Fountain Lady may sue, Jeff Koons is suing and Twitter gets sued: Today's legal roundup
Get the legal fight on:
Case 1: Fountain Lady vs. Mall Security
Last week, a video made the circuits of a woman making the all-too-common mistake of texting and walking. She just happened to be walking right in the path of a mall fountain. "I saw the water coming at me, I could see the pennies and nickels at the bottom of the fountain and then I was in it," Cathy Cruz Marrero told the Reading Eagle. Soaked and shaken, she gets out hoping that no one saw her.
Well, the security cameras in the mall did, and the guards played it over and over, much to the amusement of their friends, who recorded the whole thing, uploaded it to YouTube and introduced the world to Fountain Lady. Marrero, of course, wants the whole thing to go away, so she did what anyone would do to squash a viral video: She made the morning television rounds with a lawyer who said they would be investigating the incident and might consider suing the mall.
And the requisite news interview:
Case 2: Jeff Koons vs. Balloon Animals
Jeff Koons, the pop artist most famous for the giant, shiny sculpture of a balloon dog that has graced the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, does not like other balloon-dog sculptures. He's suing two design companies that sell balloon-dog bookends. They are not the same color as Koons's, and they are not the same shape as Koons's. The New York Times says the suit will be hard to win.
Twitter vs. someone with the same idea as Twitter
All those tweets of Kanye West and Justin Bieber could wind up giving VS Technologies a very nice settlement if a court rules in its favor. VS Technologies alleges that Twitter infringed on its patent for a "method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people." TechCrunch offers this advice on their suit: "Yeah, good luck with that."
| January 20, 2011; 4:13 PM ET
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