Today’s (June 16) Daily News reports on two lawsuits, which they printed, conveniently, side by side on the top of page 32.
The juxtaposition fits neatly into one goal in this blog: reporting on all sorts of lawsuits. Nice, nasty, silly, serious. Take a look:
Sour note over Gaga cash. A New Jersey rock producer says he was cut out of the rich royalties reaped from four Lady Gaga songs on which he collaborated, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday.
Calvin Gaines’ suit against his longtime partner Rob Pusari claims the fellow Garden State producer cheated him out of credit for the tunes.
Together the duo co-authored the score for a quartet of the songstress’ melodies, including mega-hit “Paparazzi,” as well as “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” “Disco Heaven” and “Retro Dance,” the suit says.
Lady Gaga wrote the songs’ lyrics, according to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York.
This is probably not a contingency lawsuit. (Did you know that Lady Gaga purportedly wrote lyrics? I’m surprised. But I don’t really follow, shall we say, the life of Lady Gaga, except when she’s suing or someone is suing her.)
Then look at another case, undoubtedly a contingency lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court: “Storm victim’s kin to sue city.”
Petty to profoundly sad. Yet both are justifiable lawsuits.