1:09am PT by Eriq Gardner
Hollywood Docket: Lindsay Lohan Escapes Lawsuit; NBA Players v. 'Basketball Wives'; 'Big Brother' Contract Leaked
Lindsay Lohan has gotten some good news: A Florida judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the troubled actress stole a formula for a sunless spray tan.
Lohan and a business partner, Lorit Simon, were sued in 2009 by White Wave International Labs.
According to the original complaint, Lohan and Simon engaged in negotiations with Wave over a tan spray but couldn't agree upon a price, so the two introduced their own tanning mist called "Sevin Nyne" that resembled Wave's product.
On Thursday, a Florida judge dismissed the case for jurisdictional reasons. Lohan doesn't live or work in Florida and the plaintiff failed to show how Lohan's alleged tortious act was committed in the state.
In other legal news:
- A California Superior Court judge has rejected Ticketmaster's settlement with a class of plaintiffs who claimed they were misled on "delivery fees" of concert tickets. The judge found that the settlement "offered virtually no benefit to the class member."
- Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas recently followed Chris Bosh's lead and sued his ex- and the producers of VH1's Basketball Wives. Here's the complaint. There are other NBA players complaining, and one sports website wonders whether this is the "tipping point in ending the show." An equally relevant question might be whether celebrities have any power to keep former mates from trading on their fame and appearing on television. Something to follow.
- The contract for CBS' "Big Brother" has been leaked. Obviously, individuals who agree to appear on the show give up a lot, but check this out: Contestants agree that show rules can be “changed, modified or amended … with or without prior notice," agree to get tested for STDs, consent to have water "rationed," and of course, agree to keep show details confidential with a $5 million penalty if they blab.
- If monkeys directed a movie, who would own the copyright? Before you dismiss this as a frivolous question, check out this story (and the hilarious comment section) about a monkey who self-photographed himself (or herself) and the mystery on how a news agency obtained a license to run the photo.