It’s not surprising to find out the Hollywood stars fall victim to lawsuits as well. Numerous people would stoop extremely low to earn a quick buck, look for justice or recognition from celebrities. Don’t get me wrong, of course, some lawsuits are justified and may be understandable, but some are just painfully ridiculous.
For a lot of celebs, they’ve had to waste time on unfortunate and comical lawsuits. Most of these cases were dropped, but this list is purely for a good laugh at the ridiculousness of these battles. Find out who sued who, bellow you may find lawsuits stories involving shoes, embryos, two people who look similar, stealing chickens, and much more.
50 Cent and Taco Bell
50 Cent decided to settle a lawsuit with Taco Bell back in November 2009. This lawsuit was filed because Taco Bell had sent a state to news stations around the country suggesting 50 Cent to change his name to ’79 Cent,’ ’89 Cent’ or ’99 Cent’ so he would promote the low prices off their menu.
Taco Bell didn’t tell 50 Cent about the promotion, and they settled out of court before he could claim the full $4 million he was initially asking for.
Carrie Prejean and Miss USA
Carrie Prejean was a participant in the beauty contest in 2009. She expressed her disinclination toward gay marriage, which angered the judges immensely. This led to a sizeable public attack from a celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton. Prejean won second place for Miss California, then went on a talking tour to tout her anti-gay marriage stance.
There was a set of modeling photos in skimpy lingerie which had surfaced, so the Miss USA pageant officials decided to fire Prejean. They said those photos were a breach of contract. Angered by her being fired, she decided to sue the pageant. In return, the pageant sued her back for $5,200 she received for breast implant augmentation. The cases were suddenly settled when TMZ announced it and mentioned a video of Carrie Prejean that was too hot to air.
Lindsay Lohan and E-Trade
This is one of those ugly celebrity egotistical lawsuits that had no real merit. In 2010, a team at E-Trade had aired a commercial of a baby they had named Lindsay. The group referred to the baby as a ‘milkaholic.’
Lindsay felt that it was highly inappropriate for anyone who’s being aired with the name Lindsay to be referred to as a ‘-holic’ of any kind. In a letter, Lindsay’s lawyers claimed that E-Trade was using Lindsay’s name as a parody of her life. They asked E-Trade for $100 million in the lawsuit.
Tara Reid and Sky Las Vegas Condominiums
A few months after Tara Reid had mistakenly flashed boobs on the red carpet, the team at Sky Las Vegas Condominiums got inspired by this event for a new ad campaign. In the campaign, Sky used the slogan: ‘Dear Tara Reid, Come Let It All Hang Out.’ I don’t think Tara found that funny at all. She sued Sky Las Vegas in 2005.
She claimed the ad campaign had misrepresented her as an immoral or sexually lewd person and that the ad made it sound like her wardrobe malfunction was actually intentional. Eventually, the case was dismissed on Dec. 6, 2005. A partial settlement was agreed on and reached.
Courtney Love and AmEx
American Expressed sued Courtney Love for failing to pay charges worth $350,000. She then refused to pay all the fees she had owed. AmEx decided to file a lawsuit with the U.S District Court to suspend the singer’s credit accounts. AmEx exclaimed ‘She failed and refused.’
Courtney decided to put up a fight; she fought back against American Express in January 2010. She claimed that the charges had been fraudulent and issued to other people who had been using her name and additional personal information.
Men at Work and Kookaburra
There have been numerous copyright lawsuits when it comes to music. Most lawsuits weren’t filed for decades after a song had been written. That’s exactly what happened when Men at Work were being sued over their 1981 song called Down Under.
In 2009, someone happened to notice that a children’s song called Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, which is 75 years old, shared a familiar two-bar flute riff with the hit song. The original song had been written by a teacher named Marion Sinclair in 1934.
Miley Cyrus and Lucie J. Kim
Miley Cyrus took a funny and innocent picture with some friends in which she slanted her eyes. A woman, Lucie J. Kim, decided that she wanted to file a $4 million lawsuit against Miley. She said that Miley violated the civil rights of all Asian Pacific Islanders in that picture.
Miley said that she was only making a goofy face and that the photo was taken way out of context. Miley apologized with the statement stating, ‘I really want to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone.’ Shortly after, the case was dismissed.
Ralph Lauren and Polo
Ralph Lauren and the magazine Polo, were co-existent for 22 years. Ralph decided to sue the publication, which focuses on the sport of Polo in 1977. The lawsuit commenced because the magazine wished to focus more on the élite, polo-playing lifestyle and not on the horse riding sport.
Ralph Lauren was worried that Polo was following after the type of image projected by the company’s clothing. A Dallas court had agreed with the claims of the luxury designer. The magazine was actually closed down in 1999.
Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner
For some reason, it sounds oddly true and funny that Nicolas Cage would be involved in stealing a Chihuahua. In her memoir ‘Send Yourself Roses’ in 2008, the actress Kathleen Turner mentioned that the actor had been arrested for drunk driving and he then stole a dog in 1986.
Cage hardly wasted time filing a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom. Kathleen’s book publishers and a newspaper that had run the excerpt from her book apologized for their mistake and paid Cage’s legal fees. They also made a kind donation to charity.
Prince and Everybody
Prince was one of the most protective musicians worldwide regarding his intellectual property. Prince sued Uptown magazine, a fan publication, and later dropped those cases in 1999. He also went on after YouTube for streaming unauthorized music videos which were his collection, 2007.
Prince’s supporters eventually got mad and turned on him, a group of fans who were behind other websites, created ‘Prince Fans United’ and decided to stand up to the artist’s demands that they remove photographs of him.
Lindsay Lohan and Pitbull (Lindsay Round Two)
In 2011, Pitbull made a debut song ‘Give Me Everything.’ One of the lines from the song is, “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.” It was a blatant insult about Lindsay’s legal troubles. She decided to file a lawsuit which claimed the lyric violated her privacy and led to emotional distress.
Pitbull later apologized to Lindsay and then simply took back his apology after his lawyers advised him that the lawsuit was frivolous. The judge didn’t find anything valid in her claims and said ‘Pitbull’s lyrics are protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution as art.’
P. Diddy and Valerie Turks
Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, got sued by Valerie in 2011. The defendants were Rodney King and Diddy’s ex-girlfriend. She had claimed that she was a mother of the rapper’s son named Cornelius, who was 23 years old back then. That first part of the lawsuit seemed reasonable until she accused Diddy of stealing a poker chip from Mississippi that belonged to her.
Valerie claimed the value was worth “100 zillions of dollars.” At a later stage, her lawyers claimed the poker chip was worth $1 trillion. She then later accuse Diddy of being responsible for the World Trade Center attack back in 2001. We aren’t aware of how she lost this lawsuit
Elizabeth Taylor and Willem Van Muyden
In 2003, Willem Van Muyden, gardener to the Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor hit her with a lawsuit for emotional distress and unfair dismissal. The gardener argued that the elderly actress would regularly insist that her homosexual butler perform sexual favors for her. According to court papers, he referred to this accusation as having to “jump the old trampoline.”
One day, needing a little help getting himself started, the butler allegedly made an advance on Van Muyden, and when the gardener rudely declined to help, his contract was terminated. Taylor’s lawyers claimed that the entire case was a work of complete fiction and that he was fired because he kept hiring illegal immigrants. The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Ron Livingston and Anonymous Person
You may be aware of who Ron is; he is a heterosexual actor. One day, Ron noticed that something was strange about his Wikipedia page. Someone anonymously edited his sexuality to gay. Shocked, Ron filed a lawsuit claiming libel, that his privacy is being invaded.
The problem with Wikipedia is that it’s open to anyone to edit completely anonymously, meaning the chances of Livingston finding a culprit were highly unlikely. So the libel charge was pretty pointless. Get a sense of humor, Ron.
Simon Cowell and Shoeless Chef
Simon required a personal chef at home. During the hiring process, he asked an applicant to kindly remove her shoes. She claimed her shoes weren’t returned to her after she left the premises. She tried to retrieve them but were never found.
The shoeless chef then filed a lawsuit for $661.59, the price of the orthopedic shoes. The case was settled with Simon paying a $75 in court costs, $9 for the gas the chef paid. So did she get the job?
Michael Jordan’s and Proclaimed Doppelganger – Allen
A guy named Allen Heckard claimed to be suffering from emotional damage because he claims to look exactly the same as the famous basketball player. Allen sued Michael for $800 million.
Allen was 30 pounds bigger and ten years old than Michael. Allen found that he didn’t stand a chance in winning the case, so he dropped the lawsuit before it got to the judge.
James Franco and Professor Jose Angel Santana
James enrolled at University for acting classes, to obtain a Master’s of Fine Arts. Franco didn’t like the professor or his teaching methods resulting in a D at the end of the semester.
The professor was fired and couldn’t find a job, he felt defamed, and so he decided to sue James. The lawsuit defaulted because the professors’ lawyers weren’t able to locate James and serve him papers.
Kim Kardashian and Rob Delaney
A stand-up comedian Rob filed a lawsuit for $18 million against Kim. Rob argued that the 72-day marriage to Kris Humphrey was a fraud and scam.
Ron went to Ryan Seacrest and asked him to promote the scam wedding. Of course, the case didn’t go to court, but it caused some friction in the media.
Michael Jackson and Kimberly Griggs
After the death of Michael, Kimberly filed a lawsuit for $1 billion because according to her, after their love affair in the 1970s, his inspiration for ‘Billie Jean’ and other songs on Thriller, were inspired by her.
The lawsuit was hand-written by her resulting in Michael’s lawyers not even responding to the pathetic attempt in gaining money from Michael’s estate. Well, that’s shameless.
Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb
I must say, Sofia dodged a bullet. Her ex-fiancé has sued her for the craziest reasons. They have been broken up since 2014, and the legal battles are still raging strong. He for custody of their unborn children, their frozen embryos.
Things got even weirder in 2016. He then decided to sue Sofia on behalf of the embryos claiming that the embryos have been deprived by not being born. He wants custody so the children can be born and given their inheritance.
Jennifer Lopez and Audience
Well, this one is weird. Jennifer Lopez was being sued for showing way too much skin in Morocco. The Moroccan laws stipulate that women cannot be exposed at all. So JLo did what she did best and shook her best asset, unaware of these laws.
During the televised show, viewers were insulted. Her actions could result in her being arrested for two years. I think it’s best to keep her private plan off their tarmac.
Kanye West and Inmate – Richard Dupree
Some inmates would stop at nothing to skip jail time. Inmate Richard sued Kanye for apparently stealing lyrics from the ‘victim. Apparently, Kanye had help in doing so.
Allegedly, Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Rihanna also participated and pulled this song heist off together with the help of the CIA and FBI. I wonder how long he’s been in that prison cell.
Taylor Swift and Robert Kloetzli
Taylor has a favorite number, well it’s a bit more than a favorite, and it’s an obsession. She loves number 13; it’s her lucky number. Taylor decorated platforms, website pages, and created tee-shirts with her lucky number 13.
The merchandiser of ‘Lucky 13’ brand didn’t like it. He felt she was stealing his brand, targeting the same market and using her sexy body to increase her sales. Eventually, all the claims were solved. Ridiculous right?
Nicki Minaj and Terrence Davidson
Nicki was sued for stealing and selling wigs. Nicki Minaj is known for her signature look with wigs. Nicki decided to open a line of wigs with the help of her former hairstylist, Terrance, who claimed to be a big part of the company.
After she bailed on him, he sued her for taking full ownership of the wig empire. The judge ruled that there isn’t something special about this company and it belonged to neither one of them.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth was sued for stalking Chris, not Chris Martin as in her ex-husband from Coldplay, no, not him. This is a case of mistaken identity. A Floridian, Chris Martin, claimed that Gwyneth and Donald Sterling had an affair that earned her $500,000 monthly to breed beautiful babies.
He went on saying that Donald called and threatened the fake-Chris Martin and threw bricks through his window. Lastly, ‘Chris’ suffered emotionally over the whole thing, so much he got an emergency restraining order against the ‘lovers’ and requested for 10 million due to life disturbances. His case failed, of course. Quite the story he created.
Oprah Winfrey and Flight Attendants
Oprah learned about her pilot and flight attendant getting busy on her private plane; she was sleeping when this reportedly happened. She immediately fired both of them, which resulted in them suing her for the unfair dismissal.
The pair of them claim this to be a false story. Apparently, the rumors might not have even taken place. Oprah’s goddaughter and a fellow passenger allegedly started the rumor, due to the pilot and attendants reluctance to their flight schedule.
Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Sunday
Jennifer reportedly sued Lindsay for stealing a formula for self-tanning products. Sevin Nyne which is a Sephora-exclusive tanning mist, which makes you orange.’
Jennifer teamed up Hollywood airbrush tanner, Lorit Simon, to create the self-tanning formula. Lorit then ran to Lindsay with the formula, and they created their brand, Sevin Nyne.
Paris Hilton and Producers
Paris Hilton was sued for being a terrible actress, for being lazy, irresponsible, and entitled. Paris acted in the comedy film called ‘Pledge This.’ Is anyone surprised by this lawsuit?
The producers hit her with a lawsuit for not promoting the movie. The failure in her participation allegedly affected the results regarding the film, such as bad reviews and losing millions.
Britney Spears and Kerry Vine
Britney was being sued for causing her bodyguard emotional distress. During the years, Britney has had quite a rough life, going through all her rocky phases in which she had a public breakdown, divorce, two sons, and the participation in some not-so-safe activities.
The former cop claims that Britney has always had outrageous behavior resulting in severe emotional distress for him. After a thorough review, Kerry has been involved in two other public lawsuits. He was simply trying to add more fuel to Britney’s fire.
Jamie Foxx and William Pressler – Bartender
Jamie hosted and glamorous after-party entailing stunning ice-sculptures and fancy cocktails and a bartender who worked hard to serve the higher class their shots and drinks. The bartender William claims the party crowd was rowdy and left broken glass all over the floor.
The bartender ended up slipping and cutting his hand severely, resulting in him never being able to pursue a career in brain surgery. He sued Jamie, the bar, his company and the vodka company for his injury and for losing out on a career he received an undergraduate degree for.
Kate Middleton and Closer Magazine
Kate Middleton was sunbathing topless at a private villa while on holiday. Of course, paparazzi don’t miss a thing. French magazine ‘Closer’ published topless photos of her without her knowing about it.
The Royal family took action and sued the magazine and eventually settled the dispute. The magazine paid $119,000 for the damages and $53,000 per person as part of a fine.
Kendall Jenner and Cutera Inc.’s
Model and star in ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’ sued a skincare company for $10 million because they used a picture of her without her consent.
Kendall’s lawyers had objected to the advertisements for Cutera Inc.’s Laser Genesis Treatment. This information, of course, began appearing all over New York City.
Texas Man and Dead Elvis
After Elvis passed away, on numerous accounts, people said it was fake. The conspiracies included him trying to avoid the government or the mafia, and he could have been an alien and gone home. A lot of people claim they have proof of these conspiracies.
A man from Fort Worth, Texas claimed that Elvis has been calling him, and he’s been calling him a great deal, so much that it has affected him mentally and rose his phone bills. It caused so much stress that he had to sue Elvis’ estate.
Frank Sivero and the Simpsons
Do you remember Fat Tony’s mafia from the Simpsons? Well, this case is regarding one of Tony’s henchman characters. Frank claims that the character is based on him.
Frank claims that he happened to live in the same building as the directors and writers of ‘The Simpsons’ and they created his the henchman’s character is based on him, the mannerisms and the looks. Frank filed a lawsuit against Fox for $250 million.
Katherine Heigl and Drug Store Retailer
I think things blew out of proportion in this case. Katherine went to a drug store chain, Duane Reade. The retailer thought the pictures would be good for their social media, so they sent out a tweet.
The tweet read “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drug store.” This enraged Katherine, and I can kind of understand why but she filed a lawsuit against the retailer for $6 million. That was a bit steep.
Jay-Z and WWE Diamond Dallas
A former WWE Wrestler named Diamond Dallas Page actually had a symbol made by hands, copyrighted. He copyrighted it as his ‘diamond cutter’ hand symbol. He gained knowledge of someone using his beloved sign.
Dallas decided to take the hip-hop artist Jay-Z to court after he used it as a part of his branding repertoire. Page eventually dropped the lawsuit after he settled for an undisclosed amount of cash.
Mila Kunis and Kristina Karo
Mila grew up in Ukraine and lived next to a girl named Kristina, her childhood friend. Kristina’s’ family had a few chickens. Eventually both the girls moved to the U.S separately and miraculously landed up living close to one another.
Kristina decided to sue Mila claiming that in first grade, Mila claimed to have stolen Kristina’s favorite chicken named Doggie. This theft apparently, left Kristina very emotionally scarred and distressed. Mila, you bad girl.
Tina Seals and Beyoncé
I’m pretty sure there is a place reserved in a bad place for people like you, Tina Seals. This time she sued Beyoncé and Jay Z. She claimed that she was a surrogate mother to Blue Ivy Carter and that the couple actually owed her around $5 million for her being surrogate.
We say ‘this time’ because Tina had also attempted to make the same claims about Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and even Kim Kardashian. Judges in California never take her seriously.
Evelyn Lozada and Vanessa Davis
Have any of you seen Basketball wives? Well, their cattiness doesn’t tone down when the cameras aren’t rolling. An athlete groupie, Evelyn, was called bad names on social media by Vanessa.
Evelyn claims that Vanessa merely is bitter because she didn’t get a part on the show. Reportedly, the legal actions made were to make a point. Evelyn eventually dropped the lawsuit.