A Blog Named Sue: More Lawsuits
Every month, I do an illustration for the Strange Suits feature in Inside Counsel Magazine. They send me capsule descriptions of four lawsuits. I do a rough sketch
for each, and they pick the one they like best.
The June 2011 winner involves two young internet celebs. Adorian Deck created the enormously popular Twitter account @OMGFacts. Emerson Spartz created the enormously popular Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet.com. The two formed a partnership in February 2010, but Deck is now suing Spartz for misappropriating
his intellectual property, i.e., the OMGFacts brand.
Four cast members from the 1970s sitcom Happy Days sued CBS, claiming the
network failed to pay them millions of dollars in merchandising revenue. Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, and Erin Moran played Potsie, Ralph,
Marion, and Joanie, respectively. CBS is not fighting the suit, and says it intends
to honor the contracts.
S. Victor Whitmill is the famous tattoo artist who gave ex-boxer Mike Tyson his distinctive facial tattoo. Whitmill sued Warner Bros. over similar-looking facial
art on a character in the movie, The Hangover: Part II. A judge denied an injunction (allowing the movie to be released), but the case is still pending.