Mea maxima culpa
Talk about a big oops. After Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their engagement earlier this year, celebrity gossip site CocoPerez.com reported that the designer of the unique diamond-encrusted ring Pitt gave her had once been found guilty of fraud.
Attorney Robert Chapman of Eisner, Kahan & Gorry in Beverly Hills, Calif., responded with a $500,000 libel suit on behalf of jeweler Robert Procop. The Web site quickly backed down, apologizing in a May 8 post titled “Angelina Jolie’s Engagement Ring Designer Flawless!”
“It turns out, Mr. Procop was never found guilty of fraud and never had a judgment entered against him for fraud,” the site said. “In doing our homework on Mr. Procop, we learned that he’s a pretty good guy. Not only has he designed jewelry for royalty, presidents and celebrities, but all of the proceeds from his and Angelina’s Style of Jolie collection go to build schools for children in Afghanistan.” — Amanda Bronstad
One-time Cahill Gordon & Reindel attorney Michael Horn traded the life of high finance for the simpler things. He’s launched a coffee-of-the-month club, which every 30 days sends subscribers a fresh crop of upscale java beans. Horn, who left Cahill Gordon six years ago, continues to advise entrepreneurs and insists he’s not knocking the legal profession, but adds, “Honestly, I don’t know if I’d go to law school again.” — Leigh Jones
Needs his head examined
Who needs a career in the National Football League when you can go to law school? Andrew Sweat, a former linebacker for Ohio State University, chose law school over a shot at the Cleveland Browns, he revealed via Twitter. Sweat was headed to the Browns’ rookie training camp as a free agent when a slip in the shower brought on symptoms from concussions he had suffered earlier on the field. “Football is not worth my health,” he told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. Sweat didn’t make the cut at OSU’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law, but has been accepted at a number of other schools, including the University of Miami School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. — Karen Sloan
His unpublished autobiography is listed as a source in Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires, upon which the movie The Social Network was based. But you’ve probably never heard of Aaron Greenspan, and he’s not happy about it. Greenspan filed a lawsuit against Mezrich, Random House and Columbia Pictures, claiming that by changing Greenspan’s name in the book and leaving him out of the film, they committed “defamation by omission.” A magistrate on May 9 tossed the suit out of court, The Hollywood Reporter reported. — Richard Binder