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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 3:46 pm
Lawsuit Roundup
Posted by: Keir Graff

Pol’ Atteu & Patrik Simpson v. Jody (Babydol) Gibson (“Authors of new Anna Nicole book sue their own publisher,” Ben Widdicombe, Daily News):

Simpson and Atteu acknowledge signing an agreement with Gibson, but told me Monday they regarded the document as a “draft.” And quite apart from making any money from the book, they say they gave her $3,000 toward expenses.

“We didn’t know they were supposed to give us an advance,” Simpson told me. “We just wanted to put out a beautiful tribute to our friend [Smith]. [Gibson] is a convicted criminal; we didn’t know the extent of everything she was doing.”

Estate of J. R. R. Tolkien & HarperCollins v. New Line Cinema (“Lord of the Rings heirs sue New Line Cinema over $6bn blockbusters,” by Amanda Andrews, Times Online):

Bonnie Eskenazi, the trustees’ US counsel who filed the complaint, said: “New Line has brought new meaning to the phrase ‘creative accounting’. I cannot imagine how on earth New Line will argue to a jury that these films could gross literally billions of dollars, and yet the creator’s heirs, who are entitled to a share of gross receipts, don’t get a penny.”

Nicolas Cage v. Kathleen Turner (“Turner rattles Nicolas’ cage,” Rush & Molloy, Daily News):

Kathleen Turner has been hit with a lawsuit by Nicolas Cage after the raspy-voiced actress wrote in her new autobiography that he was twice arrested for DUI and possibly stealing a Chihuahua.

“I have never been arrested for anything in my life, nor have I stolen a dog,” Cage, Turner’s co-star in “Peggy Sue Got Married,” fumed in a statement.

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