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    TONY HSIEH’S FRIEND FILES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BREACH OF CONTRACT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORMER ZAPPOS CEO’S ESTATE

    Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of the online apparel retail company Zappos, was killed in a house fire in November 2020.  Since his untimely death, Hsieh’s estate has been hit with multiple claims, including $93 million in creditor claims filed by his longtime friend and assistant Jennifer “Mimi” Pham, consisting primarily of a large claim for anticipated profits from a streaming service venture of Hsieh’s.  Most recently, another longtime friend of Hsieh’s (and his financial manager), Tony Lee, sued the Hsieh estate in Las Vegas for breach of a $7.5 million contract. In his lawsuit, Lee alleges, pursuant to the contract, Hsieh agreed to pay Lee $1.5 million per year…

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    Introducing Odyssey: North Carolina Courts’ New E-Filing System

    On April 21, 2021, The Supreme Court of North Carolina adopted amendments to its General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts related to the Judicial Branch’s ongoing eCourts initiative.  The amendments, which will become effective May 10, 2021, pave the way for the implementation of Odyssey, a statewide electronic-filing and case-management system, to begin this summer.  While the entire implementation process is expected to take approximately five years, Mecklenburg County, as an “early adopter,” is expected to begin rollout later this year.   Currently, North Carolina still operates under a paper filing system; parties must print their documents and physically file them with the Court in hard-copy…

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    “THE MARATHON CONTINUES” BUT THE LITIGATION DOESN’T: NIPSEY HUSSLE’S ESTATE SETTLES FIVE-MONTH LEGAL BATTLE WITH CRIPS LLC OVER TRADEMARK

    American rapper Nipsey Hussle was tragically murdered on March 31, 2019, outside of his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles.  The word “Marathon” was used in several areas of Hussle’s professional career, including a record titled “The Marathon Continues,” released in November 2011.  While Hussle owned several trademarks for various “Marathon” terms and phrases during his life, he never obtained a trademark for “The Marathon Continues.”  Soon after Hussle’s untimely death, Crips LLC—an entity related to the California-based gang—swooped in and applied to register the trademark.  Less than two weeks later, Hussle’s brother Samiel Asghedom also applied to register the trademark on behalf of Hussle’s estate, acting in his…

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    COURT ORDERS PUBLIC RELEASE OF OFFICER NAMES IN VANESSA BRYANT INVASION OF PRIVACY LAWSUIT—WOULD HER CLAIM BE SUCCESSFUL IN NORTH CAROLINA?

    On September 17, 2020, Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in California against Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, alleging multiple causes of action including invasion of privacy, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  The lawsuit arises out of circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and their daughter, Gianna.  Specifically, Vanessa’s claims relate to the actions of multiple deputies, who captured and distributed graphic photos from the crash scene of the deceased victims.  “[O]ne deputy took between 25 and 100 photos on his personal cell phone—including some focused solely on the victims’ remains.”  Sheriff Alex Villanueva…

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    Introducing Lindley Law’s New Associate, Emily Seaton!

    Please join us in welcoming Emily Seaton to the Lindley Law team! Emily joins the firm after completing a clerkship with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She is a member of both the North Carolina Bar Association and South Carolina Bar Association. Emily is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law (2019), where she served as the Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Wofford College (2016) where she received two merit based scholarships and served as the President of the Panhellenic Council. Emily also recently placed in a legal writing competition…

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    MARIAH CAREY’S BROTHER, MORGAN, SUES HER FOR DEFAMATION AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS

    Morgan Carey is suing his younger sister and famous singer, Mariah Carey, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress related to stories recounted in her recently released memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.  The lawsuit focuses on several passages from her book, of which one reads: “It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room. I was a little girl with very few memories of a big brother who protected me. More often, I felt I had to protect myself from him, and sometimes I would find myself protecting my…

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    HOW DO MENTALLY INCOMPETENT PERSONS PURSUE/DEFEND LAWSUITS?

    Elder abuse often includes financial crimes that are, most frequently, crimes of opportunity because the senior has diminished mental capacity.  What is an elder to do if she finds herself the victim of fraud, particularly if she does not have the wherewithal to protect herself? Or the converse, can an incompetent person be sued? Some states prohibit an incompetent person from being a named party, particularly a Defendant.  However, North Carolina is in the majority of states which allow individuals deemed incompetent to be names as a party to a lawsuit, and outlines a process for doing so. Pursuant to Rule 17 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure,…

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    LARRY KING LEAVES THREE SENTENCE, HANDWRITTEN WILL FOR THE BENEFIT OF HIS FIVE CHILDREN

    Legendary journalist and radio host Larry King passed away on January 23, 2021 at the age of 87 after his hospitalization in December for COVID-19.  According to his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick King, he ultimately succumbed to a sepsis infection after surviving the coronavirus. King wrote his will on October 17, 2019, two months after filing for divorce against Southwick King and it reads as follows: This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings. In the event of my death, any day after the above date I want 100% of my funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr., Chance &…

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY LINDLEY AND SATIE MUNN FOR THEIR SELECTIONS IN SUPER LAWYERS MAGAZINE

    Lindley Law is pleased to announce its recognition by the 2021 edition of  Super Lawyers. Trey Lindley was selected as one of only four 2021 Super Lawyers in Estate and Trust Litigation, his fourth consecutive year receiving this award.  Trey was previously recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012 through 2017, making this his tenth consecutive honor from the publication.  Satie Munn was selected as one of only three 2021 Rising Stars in the Estate and Trust Litigation category.  This is Satie’s third consecutive year receiving the award for Rising Star in Estate and Trust Litigation. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys by state…

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    JUDGE BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON AGENCY’S CONTRACT WITH ZION WILLIAMSON AND THROWS IT OUT FOR TECHNICAL FOULS

    While still a college basketball player at Duke University, Zion Williamson signed an agency agreement with Prime Sports Marketing and its founder, Gina Ford.  Six weeks later, Williamson announced he found a better deal and was (fast) breaking the contract to team up with another agent.  He then filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina seeking a declaratory judgment that his contract with Prime Sports Marketing and Ford was void as a matter of law. Six days later, Ford filed suit in Florida seeking $100 million in punitive damages, while also claiming Prime Sports Marketing sent Williamson’s stepfather $100,000 as an advance on his earnings and that he…