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Feb 15, 2011

Actress Lindsay Lohan, who has been in and out of the courtroom over the past few years, has been sued by the owner of a mobile tanning company, who claims she did not pay the business the $41,000 she owed for its services, TMZ reports.

Lorit Simon, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, claims that Lohan hired her company, Nevada-based Tanning Vegas, to work with her between 2007 and 2009.

Feb 7, 2011

The makers of the movie "The Hurt Locker" have requested that a federal judge partake in a special screening of the film and that he then dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by an Iraq war veteran claiming the picture is based on him.

The Associated Press reports that the makers of the film, which won an Academy Award, asked the judge to dismiss Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver's suit because the movie is actually a work of fiction.

Jan 26, 2011

A woman who lost an intellectual property lawsuit over the 2005 movie "Monster-in-Law" has been ordered to pay the defendants' legal fees, which total nearly $1 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Sheri Gilbert filed the lawsuit against more than 50 defendants over claims that "Monster-in-Law" was similar to a screenplay she had written about her struggles with her mother-in-law and that those targeted by the suit engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity to copy her work and share the profits."

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Jan 14, 2011

A publicist who previously worked to promote the Golden Globes has filed a lawsuit against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that holds the awards show, over alleged payola and kickbacks, reports the New York Times.

Michael Russell, who spent 17 years working for the HFPA, claims that members of the group nominated actors and films in exchange for money or gifts, made a profit from the sale of space on the red carpet and were paid to lobby fellow voters on behalf of certain movies.

Russell is now reportedly seeking $2 million in damages and lost

Jan 5, 2011

Overnight LLC, the original film production company behind the ballet drama "Black Swan," has filed a lawsuit against its former president, according to the New York Daily News.

In the $10 million breach of contract lawsuit, Overnight claims that Aaron Kaufman "decided to hold the financing for 'Black Swan' hostage to his personal desire to leave Overnight...