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Monitor: Lindsay Lohan's Weird Lawsuit...Involving Milk!?

Plus Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and more stars making news the week of March 12, 2010

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BIRTHS
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Eric Dane, 37, and his wife, Rebecca Gayheart, 38, welcomed a daughter March 3 in L.A. (As of press time, the baby’s name had not been revealed.)… Jenna Elfman, 38, and her actor husband, Bodhi Elfman, 41, greeted their second son, Easton Quinn Monroe, March 2 in L.A…. R&B singer Keyshia Cole, 28, and her NBA-player fiancé, Daniel Gibson, 24, are proud parents to son Daniel Hiram Jr., born March 2 in Cleveland…. Former Blossom star Joey Lawrence, 33, and his wife, Chandie, greeted their second daughter, Liberty Grace, March 4 in L.A. Whoa!

RECOVERING
Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield, 38, revealed March 9 that he’s undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in New Zealand. Production on the Starz series will be delayed while the actor focuses on his health…. Singer Plácido Domingo, 69, underwent laparoscopic surgery in New York to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon. The Spanish tenor was released March 7 and is expected to make a full recovery…. Burt Reynolds is resting at home after undergoing quintuple bypass surgery March 1 in Florida. The 74-year-old actor is now under 24-hour nursing care.

ARRESTED
R&B singer D’Angelo (né Michael Archer), 36, was arrested March 6 in NYC after he allegedly tried to pay for sex with a female police officer posing as a prostitute. ”D’Angelo has pled not guilty — and is contesting the allegations,” his manager said in a statement. D’Angelo is due in court May 4.

COURTS
Rihanna, 22, was sued in L.A. Feb. 25 by her former personal trainer Cindy Percival, who claims the singer failed to pay her more than $26,000 for work between August and October 2009…. Quentin Tarantino, 46, was sued March 8 in an L.A. court for allegedly ripping off the character O-Ren in his Kill Bill films. Dannez Hunter claims he pitched Miramax a treatment in 1999 about a woman named Ren who witnesses her mother’s brutal murder. The suit, which also names the Weinsteins, Miramax, and Disney, seeks more than $1 million in damages…. Robert ”Joel” Halderman, 52 — the man accused of attempting to extort $2 million from David Letterman, 61, last fall — pleaded guilty to attempted larceny in a New York court March 9. (Halderman, who told the court he feels ”great remorse,” will serve six months in jail; he’s due back in court May 4.) For his part, Letterman thanked the NYPD and district attorney’s office. ”On behalf of my family, I am extremely grateful for their tireless efforts,” he said in a statement…. Following two postponements, rapper Lil Wayne (real name: Dwayne Carter), 27, was sentenced March 8 after pleading guilty to a 2007 charge of attempted weapons possession. He is now serving one year in a New York prison.

DEATHS
Mark Linkous, 47, the frontman for the band Sparklehorse, committed suicide March 6 at a friend’s home in Knoxville, Tenn.—With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


BIRTHDAYS

Michael Caine, 77
March 14

Eva Longoria Parker, 35
March 15

Kellan Lutz, 25
March 15

Rob Lowe, 46
March 17

Queen Latifah, 40
March 18


Lindsay Lohan’s Weird Lawsuit…Involving Milk?
Lindsay Lohan is a big baby, at least according to her lawyer. The sometime actress, 23, is suing E*Trade, alleging that the online brokerage firm’s series of talking-baby TV spots illegally capitalizes on her persona. What persona is that? One of the ads — which premiered during the Super Bowl — features a boyfriend-stealing infant named Lindsay who has a bit of a drinking problem. (She’s described as a ”milk-oholic.”) And, according to papers filed March 8 with the New York Supreme Court in Nassau County, that’s a clear use of Lohan’s ”name, characterization, and personality.” In fact, they’re seeking a staggering $100 million in damages, along with an injunction banning future airings. Reps for Lohan and E*Trade declined to comment. Does the suit stand a chance? ”Generally [cases like this happen] when a celebrity’s likeness is used to endorse a product,” says Richard Lehv, an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School specializing in trademark infringement. ”But that’s not the case here. Lindsay Lohan is not in the ad. It’s a baby! It’s a real stretch.” No word yet from Lindsay Wagner. —Keith Staskiewicz