Jermaine Dupri drops by the MTV Studios in New York City, New York on February 12, 2014
*Jermaine Dupri is being sued for $1 million by a former business partner claiming JD deliberately left him out of a lucrative deal.
According to the civil lawsuit, filed Jan. 13 in Georgia, Dupri’s former Dieniahmar Music LLC partner Eddie Weathers claims they were supposed to split profits 50/50 but he was purposely kept out of a merger deal that cost him hundreds of thousands in royalties, reports Radar Online.
Weathers says he and Dupri — real name Jermaine Mauldin — created the company together in 2005 and “the name of the company was derived from the birth names of Weathers’ and Mauldin’s children Eddie Jr., Shaniah and Kamar.”
Designer Vera Wang attends the O, The Oprah Magazine’s special advance screening of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at The Hearst Tower on July 31, 2013 in New York City
*Vera Wang has basically said “ain’t nobody got time for that” to a motivational speaker who is trying to drag the fashion designer into her lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey.
Simone Kelly-Brown is claiming that Oprah stole her trademark slogan “Own Your Power” and used the phrase at an event where Wang was present. Brown has asked Wang to sit for a deposition as part of the lawsuit.
Wang, according to TMZ, says she’s in the middle of New York Fashion Week and doesn’t have time to fool with Kelly-Brown or her lawsuit. The fashionista is working around the clock to prepare for her bridal gown show.
*Magic Johnson is being sued by a company for copyright infringement and has asked the judge to seal all video and paper evidence in the case.
According to Radar Online, Johnson filed the request on Feb. 11 as part of his ongoing lawsuit with Celebrity Cards International [CCI], a company that claims he broke an agreement to sell “Magic Card Cash” cards with them, only to sign a similar deal with a competitor, OneWestBank.
CCI is suing Johnson for copyright infringement and unfair competition.
Alex Estevez on VH1′s “Black Ink Crew”
*The producers of reality series “Black Ink Crew” and its network VH1 are answering allegations from two women who claim they were date raped during production of the show, reports RadarOnline.
Alexandra “Alex” Estevez and Ericka Santana filed a lawsuit in New York late last year against the producers and network of the show. Alex, a cast member, claims that while filming she was handed a drink that contained a “date rape drug” by someone on the production team — which caused her to black out for the night.
Estevez also stated that producers edited the show to make her look promiscuous and she then quit the show saying she felt too violated to continue — but is seeking $1 million in damaged through her lawsuit.
*“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Janet Hubert wanted her SAG-AFTRA insurance company to cover her treatments for “intense spasms,” and “intense pain” – and when they didn’t she sued.
Well the insurance company has fired back in a blistering counter-attack, labeling her treatments as “excessive” and “medically unnecessary,” and requesting that a judge throw out the entire lawsuit.
According to RadarOnline.com, Aunt Viv sued her insurance company, Health Fund, over allegations they refused to pay for dozens of “trigger point injections” into her muscles. According to court records, she deemed the treatments “helped to reduce pain and other symptoms tremendously,” and were the only way that she could function, let alone work.
But the insurers insist that while up to 16 treatments per year would have been sufficient, Hubert received 56 between April 2009 and November 2011.
Producer Dr. Dre attends the Premiere Of “American Masters Inventing David Geffen” at The Writers Guild of America on November 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*Dr. Dre has filed a $3 million lawsuit against executives at his former label Death Row Records over unpaid royalties.
In court papers filed in December in Los Angeles, the producer claimed he was owed $676,400 in unpaid mechanical royalties, $1.2 million in unpaid artist/producer royalties and $1.2 million in digital sales of his music.
He also alleges there are inconsistencies pertaining to payments he has received and that executives have yet to honor a bonus, which would increase his album sales revenues from 18 to 20 percent, according to RadarOnline.com.