to galvanize his fanbase to submit a poll stating whether they pump with Diddy or Joc (pause) at least I think that’s what he was trying to say.
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Rapper slash Reality Television show star, Snoop Dogg, will have his $22 million dollar civil trial start this week. Snoop is accused, along with his entourage, of assaulting and robbing a fan. Richard Monroe Jr. says he got serious injuries after jumping onstage during a 2005 show in Seattle and wants to get paid for it.
After jumping on stage during “Gin And Juice,” Monroe says he was beaten and robbed by the West-Coast legend and members of his entourage. Snoop has already went to one day of jury selection earlier this week and was present in court as a tape of the incident was show to the jurors during opening statements.
In related news, Snoop Dogg also now belongs to the club of rappers who have had their tax records hit the internet. According to the blog site TMZ, Snoop Dogg owes the state of California $284,053.
A Montgomery, Alabama concert promoter was recently awarded a default judgment in his lawsuit against Atlantic Records rapper Plies for failing to show up for a concert earlier this year.
A default judgment has been issued for Patrick Monifston of P Entertainment Promotions after Plies and his manager David Gay failed to appear in court to face the civil lawsuit. Monifston filed suit against Plies on July 16, after the Florida rapper never showed for a July 8 concert.
According to the lawsuit, Plies never bothered to perform in Montgomery, disappointing some 1,500 fans. After the audience learned Plies would not appear, a melee broke out in the crowd that caused thousands of dollars in damages to the club, according to Montgomery Advertiser.
In addition to levying claims of breach of contract, Monifston also sued Plies for slander, following the rapper’s appearance on radio station WZHT Hot 105 where he reportedly made disparaging comments about the promoter.
The exact terms of the judgment were not announced, however Monifston said it was at least $11,000, which covers the amount he spent to bring Plies to Montgomery, as well as the damages the club sustained.
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In a stunning defense of President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, President Barack Obama has broadened the government’s legal argument for immunizing his Administration and government agencies from lawsuits surrounding the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping efforts.
In fact, a close read of a government filing last Friday reveals that the Obama Administration has gone beyond any previous legal claims put forth by former President Bush.
Responding to a lawsuit filed by a civil liberties group, the Justice Department argued that the government was protected by “sovereign immunity” from lawsuits because of a little-noticed clause in the Patriot Act. The government’s legal filing can be read here (PDF). Continue reading
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Apparently Wayne had vendettas to settle and he’s cleaning up like the end of the Godfather trilogies. These negroes is taking jokers to the cleaners!
Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit against the production company behind The Carter, a documentary about him, according to Radar Online.
The flick recently debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Weezy claims he was never given approval over the final cut as promised before the premiere. He also alleges that the film portrays him in a negative light.
QDIII, who is listed as one of the five co-producers of the film, was specifically targeted in the suit, along with his company QDIII Entertainment and it’s affiliate Digeratti Holdings, LLC.
The son of legendary musician Quincy Jones, QDIII has had his hand in a long list of hip-hop related docs including the Beef DVD series, Crips and Bloods: Made In America and Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel. As of press time emails to him have not been answered. Continue reading
T-Pain has received a $5 million breach of contract lawsuit after kidnapping and death threats caused him to miss a concert last month in Guyana.
Pain was also paid $75,000 in advance according to the lawsuit filed Monday (March 23) in Broward Circut Court.
Hits Jams, the Georgetown-based concert producer and promoter, along with three of its officers, also sued T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Touring and Chase Entertainment of Fort Lauderdale. T-Pain was to headline the Republic Day event on Feb. 23. Hits and Jams provided more than a dozen airline tickets for T-Pain and his entourage, including seven in first class. The contract also called for: a ”four-star hotel or better” with Cartoon Network and 24-hour room service; a stadium dressing room with a private bathroom; and bottles of Grey Goose, Gran PatrÃ³n Platinum and Hennessy, and Gatorade and herbal tea. (Miami Herald)
Chase Entertainment rep David Abram claims he offered to return the $75,000 because death threats forced the singer to cancel his performance.
”It was a legitimate security threat.” Chase, T-Pain’s management company, did not want to put the artist in ”harm’s way,” Abram said in a statement. ”We feel horrible about not being able to play the concert…We are going to do what needs to be done to make this right with the promoters. They’re a good company. We’re a good company.” (Six Shot) Continue reading
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A veteran rap and hip-hop manager who says he was hurt at Kanye West‘s star-studded 30th birthday bash is suing luxury clothier Louis Vuitton, which hosted the event.
Steve Lobel, who oversees the Grammy-winning group Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony, was among the glitterati partying with West at Vuitton’s Fifth Ave. store on June 7, 2007, when a temporary panel fell off the wall onto his chrome dome, the suit charges.
Other high-profile revelers at the party included Rihanna, Sean (Puffy) Combs, Jay-Z, Usher and Mariah Carey.
Lobel is demanding unspecified damages from the company, who, he claims, used unstable wall panels to “obscure the store’s merchandise and create a club look.”
Bone Thugs earned a Grammy in 1997 for its song “Tha Crossroads.” Lobel and the band were in town the weekend of West’s shindig to shoot a video for their latest single, Lobel’s Web site says.
The suit, filed in Queens Supreme Court, also names Manhattan events promoter Tony Berger, of Relevent Group LLC.
“We were aware of the incident. We reported it to our insurance carrier, and it is being handled by them,” Berger said. Continue reading
A judge ordered Lil Wayne today (March 18) to turn over financial information on his latest album Tha Carter III to a folk singer who previously accused him of copyright infringement.
The decision was made early Wednesday afternoon for action to take place after the owner of the song Wayne sampled said he had no permission.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III ordered the New Orleans rapper to hand over records about the sale of 2008’s Tha Carter III. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit filed in May that Lil Wayne didn’t have permission to sample her song “Once” in the track “I Feel Like Dying.” The lawsuit says Lil Wayne’s record label, Cash Money Records, failed to negotiate a license to use Swanepoel’s song before millions of people downloaded “I Feel Like Dying.” (Associated Press)
Concern grew on behalf of Swanepoel about the profits Weezy attained from indirect usage of the song.
“I Feel Like Dying” wasn’t a track on “Tha Carter III,” but a lawyer for Urband & Lazar Music Publishing said Lil Wayne promoted the album by singing that song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site. “It’s more akin to promotional material,” attorney Melvin Albritton said. “He used the infringing work to promote himself.” (Seattle Times) Continue reading
The 2007 lawsuit initiated by former Eminem producers FBT Productions LLC against Aftermath/Interscope is going to trial today. Marky and Jeff Bass of FBT Productions are credited with production on the first three Eminem albums. The suit was spawned from a longstanding industry practice of record labels licensing content to third party distributors, such as Apple’s iTunes. In the original suit, FBT claims Aftermath did not have the right to license songs to Apple or other third party content providers. Record labels have the right to distribute physical CDs, but this lawsuit implies that they don’t have the right to distribute music digitally.
The Honorable Ronald M. Whyte will preside over the case of F.B.T. Productions LLC et al v. Aftermath Records et al. A source close to the situation spoke with HipHopDX to clear up false reports that Eminem initiated this lawsuit against Universal, which is the distributor of both Aftermath and Eminem’s Shady Records imprint.
“It’s these two guys that had Em way before he signed to Aftermath,” the source explains. “Neither Eminem nor anyone in his camp is associated with them in any way. The suit includes Universal because they distribute Aftermath, but Em wants to make sure everyone knows he’s not involved in this.”
A similar suit was filed in 2004 by the Eight Mile Style publishing company, after the song “Lose Yourself” was licensed to Apple for an iTunes ad which also promoted his album. As it currently stands, when Apple sells songs for $0.99 on iTunes, approximately $0.70 go to the label, which then in turn gives $0.091 cents to the publisher.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Google Inc has reached a legal settlement with authors and major publishers that paves the way for readers to search through millions of copyrighted books online, browse passages and purchase copies.
Under Tuesday’s settlement, Google will pay $125 million to create a Book Rights Registry, where authors and publishers can register works and receive compensation from institutional subscriptions or book sales.
The settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers draws to a close a three-year legal challenge of Google’s plan to make many of the world’s great books searchable online. Continue reading
On the day following the 221st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, WTP Chairman and constitutional activist Robert Schulz today filed a federal lawsuit in United States District Court in Albany seeking to halt the execution of the emergency bailout of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) by the United States Government and the Federal Reserve.
The lawsuit asserts that the commitment of public funds and credit for the direct benefit of privately owned AIG is an ultra vires action by the United States Government and Federal Reserve, i.e., beyond the limited legal authority granted by the Constitution. The lawsuit asks for a “show cause” hearing demanding that the Government produce evidence of its legal authority to commit public funds for such a purpose, as well as emergency and permanent injunctions halting the bailout transaction.
Beyond the Constitutional deficiencies, the bailout establishes a dangerous precedent enabling the Fed and/or Government to nationalize virtually any business or property within the United States without legal authority or congressional approval. Continue reading
More unbelieveable news. A few months back there was tragedy where three young men were attacked and one killed by an escaped tiger at a San Francisco Zoo. Well police are reporting that the one of the surviving victims has been caught stealing last holiday season’s hottest item the Nintendo Wii. Now with a pending blockbuster lawsuit against the city of San Francisco it seems that Amritpal “Paul” Singh Dhaliwal would have better things to do then stealing a Wii controller. SMH
According to the police report, Amritpal “Paul” Singh Dhaliwal tried shoplifting two Nintendo Wii controllers between 6:20 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Dhaliwal, 19, and his brother Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, filed a claim against the city of San Francisco for negligence and defamation
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Diddy is having his worst week ever. First LA Times throws out an article about Puff’s involvement with the Quad Studio ambush of Tupac Shakur, now the NY Post is reporting that he just finished his deposition in a Civil suit about the December 1999 Club New York shooting which sent Shyne to jail for 10 years. The plaintiff, Natania Reuben is alleging that Shyne acted in concert along with other members of the Bad Boy entourage in the incident that resulted in her getting shot in the face. If the judge finds any merit to that accusation Puff can be held accountable for the $130 million civil lawsuit. This case is expected to see a trail date sometime in 2009. Speculation is abound that Shyne might take the stand and get a chance to give his account of the events which he’s previously been tight-lipped about, exacting the ultimate revenge against his former boss, Diddy. For the rest of this article CLICK HERE.
While some would consider it an honor to share some TV time with America’s most infamous gangsters, Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince is taking exception to his depiction in a recent episode of BET’s hit-show American Gangster. The segment dedicated to Gangster Disciple’s leader Larry Hoover featured Prince and an associate with Hoover during a prison visit. During the commercial for the episode the word “killer” was flashed across the scene when this picture appeared. Prince is disputing the use of the decade old photograph and accusing BET’s parent company, Viacom of trying to align him with the negative portrayal of Hoover. For the full story on this, click HERE.