Lifestyle Shatters in Court

Hiding money?

It was recently decided in a bankruptcy lawsuit that one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Girardi, would be responsible for disclosing pertinent financial documentation. Her accountant, lawyer, and landlord have also been dragged into the deal and must supply the needed documents, such as bank statements, pay slips, and correspondence pertaining to the state of her finances. This bankruptcy battle began in December 2020, after it was discovered that Girardi’s husband, who is a prominent Los Angeles lawyer, was involved in the misappropriation of settlement funds that were promised as payment to the families of the victims of a 2018 Boeing plane accident. Read more

Mold Covered Mansion

Property dispute

Although Megan Fox acknowledges that she failed to read prior reports and documentation about the state of the property, she agreed to move forward with the purchase of a $3.3 million Malibu mansion, once owned by Brad Pitt’s manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante. Among the claims addressed in Fox’s $5 million lawsuit against Pett-Dante, the actress focuses on mold and septic issues, as well as an illegal animal structure on the property. Fox stated that her main concern with the home was the presence of mold, which triggered chronic headaches and stress-related complications. The cost of fixing the stated issues was estimated at $500,000. Read more

Save the Whales

Alternative energy

A hot topic among politicians and the current presidential administration, climate change presents opportunities to address alternative energy sources. President Biden’s solution involves the development of offshore wind turbines, which may subsequently create jobs. Despite the prospective benefits of generating electricity for 400,000 homes, the $3 million, 800-megawatt project is a growing concern for Nantucket residents and members of the ACK Residents Against Turbines. According to their arguments, Vineyard Winds has failed to provide adequate research data supporting the safety and preservation of marine life. In particular, wind turbines potentially threaten the lives of endangered Northern Atlantic right whales. Read more

New Villain in Town

Screening litigation

According to a contractual agreement between Disney and Scarlett Johansson, box office ticket sales would largely determine the actress’s salary for her Black Widow performance. Following Disney’s decision to debut the film on the company’s streaming service, Disney+, on the same day as the theatrical release, Johansson filed a lawsuit for breach of contract on July 29. In her argument, Johansson claims a prior agreement to exclusively release the movie to theaters was not honored. She is alleging loss of compensation and financial opportunity. Read more