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Ten ex-'Idol' contestants file multi-million dollar lawsuit, claiming racial discrimination

Former American Idol contestant Corey Clark is suing Fox again… and this time, he’s not alone.

EW has confirmed that 10 onetime Idol hopefuls — including Clark (season 2), Jaered Andrews (season 2), Jacob John Smalley (season 2), Donnie Williams (season 3), Terrell Brittenum (season 5), Derrell Brittenum (season 5), Thomas Daniels (season 6), Akron Watson (season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (season 8), and Chris Golightly (season 9) — have banded together to file a suit against the singing series.

The plaintiffs claim that they were treated unfairly — and kicked off the show unjustly — because they all happen to be black.  READ FULL STORY

Lawsuit against Al Gore and Current TV dismissed

Current TV’s long day in court may finally be over.

In March of this year, the cable network — founded and ultimately sold to Al Jazeera by former vice president Al Gore — finally reached a settlement with Keith Olbermann, who filed a $70 million lawsuit against his former employer after being fired in March 2012.

Now a San Francisco judge has formally dismissed another multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought against Current and Gore: A $5 million complaint brought by TV consultant John Terenzio, who claimed that Gore and his team stole his idea to sell the struggling cable network to the massive Middle Eastern news corporation Al Jazeera.

According to a publicly available court papers, Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled yesterday that Terenzio had not alleged enough to support his causes of action, or to support Gore’s personal liability. The judge is giving Terenzio ten days to amend his complaint, which could mean that Current isn’t out of the woods quite yet.

Current TV announced its sale to Al Jazeera in January. Gore reportedly made $70 million from the deal.

Model sues 'Mad Men' for image use in opening credits

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Before Mad Men returns for its sixth season on April 7, it has one small legal matter it might want to attend to.

Despite the show being about advertising execs, it appears that Don Draper didn’t supervise the creation of the hit show’s opening sequence. Model Gita Hall May is suing Lions Gate Entertainment, claiming that the show’s title sequence uses her image without her permission.

Filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the suit says that the opening sequence has played a part in the show earning “in excess of $1 billion,” and that Hall May has not been paid. The complaint is about misappropriation of right of publicity for commercial purposes and says the producers “have intentionally misled the public into believing that Plaintiff endorses Defendants and their products.”

The suit reads: “Because Defendants exploited the Photograph and Plaintiff’s likeness and image while knowing that Defendants had no right to do so, and knowing that such conduct was a violation of Plaintiff’s legal rights and the law, Defendants have acted with fraud, malice and oppression.”

Hall May wants statutory and punitive damages, injunctive relief, albany commercial litigation attorney fees and costs, restitution and the cost of the suit.

Lions Gate had no comment.

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