"Bristol Palin's reality show being sued by former Disney star Kyle Massey
"Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" has a hard time with the critics, but its harshest detractor might just be Palin's old "Dancing with the Stars" buddy, Kyle Massey.
Massey, his brother and mother have filed a lawsuit against the reality show's production company, Associated Television International (ATI), claiming copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition.
"We created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to [ATI], who stole our concept," Massey's mom, Angela, said, according to industry gossip site Deadline.
BIO canceled a reality show starring Palin and the Massey brothers, which was then picked up by Lifetime -- minus the Masseys -- and turned into "Life's a Tripp."
"These kinds of disputes surface all the time in television," Michael Elkin, managing partner of Winston & Strawn in New York, who specializes in intellectual-property law, said.
Among the things the Masseys need to prove to win the case, he said, is that they provided "sufficient detail" to the producers and that there is "substantial similarity" between the proposed series and the aired show.
"If it's merely the [series] concept or some ideas, it's not enough ... It has to be sufficiently fleshed out," Elkin said.
According to Nielsen, the premiere of "Life's a Tripp" drew 726,000 viewers."
"Bristol Palin and A&E Sued Again Over Reality Series
Life has been rough for the Lifetime reality show Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp. The show's star Bristol Palin and Lifetime's parent company A&E Television Network are being sued again — by the same person, Deadline reports.
In the new lawsuit, filed on June 28, Stephen Hanks claims defamation and invasion of privacy, and is seeking $75,000 against Palin and Lifetime. Hanks first filed three weeks ago after the network aired promos featuring him and Palin in a heated verbal spat at a West Hollywood bar. Hanks says the incident was filmed in September without his permission and demanded that Lifetime stop airing the footage. In the new suit, Hanks says he "has learned of additional defendants."
Hanks, a talent manager, adds in the suit that because of Palin's "deliberate, malicious and despicable" actions, he has "suffered harm to his profession and occupation and expended money as a result of the statements."
Also being sued are the series' production company Associated Television International and executive producer David McKenzie.
This is the second lawsuit filed against Life's A Tripp in the past month. Christopher and Kyle Massey, the latter of whom competed on Dancing with the Stars with Palin, have also sued ATI and McKenzie, claiming that the producers cut them out of the reality show.
Since its poor debut on June 19, Life's A Tripp has been removed from Lifetime's prime-time schedule."
"Sarah Palin's Incredible Shrinking Act Is Almost Complete
Last December, after Sarah Palin announced in October she wouldn't run for president, we started to notice she was shrinking. Now, four months ahead of the election, she seems smaller than ever. The latest sign of her diminished political significance is that Palin hasn't even been invited to the Republican National Convention by Mitt Romney, Newsweek's Peter Boyer reports. But it doesn't appear that it's because she's too busy with other things. The chief of staff for her SarahPAC quit, ABC News' Shushannah Walshe reports, because he didn't have enough to do. Palin hasn't totally endorsed Romney and she hasn't done any campaign events for him, and the worst part is, hardly anyone's noticed.
Palin's headlines have all announced a steady decline, even when we couldn't tell that's what was happening. Stories about her staff, for example, show it slowly became less professional. When Palin hired Michael Glassner to be her PAC's chief of staff in February 2011, it was considered a sign she might run for president. Now he's gone. When she fired two neoconservative foreign policy advisers the following May, it was thought to be a sign she might run against the Washington establishment. But it turned out she just wasn't going to be needing any foreign policy advisers. Even though Palin's web guru Rebecca Mansour was still on the SarahPAC payroll at the beginning of the year, she's faded from the news after sending direct messages on Twitter mocking Bristol Palin. Mansour's Twitter account is protected, limiting her ability to defend Palin online. And Palin's public events haven't gotten enough hype to draw wire photographers -- the last Associated Press photos of her are from her day of co-hosting the Today show, while the last ones from Reuters are from her CPAC speech in February. She gave a speech at an Americans for Prosperity-funded event in Michigan this weekend, and only Getty snapped some photos.
Palin turned her gig as a Fox News commentator into an outlet for airing old grievances from the 2008 campaign, taking not-very-relevant shots at Trig Truthers and the McCain campaign. Once Republicans started voting in the primaries, Palin sounded pretty much like any other pundit, and she seemed to know it. When Neil Cavuto asked her who she voted for, Palin said, "It is tough for me to spin out of a question like that when it comes from a Fox reporter."
Even Palin's supporters have lowered their expectations for their hero. "Palin for Energy Secretary!" screamed one fan at the Michigan event, according to the Detroit News."
"The 21-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin attended the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills on Friday (July 27) right after it was announced that she will be a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” all star edition"
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) â€” A custody case over one of Sarah Palin's grandchildren has been closed.
State court records show the case between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston involving their son, Tripp, was closed earlier this month after a lack of activity.
Johnston attorney Rex Butler says the best way to interpret this is that the parties are likely to work out their differences on their own.
In 2010, Bristol Palin and Johnston agreed Bristol would have primary physical custody and the two would share legal custody, subject to Bristol's resolution if they couldn't agree.
Bristol Palin and Tripp appeared on the recent Lifetime series "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," in which Johnston's presence in his son's life, or lack thereof, was part of the story line. The website TMZ last month reported Johnston wanted full custody.
An attorney for Bristol Palin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment."