A lawsuit alleging that Lady Gaga misrepresented how funds received from sales of her Japanese earthquake relief wristbands would be allocated raised a few eyebrows on Monday, and now Gaga is speaking out against it.
In a statement, the superstar singer – who's visited Tokyo in an effort to boost tourism – called the suit “misguided” and “without merit.”
Attorneys from the Michigan based 1-800-Law-Firm filed a complaint in Michigan last Friday, alleging that Gaga and affiliated companies haven’t been transparent about where donated funds were going. Proceeds from the Gaga-designed wristbands sold were advertised as going solely to relief efforts, which the suit claims is misleading.
The complaint, available for perusal here, alleges that “a portion of the first five dollars of each donation" was kept by Gaga and those affiliated with the project, in addition to keeping a portion of shipping costs and taxes.
In her statement, Gaga denies keeping a cut of funds raised from wristband sales.
“Unfortunately,” she says, the suit “takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan. “The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements.”
The statement concludes, “Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster."
Someone needs to keep these celebrities in check. We get it – you work hard, perform every night, jet lag – blah blah blah. You screwed up – fix it!
Alyson Oliver (The attorney who filed this lawsuit) filed for bankruptcy. Public records show she filed her own personal bankruptcy several months ago (Case No. 10-74647 in the Eastern District of Michigan) alleging she was broke and her law firm 1800Lawfirm was worthless. She also has filed a lawsuit saying that she has no money to pay her student loans because she is bankrupt. I hope Lady Gaga sues her for defamation and goes after her law license.
Charity wristbands usually are not charged Sales Tax. If it’s as simple as a web designer's mistake they should admit it and make the correction. Except for the quick generic statement from her Rep, her organization has had 6 working days to adjust or clarify the web site. Hopefully we will see something coming up this week. Join the conversation on twitter #gagalawsuit.
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Wow. Finally. Normally any story about GaGa just brings out the hate mail. Apparently even the haters have a lower opinion of lawyers. Hopefully this lawsuit will go away. More than a few successful people stop trying to help because they just turn into targets like this.
1-800-Law-Firm is a group of ambulance chasers who advertise on local TV here in Michigan. They are just doing this for the publicity.
How is it that our nation is in need of more engineers and physicians but we can produce attorneys in assembly-line fashion? With a majority of our politicians holding law degrees is it any wonder we're circling the toilet bowel? Maybe "1-800-LAW-FIRM" will end up costing the entertainer some legal fees that could have gone toward much better purposes.... I wouldn't expect anything else of such a law office as this....
I think her people will turn around and get all court cost paid back to them for a frivolous case and go after this firm for defamation. Gaga has a group of amazing people working for the Haus and people will learn that when your doing good to help humanity, going after them with silly lawsuits is not going to help your PR rep.
Good of Gaga to do this & shame on the 1-800-LAW-FIRM who are certainly in it for profit!
So this means they will drop the case right? BEcause the 1-800-LAW-FIRM, said they made the sue because they heard gaga's people apparently say some of the money was being retained, (even though there is no proof if they did or didnt do this), so now that she has actually said that she did not keep any of the money, there proof that wasn't proof in the first place, means nothing since she said she didnt, meaning. cased closed
I hope you're right, but I'm afraid they might come up with another bs excuse. I have the feeling they're doing this for publicity, not for justice, (and maybe also to tarnish her name) so they could easily just ignore this and keep it going. I mean come on, this really doesn't seem like a real lawsuit. They made a twitter account and hashtag just for it, so I'm absolutely convinced that the only thing they care about is making a name for themselves, while destroying her name. I just hope it comes back to bite them in the butt. It's sad that when we FINALLY get another celebrity who's willing to do good for the world, people find some way to bring them down, but the good-for-nothing ones are never targeted. I feel bad for Gaga, she's the last celeb who'd deserve this.
Personally she may not of intended to make money on the wristbands. If it was a simple mistake, misunderstanding, typo by her PR people than she should fix it or be honest about where the money is going.
Lady Gaga is responsible for the Gaga name. She chooses who she wants representing her and who to work with. She doesn’t deserve a pass because she is a big star or simply because she appears to have her heart in the right place. Gaga needs to figure out what happened and be honest about it.
I put raisenetts in Ga Ga s bottom blaster in high school..all I got back was raisens.
You may want to consider going back to high school so you can, perhaps, learn to spell "raisin."
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