Kareem Abdul-Jabbar waiting for judge's decision on lawsuit
The Upper Deck Co.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The ball is now in a Los Angeles judge’s court in a lawsuit brought by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against a trading card company and its CEO.
Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian said today he wanted more time to consider a defense motion to dismiss the executive from the case. A final status conference will be held tomorrow and trial is scheduled to start Dec. 12.
The former Laker sued Carlsbad-based The Upper Deck Co. Inc. its CEO, Richard McWilliam, in August 2010, claiming they used an image from his UCLA Bruin playing days on a trading card without his permission. Abdul-Jabbar was then known as Lew Alcindor.
Among the trial’s scheduled witnesses are Abdul-Jabbar and another former Bruin center, Bill Walton, who is listed as among those to be called by the defense.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A judge today heard arguments but did not immediately rule on whether a lawsuit filed by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, alleging that a trading card company misused his image, should be transferred to San Diego County.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian took the case under submission and said he would have a decision soon.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A motions hearing that was set to start today has been rescheduled for Wednesday in post-divorce proceedings between Frank and Jamie McCourt in which the value of the Los Angeles Dodgers is at issue.
Jamie McCourt is suing her ex-husband for $770 million, claiming Frank McCourt lowballed the team’s worth in the couple’s settlement.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will launch a fundraising campaign for blood cancer research during halftime tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar will take to the court to start the countdown clock for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Skyhook Challenge to raise $38,387, matching the record number of points he scored in his NBA career.
He was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.
LOS ANGELES, calif. — A fifth man has filed a lawsuit alleging sex abuse by Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who gave Sesame Street’s Elmo his voice.
The allegations that Kevin Kiadii, 25, made against Clash, 52, are similar to those made by four other men who said they were courted and seduced by Clash when they were underage teenagers.
The lawyer defending Clash called the other suits “meritless and barred by the statute of limitations,” but he did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the newest filing.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A federal appeals panel ruled that an informal citizen-led invocation referring to Jesus that opened Lancaster City Council meetings for years did not endorse Christianity, according to a decision obtained today.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Tuesday that a local bishop’s single reference to Jesus in an invocation in April 2010 was not unconstitutional because it was not used as an attack or promotion of any one religion or government with a particular faith.