26 February 2008

Conservatorship challenge declared invalid

Judge Philip Gutierrez has rejected a civil rights challenge in Britney Spears’s conservatorship case, thought to have been spearheaded by Sam Lufti through Jon Eardley. “Mr. Eardley fails to explain why he can bring this claim for her in the first instance. He cannot. Mr. Eardley had no authority to remove the case from state court. He is neither a party nor a defendant. While he claims to be Ms. Spears’s attorney, the probate court found that she was incapable of retaining her own counsel.”

Jamie Spears and the other temporary co-conservator, attorney Andrew Wallet, had called Eardley’s move “a brazen – but vain – attempt to strip a probate court of jurisdiction by an attorney without a client.”

22 February 2008

Britney regains visitation rights with her children

Britney Spears will see her children again very soon, following a court hearing where Mark Vincent Kaplan confirmed that he spent two days and nights negotiating in order for visitation to happen in the ‘safest way possible’. It is reported that Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, and her psychiatrist, must be present during visitation, and that the lawyers are impressed with how Jamie has stabilised Britney’s life.

20 February 2008

Stacy D. Phillips replaces Trope & Trope in custody case

High-profile attorney Stacy D. Phillips was approved by the court commissioner on Tuesday to replace Trope and Trope in the ongoing custody case. Phillips represented Bobby Brown in his divorce from Whitney Houston and has written a book entitled “Divorce: It’s All About Control” explaining that “I’ve yet to handle a divorce where control was not an issue or at issue.”

14 February 2008

Conservatorship extended to 10th March

Jamie Spears remains the conservator to Britney’s estate until the next hearing on 10th March, a court has ruled today. Jamie has been overseeing her well-being, hiring bodyguards and ‘removing the chaos’ from her life, including removing her now infamous pink wig from her car and restricting visitors.

Her brother, Bryan Spears, has been named a trustee of her trust, and her father and Andrew Wallet, Jamie’s lawyer, will now have the power to file and sort out her taxes and other important affairs. They ordered Britney to undergo a 730 evaluation in the child custody case, studying her family.

12 February 2008

Britney teaches dance class

Britney taught a dance class to five year olds on Monday, introducing herself personally, and teaching them fun routines to Madonna tracks, such as “True Blue” and “Material Girl.” One of the attendees said “We had so much fun. Britney was wearing little red shorts and she looked so pretty.”

The owner of the Millennium Dance Studios, Robert Baker, said “The class was amazing. She even played age-appropriate games in a circle, pretending to be a choo-choo train. Britney was just amazing with the kids and everyone ended up having a blast. At the end of the hour class, all the kids hugged Britney and she seemed very happy.” After the class, which Britney hopes to take regularly, she spent an hour and a half working on a routine for “Break The Ice.” Baker said, “She seems very focused about getting back into her old life. She’s focusing her energy on creating and dancing.”

9 February 2008

Howard Grossman to be fired

Britney’s business manager, Howard Grossman, who has been working closely with Osama Lufti since he became involved in Britney’s life, will be fired by Britney’s conservators, Andrew Wallet and Jamie Spears today.

Court documents filed in the hearing state that the conservators have been granted power to fire Howard Grossman, and require him to turn over “all documents, records, assets and assets relating to Britney Spears” to the conservators. Grossman told “People” magazine: “the only thing I will say is my reputation speaks for itself. I couldn’t tell you why they chose this path.”

Trope & Trope re-file removal papers

Trope & Trope, who represent Britney in the custody case, have re-filed papers requesting to be removed as her counsel, having originally filed documents on 2nd January. Jamie Spears is unhappy with their close working relationship with Sam Lufti, and would like Laura Wasser, who represented Britney throughout her divorce, to return; Lynne, Jamie and Britney all met with Laura Wasser last Tuesday, when she visited Britney in hospital. The hearing for Trope & Trope to be removed will be held on 10th March, with Sorrell Trope saying: “We filed papers asking to be relieved, and hopefully they will find someone to replace us. I’m not at liberty to say more at this time.”

7 February 2008

Jamie and Lynne Spears issue statement

Britney’s parents have made a statement to CNN following her release from the UCLA Medical Centre yesterday, saying: “As parents of an adult child in the throes of a mental health crisis, we were extremely disappointed this morning to learn that over the recommendation of her treating psychiatrist, our daughter Britney was released from the hospital that could best care for her and keep her safe.

“We are deeply concerned about our daughter’s safety and vulnerability and we believe her life is presently at risk. There are conservatorship orders in place, created to protect our daughter, that are being blatantly disregarded. We ask only that the court’s orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted.”

Sam Lufti hires publicist who confirms Britney has been being drugged

Sam Lufti has hired Michael Sands, the ex-spokesperson for Kevin Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, following his dismissal earlier this week, to be his publicist and defend him against the allegations Lynne Spears has made against him.

Sands confirmed Lufti has been drugging Britney saying “Sam has been providing prescription medication – cocktails is what its called – for Britney’s medical issues. Sometimes the medication really doesn’t work and you have to change it and you see outrageous behaviour displayed in public.”

He also stated that Lufti doesn’t receive any money from Britney Spears and that her actual manager is Howard Grossman, before saying “What’s the problem here? Guy trying to make a buck managing Britney Spears, smart move!”

Adam Streisand issues statement

Britney and Adnan Ghalib visited Adam Streisand, whom she approached to represent her in the conservatorship case, yesterday following her release from the UCLA Medical Centre.

He has issued a statement, saying “At the request of Britney Spears, Adam Streisand, a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, met with her yesterday to discuss her legal rights in connection with the conservatorship over her person and estate. Following that meeting, Mr. Streisand learned that the court had issued orders that prevent Ms. Spears from retaining counsel of her own choosing, and on that basis, Mr. Streisand has decided he will not represent her at this time.”

6 February 2008

Britney released from enforced hospital stay

Britney Spears has been released from the psychiatric ward at the UCLA Medical Centre in LA and is no longer ‘required to stay’, as they believe she is no longer considered a risk to herself or others. Unlike the spectacle surrounding her trip to the facility last week, she slipped out quietly, with a private security detail escorting her.

The LA police department said they took action last week, with more than a dozen police officers accompanying her, following increasingly aggressive tactics by paparazzi. Reports suggest that she has headed to one of her homes, before seeking further psychiatric treatment.

4 February 2008

Court hearing extends conservatorship

Jamie Spears and Andrew Wallet remain conservators to Britney’s estimated $40 million estate until 14th February, following court hearings today. Jamie’s lawyers began with an opening statement asserting that he has no interest in taking his daughter’s wealth, but rather watching over it until his daughter recovers, with the eventual hope she’s reunited with her children.
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2 February 2008

Conservatorship explained by lawyers

Whilst Britney Spears is hospitalised, her father Jamie will have widespread control over her finances and her basic medical care, but cannot authorise treatment according to Terry Wasserman, a veteran LA attorney. Her psychiatrists have three options, the first being outpatient treatment, the second being voluntary day-to-day hospitalisation and the third being a 14 day involuntary 5250 hold. If Britney resists, she can request court hearings; on Monday, the court will review Jamie Spears’ conservatorship, and potentially give him an indefinite extension or revoke it completely.

1 February 2008

Restraining order taken out against Sam Lufti

Following a court commisioner granting temporary conservatorship to Jamie Spears and Andrew Wallet, a judge has granted Britney Spears’ parents a restraining order against Sam Lufti, meaning he is forced to stay away from Britney Spears, and have no contact whatsoever with Britney.

The conservators can also change the locks to her house, keeping Lufti away, and have the power to hire 24-hour security at her house, access medical records and communicate with treating physicians, as well as being able to revoke any recently-made contracts, such as the contract for the new Mercedes car she recently purchased. Britney is still hospitalised, with physicians placing her on a complete detox and monitoring; her mental health is said to be ‘gravely disabled’.

Britney Spears’ parents granted a conservatorship

Britney’s parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, have been to court to seek a conservatorship, saying they believe her health and assets have been put at risk by her manager and friend, Sam Lufti, and that she is clearly not able to care for her affairs herself. Lufti says he is ‘appalled and disgusted’, adding, ‘Britney is in control of her assets and her business manager is in control of her assets’.

The LA court commissioner granted the temporary conservatorship, meaning that Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet, will handle her affairs until Monday; conservatorship for medical decisions was not granted, as the paperwork was not filed.

Britney’s Scandinavian Style Party event cancelled

Claus Hjelmbak has said that he is not pursuing Britney Spears as the host for his upcoming Scandinavian Style Party on 16th February, following her hospitalisation. He said, “she is not being fired, nor is she deemed unfit for the role as a host, but I personally feel that the most important thing for her now is to focus on her health and get the help she needs and deserves.”

He will be donating some of the proceeds to a charity of Britney’s choice, and added, “Although she is going through a hard time, I’m glad she is getting help. I know Sam Lufti has been instrumental in getting her the help she needed, my prayers are with her.”