Dennis Rodman Sued in Court Over $225K Booty-Slapping Bill #Default Judgment

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“Dennis Rodman still hasn’t paid the price for his slaphappy hands — this according to a Vegas waitress, who claims The Worm spanked her on the job back in 2009 … and now, she’s dragging him back to court.

As we previously reported, Sara Robinson sued the Chicago Bulls legend after the alleged sexual assault at the Hard Rock — and when Rodman failed to respond to the complaint … Sara won a default judgment in the sum of $225,000.

But Sara claims Rodman still hasn’t paid a cent — so she’s once again fighting the same battle, filing new docs in Florida to enforce the judgment in the Sunshine State … where she suspects Rodman owns property … hoping to get Rodman to finally pay up. . .” – TMZ

A couple of things folks to note:

1. Default Judgment: When you receive anything, regardless of how minutiae, from a lawyer’s office or a court of law, you respond. If you don’t, 10 out of 10 times, there is  a probability you have just shot yourself in the foot or worsened your situation. If it is a court proceeding, you could be held in contempt of court, a warrant issued for your arrest and so many not so cool things. In this case, we get introduced to a term called “default judgment.” What this means is that Dennis Rodman did not respond or take the Plaintiff’s lawyers or lawsuit seriously. He failed to meet the deadlines he needed to meet and as such, pursuant to the civil procedure rules (rules that govern how to play the lawsuit game i.e. find your way inside a courtroom), he lost.

Think of it this way. You have an appointment in a boxing ring to fight your opponent. You never show up. Your opponent does. Who wins? Your opponent, needless to say.

2. Collections: Second and final point. In my dealings with celebrities, especially from a media/journalism perspective, celebrity does not equal money. Many times, so called celebrities are living well above their means and are simply not making enough income to replenish all the excessive spending. At times, some are just a paycheck away from being homeless. There should be due diligence done to make sure you can actually collect money if you will sue. Otherwise, it might make sense, through your lawyers, to really focus on negotiations towards some kind of settlement.

-Uduak

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WHAT IS Fashionentlaw™: It is a law blog discussing hot topics in pop culture that arise primarily out of the fashion industry and intersects/ collides with the law. WHAT I DO: My name is Uduak Oduok and I am a California licensed attorney who helps creatives and business owners sleep better at night by protecting their creativity and reputation, securing their rights, and helping them with the monetization of their intellectual assets. WHO I WORK WITH: I have counseled a range of clients from musicians, models, actors, actresses, and designers, to diverse business owners in numerous areas of the law including contracts, business law, fashion and entertainment law, copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law. I bring over two decades of first-hand knowledge and experiences that are as diverse as they are deep in the fashion and entertainment industries (modeling, retail, production, public relations, journalism, and publishing). I am an attorney who “gets it” when it comes to resolving legal issues for the fashion and entertainment industries. INTERESTED IN TALKING TO ME ABOUT LEGAL REPRESENTATION? To arrange a consultation to discuss your case, contact me today at 916-361-6506 or email me directly at (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). Full bio: Ms. Uduak Bio/ Twitter @uduaklaw