Caitlyn Jenner Sued for Negligence by Grammy Nominated Composer

Caitlyn Jenner is being sued for negligence by a family who suffered injuries in the fatal February crash that killed Kim Howe.

Los Angeles personal injury attorneys Panish Shea & Boyle filed suit against Jenner on behalf of grammy nominated Peter Wolf-Millesi, his wife Lea, the couple’s two minor children, and Lea’s mother Elga Maurer.

According to the firm’s site:  On February 7, 2015, Peter Wolf-Millesi was driving a Hummer H2 southbound on Pacific Coast Highway on the way to his eldest son’s tennis tournament. His wife Lea was seated beside him in the passenger seat, while his two sons and mother-in-law rode in the backseat. At the same time, Caitlyn Jenner, driving a Cadillac Escalade and towing a trailer with an all-terrain vehicle on it, was traveling northbound when she rear-ended a Lexus LS 430 driven by Howe. The Lexus was launched into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with the Wolf-Millesi’s vehicle. Jenner’s SUV continued forward, rear-ending a Toyota Prius driven by Jessica Steindorff before coming to a stop.

“All of a sudden a car comes into our lane from oncoming traffic and rushes onto our hood. We were shocked and terrified we were all going to die,” says Peter, recalling the crash. “When you’re involved in an accident that claimed the life of someone, you’re just not the same anymore. So many lives have been changed forever,” adds Lea.

In the suit, Peter Wolf-Millesi claims to have suffered sever nerve damage to his wrists and hands and – as a composer – has been unable to work.  Lea has suffered orthopedic trauma to her legs, neck, knees and back and will continue to have pain and physical limitations.   It also indicates that Maurer – Lea’s mother – suffered a C-spine “hangman’s fracture” in her neck.

In the suit, Wolf-Millesi claims he suffered nerve damage to both hands and wrists and has been unable to work. Lea allegedly suffered orthopedic trauma to her legs, neck, back and knees; she continues to have ongoing pain and physical limitations. The suit also states that Maurer suffered a C-spine “hangman’s fracture” in her neck.  A hangman’s fracture occurs when the neck is hyper extended and typically happens in car accidents when a person’s chin is slammed against the steering, dashboard, or windshield.

While investigators found that Jenner was traveling at a speed unsafe for traffic conditions, no vehicular manslaughter charge was filed.

Court Ruling Ends 20-Year Anna Nicole Smith Estate Battle

On Tuesday, a Texas appellate court likely closed the infamous 20-year dispute between the estate of J. Howard Marshall II and the late Anna Nicole Smith.

The decision, made by the First Court of Appeals, relieves the one-time Playboy Playmate’s estate of over $500,000 in sanctions she was ordered to pay her former son-in-law, E. Pierce Marshall, for filing a frivolous challenge to her deceased husband’s will. It comes 20 years after Marshall’s death and more than eight years after Smith’s death. Anna Nicole’s notability particularly grew during the prolonged court battle over Marshall’s estate, which prompted speculation she had married the investor for his money – claims she always denied.

The ruling also looks to have infinitely ended a complex legal struggle involving litigation in multiple states and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court dismissed the sanctions against Anna Nicole Smith, stating Pierce Marshall had the onus of attaining a jury verdict on the amount of fees due, but the probate court simply set the amount without reason. The Court opinion regarding this case can be found here.

With the apparent end to this notoriously lengthy estate dispute, the importance of a properly crafted will cannot be emphasized enough. Contacting a Phoenix estate planning lawyer is your first step to ensuring your estate is distributed exactly the way you want after your death.      

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti End Their 11-Year Marriage

Ashley Judd and her husband have decided to end their marriage of 11 years. Their breakup was announced on Tuesday by People magazine.  Judd, 44, and race car driver Dario Franchitti, 39, were married at a castle in Scotland in 2001.  The couple released a statement, “We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”  The couple does not have any children.  Franchitti has won the Indianapolis 500 three times.  Judd has been an actress for years and is also involved in Tennessee politics.  If you are contemplating divorce, seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney in your area.  You can find a lawyer at ilawyersource.com.

X Factor Has Lawsuit Filed Against Them By Cheryl Cole

Los Angeles, CA –Cheryl Cole has filed a lawsuit against “X Factor” producers Blue Orbit Productions.  She was let go from the show just before the first season started and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.  Cole’s lawsuit states that she was promised $2 million plus $300,000 for wardrobe, styling, and a living allowance.  She was allegedly hired under a “pay-or-play” contract for two seasons of the show which means the producers must pay her even if they let her go.  Cole was paid $1.8 million for Season 1, but she is seeking the money owed her for Season 2.  The lawsuit seeks interest, legal fees, and any other relief the court deems fair.  If you believe that you are owed money on a contract, contact a Los Angeles breach of contract attorney to review your case.

Jamie McCourt Petitions To Renegotiate The Divorce Settlement

Los Angeles, CA  —Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife are back in court.  Jamie McCourt has asked the court to set aside their divorce settlement, stating that her husband understated the value of the Dodgers.  Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers earlier this year for $2 billion, the highest price ever for a sports team.  Jamie McCourt said she tried to settle the dispute out of court, but was unsuccessful.  Jamie’s lawyer said that “Mr. McCourt got about 93 percent of the family assets, and Mrs. McCourt got about 7 percent.”  The motion was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.  The couple’s divorce settlement was finalized in October 2010, with Jamie McCourt receiving $131 million.  Frank McCourt is said to be worth about $1.7 billion.  A hearing on the motion to set aside the divorce settlement is scheduled for Nov. 16.  If you are in the midst of a divorce, get the help of a Los Angeles divorce attorney to protect your rights.

Validity Of Michael Jackson’s Will Questioned By Some Family Members

Los Angeles, CA — Michael Jackson’s youngest brother and three of his siblings have called Michael Jackson’s will a fake.  Randy Jackson wrote a letter to the Jackson estate executors, asking them to resign.  The one thing he hasn’t done is challenge the will in court.  The only people who received money in Michael’s will were his mother and his three children — Prince, 15; Paris, 14; and Blanket, 10.  Experts say even if the will was invalid, there would be no change in how the money has been distributed. California law requires the estate to benefit the children.  The will signed in 2002 is a five-page document and many provisions are set out in a trust.  The will was signed on July 7, 2002 in Los Angeles with the signatures of three witnesses.  The problem is there is proof that Michael Jackson was in New York on that day and not in Los Angeles.   Any challenge to the will should have been filed within four months of it being accepted into probate.  That occurred in November of 2009.  If you have a significant amount of wealth, it is important that you prepare a will or trust, so your estate is distributed the way you want after your death.  Contact a Los Angeles estate planning attorney to draw up your will.

 

Former Olympians Arrested

Check out this post we found at playersarrested.com.  It has an interesting and entertaining list of some ex-Olympians and the legal trouble they found themselves in.   Not everyone will agree with their stance on the Olympics, but it makes for a quick and fun read.

NBA Star Jason Kidd Charged With DUI After Accident

New York –NBA basketball player Jason Kidd was arrested on charges of drunk driving after he crashed his car early Sunday morning.  Kidd was driving his Cadillac Escalade near his home in the Hamptons when he ran a stop sign and skidded 25 feet into the woods.  He hit several trees before stopping.  Kidd, 39, had been partying at an exclusive club. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident.  He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.  After his arrest, he was arraigned and released.  Kidd refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the scene and later refused to take a chemical test at the hospital.  Just last week Kidd left the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the New York Knicks to a $3 million a year deal.  If you have been charged with a DUI, contact a New York DUI attorney to defend your rights.

Millionaire Guma Aguiar’s Wife Tries To Overturn Prenup

New York — Missing millionaire Guma Aguiar’s wife tried to overturn their prenuptial agreement two months before he disappeared.  Guma Aguiar, 35, was last seen on June 19 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Authorities found his empty fishing boat washed up on the beach with the engine running.  No one has seen the man since.  Aguiar’s assets are valued at over $100 million.  His mother, Ellen Aguiar, and his wife, Jamie Aguiar, are fighting a legal battle over control of the assets.  Jamie’s prenup entitles her to only $500,000, but she says the prenup is invalid because he misrepresented his worth when it was drawn up.  While the prenup was being written, a company, Portland Energy Partners, L.P., that Guma Aguiar owned most of was sold for $2.5 billion.  Jamie Aguiar said that during her marriage her husband suffered from “severe bipolar disorder, psychosis, illicit and prescription drug abuse, and psychological problems.”  She was taking legal steps so that she and her four children could be safe and secure.  If you have assets that need the protection of a prenuptial agreement, contact an experienced New York prenuptial agreement lawyer to review your situation.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes To Divorce

Los Angeles, CA –After five years of marriage Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are calling it quits.  Cruise. 49, and Holmes, 33, got married in November 2006 at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.  This was Katie Holmes’ first marriage, but it was the third for Cruise who was previously married to actresses Nicole Kidman (with whom he has two adopted children) and Mimi Rogers.  Cruise and Holmes have one child together, Suri, who is six years old.  The couple reportedly have a prenup.  The have a net worth of approximately $275 million.  The couple has not been seen in public together since they attended an Oscar party in February.  On June 12, Cruise received the Friars Foundation’s Entertainment Icon Award, with only Suri and his son Connor by his side.  TMZ.com has reported that Holmes made the decision to end her marriage because of differences regarding how Suri should be raised.  Cruise wants to put Suri into a Scientology group called Sea Org, and Holmes does not.  Sea Org is a boot camp where children as young as five can live without their parents.  Holmes does not want Suri indoctrinated into Scientology.  If you are considering a divorce, contact a Los Angeles divorce attorney to protect your rights.