So Justin Bieber may sue guests for $5 million if they dare to talk or tweet about parties that they attend at his place in California.
Gossip site TMZ recently posted online a copy of a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that Bieber supposedly asks his guests to sign before they visit his home.
The Inquisitr’s Page Mackinley has already published a comprehensive report of what the NDA says. But the short version is that, if you talk or tweet about what you see at the 19-year-old singer’s Calabasas, California house, Bieber can sue you for $5 million.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that California is still America and that anybody can file a lawsuit for anything, whether or not they’ve signed a piece of paper.
That doesn’t mean that the judge won’t laugh you out of court. And it sure doesn’t mean you’re getting five bucks, much less five million.
TMZ’s read on the NDA was simple: “Talk About My Parties — I’ll Sue You For $5 Million.” They said that “anyone who violates the terms of the waiver will automatically be on the hook for $5 million.”
Well, maybe. I took a look at the document myself, and I don’t believe that Justin Bieber is asking party guests to sign this piece of toilet tissue. It struck me as a perfectly standard NDA that employers require of people doing work in their homes. Take a look at this language:
“While on the Property, you may provide certain services … for good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is herely acknowledged, you hereby agree…”
In other words, if Justin Bieber asks you to fix his plumbing, you can’t start tweeting away pictures of the inside of his kitchen while you’re on the job. If you’re mowing his lawn, you can’t lean over the fence and snap a few shots of Bieber partying naked in his pool. Fair enough. You’re there to do a job, not screw around.
But I would be very surprised if Justin Bieber was asking actual party guests to sign this waiver.
If I’m being paid to help throw a party in Bieber’s home, fine. I’ll serve drinks and bus dishes and not talk about it.
But if I’m a guest, why the heck would I ever attend a party I can’t talk about? And if somebody invites me to a party but then says he’ll sue me for $5 million if I tell somebody else about it, hey, guess what.
I’m not going. And I’m probably unfriending the little creep on Facebook while I’m at it.
I haven’t been able to find a case where a host successfully sued a party guest for talking about a party he invited someone to attend. So I’m thinking the whole thing is pretty bogus.
Leave me a note in the comments if you do know about such a case. What do you lawyers out think about the Bieber threat to sue guests for $5 million?