February 22, 2013 09:14 AM by Megan Wilson
Lindsay Lohan attempted to use the law to her advantage-for once-and lost-miserably. The Punk’d star took rapper Pitbull to court over her name being used in one of his songs, and not only was she unsuccessful, but her lawyers managed to get fined for plagiarism as well! Keep reading for the details!
Lindsay Lohan has a penchant for embarrassing herself and anyone connected to her. Take Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen for example. The newest parties to be punished for their Lohan affiliation is a member of Lohan’s legal team, Stephanie Ovadia. Stephanie and Lohan took famed rapper Pitbull to court after her name appeared in his song, “Give Me Everything”. The line reads, “I’ve got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan”. Lilo was none too happy about this, and sued Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez. Lohan claims that the song “includes an unwarranted, unauthorized, and unfavorable mention of [her] name and personality, and allusions to [her] physical and mental character.”
Thankfully, the judge wasn’t buying it. Judge Denis Hurley threw the lawsuit out of court, saying that Lindsay’s claim, which is based on a New York Civil Rights Law, doesn’t apply to works of art; and that the First Amendment affords full protection. In the ruling, the judge wrote, “The fact that the Song was presumably created and distributed for the purpose of making a profit does not mean that plaintiff’s name was used for ‘advertising’ or ‘purposes of trade’ within the meaning of the New York Civil Rights Law.”
But here’s where everything gets funny. Pitbull wanted Lohan’s lawyers sanctioned for bringing a frivolous lawsuit to the courts. The judge said that since there’s no real precedence for this type of case, that a frivolous lawsuit sanction wasn’t necessary; but since Lohan’s lawyers provided plagiarized documents to the court, he was going to fine the attorneys. he ordered a judgement of $1,500 for sanctionable plagiarism and false representation. Lohan’s lawyers drummed up their court papers by skimming off sections of online legal sources and newspaper articles!
Marcos Jimenez, Pitbull’s legal counsel, said in a statement to E! that he couldn’t be happier with the judgement. ”He felt it was very important to address this head on to protect his right and the rights of other artist. He decided to fight this,” Marcos said. “This will further solidify the rights of artists to express themselves in song.” Jimenez added that Pitbull wasn’t shocked when he learned of the lawsuit back in March, but that he was disappointed.
I’ve just gotta ask how much LiLo is paying her lawyers when they submit plagiarized papers to the court like a grade school kid! What do you think of the latest judgement? Let us know in the comments!
Photo Credit: E!
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