May 18, 2016
[img][/img] Deciding whether to finally take your big idea to the next level? Serial entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" judge Robert Herjavec thinks now is an ideal time to start a business, but there's a catch. Herjavec weighed in on the topic on a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread on Tuesday. "it's the best time in the world to start a business. Internet, connectivity, access to information. it's also the worst time to start a business—because everyone has access to the same resources," he wrote. So how do you make right now the best time to start your business? "I think success is all perspiration. you make your own luck," he wrote. "I've said it before but entrepreneurs are MADE not BORN." That's coming from a man who's bootstrapped the American dream for himself. After moving to Canada from Eastern Europe, he made his way from waiting tables and delivering newspapers to becoming a multi-million dollar business owner. "You have to attack your life," Herjavec wrote. Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank."

February 25, 2016
[img][/img] Nigerian pastor David Oyedepo, who is also known as Papa, is the founder of Living Faith Church World Wide, which goes as far back as 1981. The international figure owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, homes in the U.S. and U.K., as well as an array of private jets. [img][/img] The Israeli-American Evangelist established the Orlando Christian Center in 1983. Broadcasting healing crusades held in stadiums, his ability to ‘cure’ terminal illnesses such as cancer has, however, been a source of controversy, impacting the rise of his name, ministry, and finances simultaneously. [img][/img] Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, Texas, which was founded by his late father, John Osteen. Lakewood stands today as the largest and fastest growing church in America with over 38,000 attendees every week. The charismatic preacher is also a best-selling author of over 15 notable titles. [img][/img] Nigerian Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, better known as ‘Pastor Chris,’ is the man behind Christ Embassy, a church and mission organization with offices in United Kingdom, USA, and South Africa. His other endeavors include magazines, newspapers, a TV station, a record label, hotels, satellite TV and real estate. [img][/img] Pastor Dollar’s World Changers International ministry in Georgia commands a huge following with 30,000 followers. He says, “It is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.” That message is of course very hard to ignore with a bank account such as his. [img][/img] The ministry of 95-year-old revered cleric, Billy Graham, dates back to the 1940s, an era that witnessed him serve as advisor to several presidents, including Lyndon Johnson. [img][/img] Rick Warren is the pastor of America’s eight largest church, Saddleback Church. He admittedly gives away 90% of his income and lives off 10%. [img][/img] Charismatic Bishop, author, producer, and actor, T.D. Jakes is the founder and chief pastor of The Potter’s House in Texas. His ministry’s annual revival MegaFest draws more than 100,000 people from all parts of the world. [img][/img] Pastor T.B Joshua founded The Synagogue Church Of All Nations in 1987. He is also the owner of Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network. Making a name for himself as one of the more charitable Nigerian Evangelists, Joshua is consistent in his humanitarian works in education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs. [img][/img] A Muslim until the age of 22, Pastor Ashimolowo converted to Christianity following his father’s death. Aside from producing a media company as well as Christian literature, Ashimolowo is now also the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre.

February 6, 2016
[img][/img] It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jabs at Hollywood for the lack of racial diversity. The star of the boxing drama Creed was honored Friday as both the entertainer of the year and outstanding actor in a motion picture for his role as Apollo Creed’s son. “I used to sneak into the Image Awards, and now I’m standing here as the entertainer of the year, which is mind blowing,” he said. Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of the pioneering rap group NWA, picked up the outstanding motion picture prize. “I want to thank the NAACP for this because without you riding for us for the last 100 years, we would not be standing here,” director F. Gary Gray said. Image Awards host Anthony Anderson kicked off the ceremony by invoking NWA for a rap about the lack of racial diversity at other awards shows. [img][/img] The black-ish star donned a gold chain and a baseball cap with the words “Nominees With Attitude” to sing about such snubs as Beasts of No Nation and Jordan at the Academy Awards. “Listen, y'all, I don’t mean to sound cocky, but the movie’s called Creed, not Rocky,” he rapped. Anderson later joked during his opening monologue that he didn’t want the Academy Awards to go overboard in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy by honoring a movie like Madea Goes Trick or Treating in Compton as best picture or handing out Kevin Harts instead of Oscars. “Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like,” a more serious Anderson told the crowd at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. When he walked on stage to present Creed as an outstanding motion picture contender, Sylvester Stone was surprised to be greeted warmly by the audience. “I certainly didn’t expect that,” said the Rocky star, who failed to recognize Jordan and Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler in his acceptance speech at last month’s Golden Globes. He later returned to the stage to thank them and apologized on Twitter. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among this year’s Image Awards attendees who said they won’t attend this year’s Oscar ceremony after a second year of mostly white nominees. Despite several comments — both mocking and thoughtful — about the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood, it was mostly show business as usual for the 47th Image Awards, which are presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor people of color in entertainment. black-ish swept the TV comedy categories Anderson winning the award for outstanding actor, while the show was selected as outstanding comedy series and his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross was honored as outstanding actress. On the TV drama side, Empire dominated with wins for outstanding drama series, actor and actress for Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. [img][/img] “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone,” Henson said. “We are enough.” Sanaa Lathan was awarded the trophy for best actress in a motion picture for The Perfect Guy. John Legend received the NAACP President’s Award, which recognizes those who have achieved career success and public service. In his speech, the singer-songwriter lauded activists who fight for social justice. “Despite the daunting problems, I am hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime,” said Legend after he performed “All of Me.” “Some will take offense when we have to assert that our lives do, indeed, matter,” he added. “But we know better.” For the first time, the NAACP Chairman’s Award, which honors distinguished public service, was presented to eight recipients, including pastor Jamal Bryant, Empire actor Jussie Smollett and the activist group Concerned Student Collective 1950 at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Here’s the complete list of winners at the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards: Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan President’s Award: John Legend Motion Picture Categories Outstanding Motion Picture Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Michael B. Jordan – Creed (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Sanaa Lathan – The Perfect Guy (Screen Gems) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Phylicia Rashad – Creed (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Outstanding Independent Motion Picture Beasts of No Nation (Netflix) Television Categories Outstanding Drama Series Empire (Fox) Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Terrence Howard – Empire (Fox) Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Taraji P. Henson – Empire (Fox) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Joe Morton – Scandal (ABC) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Regina King – American Crime (ABC) Outstanding Comedy Series black-ish (ABC) Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC) Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Mike Epps – Survivor’s Remorse (Starz) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC) Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special The Wiz Live! (NBC) Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live! (NBC) Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special Queen Latifah – Bessie (HBO) Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) Unsung (TV One) Outstanding Talk Series The Talk (CBS) Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (OWN) Outstanding Variety (Series or Special) Family Feud (Syndicated) Outstanding Children’s Program Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior) Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Miniseries) Marcus Scribner – black-ish (ABC) Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Steve Harvey – Family Feud (Syndicated) Recording Categories Outstanding New Artist Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) Outstanding Male Artist Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records) Outstanding Female Artist Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration “Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) Outstanding Jazz Album Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4 – Miles Davis (Columbia Legacy Recordings) Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) It’s Personal – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative) Outstanding Music Video “Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz) Outstanding Song – Traditional “Back Together – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) Outstanding Album Woman – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) Outstanding Song – Contemporary “You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records) Literature Categories Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction Stand Your Ground – Victoria Christopher Murrary(Touchstone) Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga – Pamela Newkirk (HarperCollins/Amistad) Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company) Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography Between The World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Speigel & Grau) Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family – Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams (Clarkson Potter) Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry How to Be Drawn – Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books/ Penguin Random House) Outstanding Literary Work – Children Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America – Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator) (Albert Whitman & Company) Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens X: A Novel – Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekia Magoon(Candlewick Press) Documentary Categories Outstanding Documentary – (Film) The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films) Outstanding Documentary – (Television) Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ (BET) Writing Categories Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenya M. Barris – black-ish – “The Word” (ABC) Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff – Being Mary Jane – “Sparrow” (BET) Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television) Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo – The Book of Negroes (BET) Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film) Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington – Creed (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Directing Categories Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Don Cheadle – House of Lies – “The Urge to Save Humanity Is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule” (Showtime) Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series John Ridley – American Crime – “Episode 1″ (ABC) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television) Dee Rees – Bessie (HBO) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film) Ryan Coogler – Creed (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Animated or Computer-Generated Image (CGI) Category Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film) Loretta Devine – Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

December 16, 2015

It was easy to look upon Michael Jordan as a Grinch of sorts in his lawsuit against the Jewel/ Osco and Dominick’s brand of grocery stores. At least one good thing – or 23 good things – has come of the $8.9 million a judge awarded the former Chicago Bulls legend.

The now-defunct chain, which inserted a Jordan-themed tribute ad in Sports Illustarted that featured $2 off Dominick’s steaks in 2009 in response to Jordan’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, will pay out the entirety of its settlement cash to 23 different non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area.

Following what Jordan has to pay off to his legal representatives.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Jordan's spokeswoman Estee Portnoy on Tuesday declined to state the size of the donations to 23 charities including After School Matters, Casa Central and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, citing the confidential terms of the settlement with Dominick's and Jewel-Osco.
But even after Jordan paid the attorneys who waged a six-year court battle after both supermarkets used Jordan's name without permission in a 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated that commemorated Jordan's elevation to the basketball Hall of Fame, there were still millions of dollars left over to donate on Tuesday, sources said.
"I care deeply about the city of Chicago and have such incredible memories from my years there," Jordan said in a news release. "The 23 charities I've chosen to make donations to all support the health, education and well-being of the kids of Chicago. Chicago has given me so much and I want to give back to its kids — the city's future."
Portnoy said Tuesday that Jordan's staff had "a fun week" calling the recipients of Jordan's donations, which also included Chicago Scholars, Chicago Youth Programs, Children's Literacy Initiative, Christopher House, Common Threads, Erikson Institute, Gary Comer Youth Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund — Illinois, KEEN Chicago, La Casa Norte, La Rabida Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish Illinois, New Moms, New Teacher Center, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Project Exploration, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sinai Health System, SOS Children's Villages Illinois and Tutoring Chicago.

Jordan first levied the lawsuit in 2009. According to the chain, just two different people actually used the discount in a transaction, hardly a massive advertising coup for Jewel/Osco and Dominick’s and completely understandable given the fact that the ad was carried in a commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated – a collector’s item that fans were loathe to cut up in order to take in some late summer savings.

Even dumber on Dominick’s part? They put the coupon on the inside cover of the magazine, meaning Jordan fans had to cut off the lower part of a one-off publication in order to save those two bucks.

For some that are mindful of the fact that Jordan lords over his Jordan Brand empire and a Charlotte Hornets team that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, his decision to sue the grocery chain came off as callous and needless. Especially for those of us that are Chicago natives, also mindful of another fact – the Dominick’s stores that we grew up walking around are no more, thanks in small (very small) part to this lawsuit.

Once one steps back, though, it’s more than understandable that Jordan would want to set a precedent here.

Dominick’s did not place that ad in Sports Illustrated to draw customers in to buy discounted steaks. They did as much in order to align themselves with Jordan’s lower-case “brand,” and his accomplishments. By putting an approximation of his famous Jumpman logo on an ad, they posited that this was an unofficial endorsement of sorts. That Jordan, who hasn’t played a game for the Bulls since 1998 and has mostly moved away from the city that he called home for a couple of decades, was still associated with your local grocer.

Greedy, on Jordan’s part, even with the nod toward charity? Perhaps. He’s still well within his right to have the final say on whatever companies (which include two other steak-related endorsement brands) his image is aligned with. Companies for decades have been placing “hey, congrats on your career, slugger!” ads in all manner of programs, billboards, magazines and newspapers; but when a company also uses the ad to offer an incentive to buy their product, things tend to change a bit. Legally, if not morally.

Jordan at least helped assuage those concerns by giving that settlement money away to associations that need it far more than a former grocery conglomerate.

By: Kelly Dwyer
Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports.

October 30, 2015

Michael Jackon has earned an estimated $1 billion since his death in 2009, a study has revealed.

He’s still the King of Pop.

Michael Jackson has earned an estimated $1 billion since his death, according to Forbes.

The superstar passed away in 2009 but has raked in more than $115 million in album and merchandise sales in the last year alone.

“When a composer [or] a performer dies, that’s it,” Josh Rubenstein, National Chair of Trusts and Estates at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, told Forbes.

“It’s no more ... once they’re dead and there can’t be any more [work], all of the sudden everybody comes in and says, ‘Oh, we’ve got to get this guy.’ ”

Other top-earning dead celebrities of 2015 included Elvis Presley at number two with $55 million and “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz at three with $40 million.

Schulz’s millions come thanks to the enduring popularity of his characters, which include Charlie Brown and Snoopy. “The Peanuts Movie” is also set for release on November 6.

How Michael Jackson's legacy lives on 6 years after his death

+ Michael Jackson wax figure at Madame Tussauds, 2014

Michael Jackson may be gone, but his legacy lives on! The former "Thriller" singer can remembered by his wax figure Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, California and London, England, posing in his iconic dance move.

+ Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" 2013

+ Michael Jackson Movie " This is IT" premieres 2009

+ Michael Jackson Album "Michael" album 2010

+ Michael Jackson MoonWalk celebrates 30th Anniversary 2013

+ Michael Jackson recieves LifeTime Achievement Award 2010

+ Michael Jackson Historic Costumes and Memorabilia auction 2011

+ Michael Jackson Holographic performance at Billboard Music Awards 2014

+ Michael Jackson "XSCAPE" album 2014

+ Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, 2011

+ Michael Jackson Honored with HandPrint ceremony 2012

It is the fourth year in a row that the "Thriller" singer has topped the list.
Reggae legend Bob Marley ($21 million) and Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor ($20 million) also make the top five of the list.

Bob Marley makes $21 million

Elizabeth Taylor makes $20 million

John Lennon was seventh in the list.

Jackson’s fortune has been generated by the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show “Michael Jackson One,” his Mijac Music catalog, recorded music sales and ownership of half of the Sony/ATV publishing empire.

It is the fourth year in a row that the former Jackson 5 singer has topped the list.

Since his death, Michael Jackson's estate have released two albums of previously unreleased track; 2010’s “Michael” and 2015’s “Xscape,” which topped album charts around the world.

The remaining stars to make the top 13 were Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Paul Walker, Bettie Page, Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisell, Steve McQueen and James Dean.

October 7, 2015

Tracy Morgan

Walmart has made good with comedian Tracy Morgan over the June 2014 traffic collision involving one of its drivers that left Morgan seriously injured. Making good with its insurance companies, on the other hand, is a different matter.

The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against a number of insurance companies including Liberty Insurance Underwriters, the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and QBE Insurance Corporation, claiming that the companies haven’t paid their portion of the settlements made as a result of the crash, Courthouse News Service reports.

“Some of Walmart’s insurance companies have met their obligations under the insurance policies they sold and compensated Walmart for a portion of the settlement amounts,” the complaint reads. “Other of Walmart’s insurance companies, the defendants here, have in bad faith refused to consent to these settlements and have refused to pay their portions of the settlement under the insurance policies that they sold.”

The collision occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike when a Walmart truck driven by Kevin Roper collided with a limo bus carrying Morgan and others, including comedian James McNair, who was killed in the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board later determined that Roper had only had four hours of “sleep opportunity” in the preceding 33 hours, diminishing his awareness.

Walmart settled with Morgan as well as McNair’s family. While the company’s settlement with Morgan was confidential, Walmart reportedly agreed to a $10 million settlement to McNair’s family.

“Walmart took full responsibility for the tragic accident and did what was right to ensure the well-being of those who were impacted. We funded the settlement agreements in full, but some of the insurance carriers have failed to pay their portion of the settlement amount,” Walmart told TheWrap in a statement. “This is no different than any individual who holds an insurance policy, makes a claim for a covered loss, and then is told by the insurance company that despite the existence of coverage, they don’t intend to pay.”

The lawsuit also claims that the insurance companies continually made “harassing and pretextual demands for more and more information” as “a pretext to avoid settling the Survivors Lawsuit.”

Alleging breach of contract, negligent failure to settle claim within policy limits and bad-faith failure to settle claim within policy limits, Walmart is seeking unspecified damages.

By: Tim Kenneally
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

August 24, 2015

The 2009 Dominick's advertisement that resulted in a lawsuit.

It took Michael Jordan nearly six years, but he's finally come out victorious in the long-running Chicago court case over the use of his identity without permission in a grocery store advertisement.

A jury of Jordan's peers — ha! — ruled Friday in favor of the Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay the Hall of Famer $8.9 million for the unapproved and unlicensed use of his name in an ad. The decision brings an end to a legal action that actually outlived the supermarket that ran the ad in a special edition of Sports Illustrated commemorating His Airness' enshrinement in Springfield, Mass.

As we laid out a couple of summers ago, the beef stems from steak:

When Jordan was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, and prior to the wildly inappropriate speech he gave in the induction ceremonies, local Chicago grocery chain Dominick’s released an ad congratulating Jordan on his accomplishment, while pointing out that, while you’re at it, you can use your Dominick’s card or a coupon in the ad to take in the tasty two dollar savings on a “Rancher’s Reserve Steak.”

Jordan found out about it and decided to sue Dominick's for $5 million. The real kicker for Safeway, which bought Dominick's in 1998 for $1.2 billion, comes courtesy of's Darren Rovell:

In addition, the ad itself was of little benefit to the company. Since the ad was in a commemorative Sports Illustrated issue, those who bought the magazine were hesitant to tear out the ad. Only two people were found to have redeemed the $2 steak coupon.

Not exactly a killer return on investment, there.

While one judge took Jordan to task for attempting to make a "legal mountain" from a "legal molehill" by calling for Safeway, the parent company of the now-defunct Dominick's chain, it always seemed that the case had merit. Dominick's did use Michael Jordan's name without his permission in an ad aimed at selling discounted steaks; it stands to reason that this would irk M.J., considering he's already in the business of selling his own steaks.

Plus, as our Eric Freeman noted earlier this week, "the chain does not deny wrongdoing," meaning the main matter left to resolve was how much money to award Jordan. From Michael Tarm of The Associated Press:

Steven Mandell, the Dominick's attorney, [...] said Jordan's attorneys overvalued their client's name, saying jurors should award Jordan no more than $126,900.
Evidence presented during trial provided a peek at Jordan's extraordinary wealth, including the $480 million he made from Nike alone between 2000 to 2012.

That evidence included testimony from sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, who pegged the "fair market value" of Jordan's identity at about $10 million per business deal. That squared with the testimony of Estee Portnoy, the marketing executive who's been described as Jordan's "consigliere" and "the buffer between Jordan and the world", and who said Jordan will not do business with anyone unless the deal will ultimately be worth more than $10 million. (Subsequent answers, however, indicated that M.J. occasionally makes exceptions to that platinum rule.)

After six hours of deliberation, the jurors settled on a figure far closer to Jordan's $10 million asking price than Safeway's sub-$150,000 figure; at one point, according to Tarm, they sent a note to the judge reading, "We need a calculator." Those zeroes sure do add up, after all.

The mammoth award apparently won't be added to the top of billionaire Jordan's Scrooge McDuck vault, though. More from Rovell:

"I'm pleased with today's verdict," Jordan said in a statement. "No one — whether or not they're a public figure — should have to worry about their identity being used without their permission. The case was not about the money as I plan to donate the proceeds to charity. It was about honesty and integrity. I hope this case sends a clear message, both here in the United States and around the world, that I will continue to be vigilant about protecting my name and identity. I also hope the size of the monetary reward will deter others from using someone else's identity and believe they will only pay a small penalty."

If nothing else, it certainly gives Jordan and his representatives encouragement to continue their concerted efforts to protect M.J.'s brand, image and likeness from those who might look to leverage those valuable assets for their own benefit.

Jordan recently lost a trademark lawsuit against a Chinese footwear company he claimed was using a name and logo similar to his Nike brand, but he's still got one big iron in the fire: a suit filed at the same time as the one against Dominick's, calling Jewel Food Stores to task for running a similar ad featuring a pair of Air Jordan basketball sneakers with Jordan's number 23 on the tongues, juxtaposed with a congratulatory message capped with Jewel's "just around the corner" slogan.

That case has also wended its way through the courts for more than a half-decade, and is scheduled to go to trial in December. Depending on how quickly things move, that could mean a very happy holiday season for more Chicago-area charities.

By: Dan Devine

August 21, 2015

Forbes has released its list of best-paid actresses, and it will come as no surprise at all that 25-year-old J.Law is crushing it at the very top. Lawrence raked in $52 million pre-tax during Forbes’ 12-month time frame — nearly $20 million more than in 2014. She stole the top spot from Sandra Bullock (who went from $51 million to $8 million).

Not so close on J.Law’s heels are Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy, who bagged $35.5 million and $23 million, respectively, for the second and third spots.

Forbes notes this is its first "global" index — though only one non-American, Chinese star Bingbing Fan, made the cut. The numbers reportedly come from box-office data and reflect the earnings before management fees and taxes; they also include endorsement deals.

#2 - Scarlett Johansson

#3 - Melissa McCarthy

#4 - Bingbing Fan

#5 - Jennifer Aniston

Here are your leading women:

1. Jennifer Lawrence: $52 million
2. Scarlett Johansson: $35.5 million
3. Melissa McCarthy: $23 million
4. Bingbing Fan: $21 million
5. Jennifer Aniston: $16.5 million
6. Julia Roberts: $16 million
7. Angelina Jolie: $15 million
8. Reese Witherspoon: $15 million
9. Anne Hathaway: $12 million
10. Kristen Stewart: $12 million
11. Cameron Diaz: $11 million
12. Gwyneth Paltrow: $9 million
13. Meryl Streep: $8 million
14. Amanda Seyfried: $8 million
15. Sandra Bullock: $8 million
16. Emma Stone: $6.5 million
17. Mila Kunis: $6.5 million
18. Natalie Portman: $6 million

Forbes also points out that although the figures at the top might look large, the findings underscore that Hollywood’s gender pay-gap is still a veritable chasm. The magazine published its leading-men list earlier this month, which included 34 people earning a total of $941 million. The cutoff to make the women’s list was $6 million, while the men’s was $13 million.

Four women notched more than $20 million; 21 men did the same. The move toward wage equality is proceeding glacially.

June 2, 2015

Nearly 6 years after his death, Michael Jackson’s beloved “Neverland” estate is up for sale. The singer purchased the now-iconic estate in 1987 for $19.5 million. It is currently on the market for a whopping $100 million. But you’ll have to bring your own amusement park rides and zoo animals.

Nestled among the hills, the 2,700 acres about 40 minutes outside of Santa Barbara are a sight to behold. There are 22 separate structures on the property, including a 12,000-square-foot multi-gabled main house and two separate guest houses. The main house has 6 bedrooms and staff quarters.

Many of the property’s perks are standard celebrity real estate accouterments: a swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court and 50-seat movie theater with balcony. There are also two lakes.

Other fantastical structures are from Jackson’s imagination: railways and the grand train station he had built, a floral clock that spells “Neverland” and a “Neverland Valley Fire Department” firehouse that was, at one time, staffed with full-time firefighters. The stage in the movie theater even includes trap doors for magic performances.

But the amusement park rides and zoo animals Jackson kept on property are all gone, save a lonely llama.

Other Jackson-related real estate has been put up for sale in the last few years. A Las Vegas home where he was the last tenant was listed at $19.5 million. Jackson lived in the guest villa instead of the main house while rehearsing for his Las Vegas show.

Then there’s the home where Jackson died which hit the market for $23.9 million. That home was leased for Jackson by concert promoter AEG Live while the superstar prepared for his comeback tour in 2007.

May 7, 2015

Matthew Kohr

The North Carolina police lieutenant, who is suing Starbucks after burning himself when his free cup of coffee spilled, took the stand for the second time today saying that he wasn't prepared for how hot the beverage was.

"I didn't know it was that hot," Matthew Kohr said during his cross examination in a Raleigh court today.

Kohr and his wife are suing the coffee giant for $750,000 to cover legal and medical expenses as well as the damages they both suffered -- from his burns that he claims caused a flare up in his pre-existing Crohn's disease and caused him to have intestinal surgery, and for the emotional distress that his wife went through in the loss of her "intimate partner," as described in the lawsuit. The suit states that the lid popped up and the cup folded in on itself, spilling the hot coffee on Kohr's thigh and groin area.

NC Cop Whose Free Coffee Spilled on Him Suing Starbucks
Kohr said that the January 2012 incident had repercussions on his work life, not only forcing him to take time off from work but it also impacted his job performance when he was there. Kohr said that he had a new level of "edginess, nervousness, wasn't comfortable in the car."

He said in court today that his role as a supervisor required him to be comfortable leading people "and being confident and I didn't have those same feelings as I had in the past."

Kohr discussed the process by which he and his wife Melanie went through to decide on the amount that they decided to ask Starbucks for, noting that initially they had talked about asking for $10 million.

"It was hard to put a price on what my wife had to go through, what my kids had to go through," Kohr said. "What's a year and a half, two years of your life worth? I thought it was worth $10 million."

"As time went on, as we learned more information, as we learned how the process develops ... we adjusted the number and came up with $750,000 and that's what we're asking," he said.

The attorneys representing Starbucks asked Kohr detailed questions about the various medications he was taking and the exact dates when he was unable to work.
A Starbucks spokesperson told ABC News the safety of their customers and employees "is our top priority" and the company denied any wrongdoing.

"We believe our store partners did nothing wrong and are prepared to present our case at trial," the spokesperson told ABC News in a statement issued Tuesday.

A fellow police officer who was at the Starbucks with Kohr on the day of the incident testified about the moments after the spill, saying how the lid was "like a jack in the box, it just kind of spooks you and goes flying up in the air."

"He turned really, really beet red in his face. He was in a lot of pain," the officer said of Kohr.

The then-manager of the Starbucks also testified, reading portions of the company's handbook where it dictates that a sleeve should be used for all venti cups containing hot beverages. Kohr and his legal team maintains that no such sleeve was used on the day of the accident.