Celebrity

High-profile entertainment figures—from movie and television stars, to musicians and sports stars—often create headlines with even the most mundane legal matter.

Dec 27, 2011

The Texas Rangers' catcher Mike Napoli recently had a lawsuit filed against him by a childhood friend who alleges the athlete backed out of a business deal.

According to TMZ, Napoli allegedly agreed to appearing at his friend Willie McCoy's Florida sports memorabilia shop as a promotional event for his store, but Napoli failed to show up, resulting in McCoy losing thousands of dollars.

Napoli and McCoy had been friends since they were seven years old, but McCoy filing the lawsuit has caused a rift between the two, TMZ reported.

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Dec 27, 2011

Alleging she was used as a slave to the performer, Lady Gaga's former assistant recently filed a lawsuit against the Mermaid Touring Company, which the singer uses for concerts.

Jennifer O'Neill alleges she worked for Lady Gaga for 13 months and is owed $380,000 in overtime.

O'Neill contends that as a former assistant to the pop singer, she was forced to do things against her will, such as fetching a towel for the pop superstar after she showered and keeping Gaga on schedule.

According to the lawsuit, O'Neill's job included her "ensuring the

Dec 23, 2011

Several NFL players are involved in a lawsuit that was recently filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta alleging brain injuries sustained during their playing days have affected their quality of life.

Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levins, Fulton Kuykendall and Ryan Stewart all are plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed against the league they formerly played in.

Dec 23, 2011

Golden State Warriors star guard Monta Ellis was hit with a lawsuit recently by a former female employee of the team, who alleges he harassed her by sending her explicit text messages.

Erika Ross Smith alleged in her lawsuit that the basketball star sent her unwanted text messages, some of which included a photo of his genitals, as often as several times a day starting in November 2010.

Smith worked in the team's community relations department during the time Ellis was allegedly sending her the unwanted text messages.

Dec 22, 2011

Former NFL wide receiver and Olympic sprinter Willie Gault was hit with a lawsuit recently that alleges he took part in efforts to fraudulently boost stock of a company he helped manage.

California-based Heart Tronics was being managed by the former athlete when the company announced millions of dollars in fake sales for its heart monitoring devices between 2006 and 2008.