11:48am PT by Eriq Gardner
Hollywood Docket: Lance Armstrong vs. CBS: Black Keys vs. Ad Agency; Italy vs. Snooki
The war of words continues between Lance Armstrong and CBS over a 60 Minutes report about the former cycling champion's alleged performance-enhancing drug use.
Armstrong recently retained Bay Area attorneys who sent a letter to CBS demanding an apology for airing a May 22 segment about Armstrong. The show featured an interview with Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong's former U.S. Postal teammate, who suggested that Armstrong took EPO, a banned substance.
"In the cold light of the morning your story was either extraordinarily shoddy, to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job," the letter reads.
CBS has responded by standing by the story as "truthful, accurate and fair."
Armstrong's letter includes language such as "reckless" that seem to be implict threats of a defamation lawsuit, but his lawyers haven't gone so far as to say such action is in the works. As a public figure, Armstrong would have an uphill road to climb to meet a plaintiff's burden in such a case.
In other entertainment legal news:
- The Black Keys, the Grammy-award winning blues-rock band, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a bank and advertising agency that allegedly used its song "Tighten Up" without permission.
- Dish Network has announced it has obtained a $25 million award and permanent injunction against nFusionOnline.com and affiliates for pirating its satellite television.
- In probably the least surprising development ever, Snooki is in legal trouble in Italy for crashing her car into the police. Not only has she lost her license, but she potentially faces a civil lawsuit.
- This is several weeks old, but still a burning question: Since it's illegal to counterfeit money in this country, how do film producers avoid legal trouble when it comes time to film that scene where stacks of hundred dollar bills go up in flames? Here's the answer.