Thursday, March 10, 2011

Charlie Sheen Files Suit - COTW #31

I had a serious case with a substantive legal issue all picked out for the Case of the Week, but... much like Hot Shots! Part Deux and Men at Work... Charlie Sheen ruined everything. He had to go and file a lawsuit today against Chuck Lorre and WB Studios. TMZ has a copy of the Complaint.

He included several contract-based claims, as well as a disability claim under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and violations of the California labor code. Paragraph 87 features some comic relief with allegations that Mr. Lorre made vanity cards at the end of his shows (frankly, I don't know what this means) that included such statments as:
We employ a highly paid Hollywood professional who has years of experience with putting his life at risk. And sadly no, I'm not talking about our stuntman.
The Complaint also includes lyrics to a song Lorre wrote called "Hooker in the Closet." Sounds catchy!

Attorney Martin Singer filed the Complaint. I was really pulling for a Charlie Sheen pro se filing in which his alleged disability is Tiger Blood and perhaps a GINA claim for his Adonis DNA. It's a serious lawsuit though, and he claims damages in the amount of $100,000,000... not including interest, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees of course. "Ninth Step Productions" is a co-plaintiff... not sure who that is.

Hat tip to Jon Hyman for pointing me to the Complaint. He is currently celebrating successfully predicting a disability claim in Sheen's Complaint.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.