11 Silliest Lawsuits Filed by Celebrities (PHOTOS)

Zayda Rivera | Jan 30, 2016 Celebrities
11 Silliest Lawsuits Filed by Celebrities (PHOTOS)

Watch what you do around some celebrities -- or they might just sue you. From defending their sexual preferences to battling neighbors over loud noises, the stars will pull out all the legal stops if you mess with them. But at times the lawsuits are just downright silly.

Here are 11 of the silliest lawsuits filed by celebrities.

 

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  • Kim Kardashian vs. Old Navy

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    in 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian sued The Gap for $20 million over an Old Navy TV commercial that featured a similar-looking brunette reality star named Melissa Molinaro. Kim K claimed her fans were asking her on Twitter if she was the model in the ad. The lawsuit was settled out of court for undisclosed terms in 2012 and the ad was taken down from YouTube. We can't believe it even got that far.

     

    Old Navy for $20 milllion after she claims the company used a lookalike model in a commercial. 

  • Lindsay Lohan vs. E-Trade

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    Actress Lindsay Lohan was reportedly furious after seeing E-Trade Bank's 2010 Super Bowl TV commercial featuring a talking baby referencing "that milkaholic Lindsay." Lohan was sure they were poking fun at her public struggles with substance abuse so she sued for $100 million. Her lawyer went as far as to state that she's known by one name like Madonna or Cher, in a bid to strengthen her stance that the commercial was about her. Um, OK. The suit was eventually withdrawn with prejudice, according to court documents. 

  • Mariah Carey vs. Mary Carey

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    It was just too close for comfort. Mariah Carey was not about to share her name with a porn star so the musical diva sued Mary Carey in 2006 for her similar sounding moniker. The adult film star, born Mary Ellen Cook, jump started her career in 2002 under that name, but the multiplatinum-selling artist wasn't having it. Carey actually won the case in 2007, leaving the porn star without a name.

  • Prince vs. Fans

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    In a move that wasn't likely to increase his fan base, Prince sued members of a social media fan group for posting alleged bootlegged copies of his performances online. Under his full name, Prince Rogers Nelson, the singer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California on Jan. 16 against 22 individuals for $1 million each - for a total of $22 million. When they took down the videos, he dropped the suit.

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  • Courtney Love vs. American Express

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    And you thought you were late on your credit card bills. Courtney Love was not having it when American Express sued her for  $352,000 in unpaid charges. She countersued, claiming that starting in 2004, American Express began issuing "an inordinate number" of credits cards, reportedly 104, in her name, using her social security number and other personal information. After Love failed to prove her claims and Amex identified only three cards in her name that contained all the outstanding balances, the case was permanently dismissed in February 2011. 

  • Donald Trump vs. Bill Maher

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    When Bill Maher joked on the Tonight Show that he would pay $5 million if the orange-hued Donald Trump could prove he wasn't the spawn of an orangutan, Trump released his birth certificate -- then sued Maher, saying that Maher had broken a verbal contract by not ponying up the money. Trump later got a grip and dropped the lawsuit.

  • Quentin Tarantino vs. Alan Ball

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    Apparently, the king of oncreenn violence, Quentin Tarantino, couldn't take a few "blood curdling screams" coming from his neighbor's house. In 2011, Tarantino sued neighbor, American Beauty director/writer Alan Ball, because the latter's exotic birds made so much noise, that he couldn't work. The suit was settled in a neighborly manner, out of court, and Tarantino finished writing Django Unchained. 

  • Lindsay Lohan vs. Grand Theft Auto

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    In July 2014, Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar Games and publisher Take-Two Interactive for using her likeness in their open-world crime game. Lohan claimed the character Lacey Jonas was very similar to her and used not only in the game but also on promotional art, discs, and other merchandise. "Multiple people in the general public have reached out to the Plaintiff believing [Lacey Jonas] was the Plaintiff, creating consumer confusion in the market place," the suit claimed. 

  • 50 Cent vs. Taco Bell

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    On July 23, 2008, 50 Cent sued Taco Bell for making him an unauthorized spokesman for an ad campaign. In a marketing ploy, Taco Bell publicly released a letter addressed to Fiddy in which the company suggested he change his name for a day to "79 Cent," "89 Cent" or "99 Cent," to match prices of certain menu items. The company, would, in turn, donate money to charity. Fiddy sued for $4 million in damages. The company claimed it was all in the name of charity.

  • Ron Livingston vs. Wikipedia

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    Apparently, former Sex and the City star Ron Livingston didn't get the memo that anyone can edit a Wikipedia entry, and that it's not exactly Encyclopedia Britannica. When an anonymous  author -- aka a prankster -- kept updating the actor's profile to say he's gay, Livingston filed a lawsuit claiming privacy invasion and unauthorized usage of his likeness. The suit was effective...in giving the prank even more publicity.

  • Slipknot vs. Burger King

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    Shock metal band Slipknot, whose members wear masks onstage, sued Burger King in 2005, saying the fast-food chain was trying to capitalize on the band's image to get people to eat chicken fries. Burger King's ads for the product featured a fake rock band, hilariously named Coq Roq, that also used -- wait for it -- masks. The lawsuit and the ad were later withdrawn.

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