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Zac Efron's Checkered Past!

8/11/2009 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Zac Efron's Checkered Past!In case you didn't notice, Zac Efron's movie, "17 Again" is out on DVD. And he's being sued for allegedly ramming a cab.

According to a lawsuit filed in Beverly Hills Small Claims Court, Zac is being sued by Katie Porter, who claims she was rear ended by a Checker Cab, that pushed into her car after being struck by Efron's vehicle.

We're told Katie did not recognize Zac at the time, but that he was very polite after the accident.

As for why Katie hasn't gotten paid -- her mom tells us the insurance companies for Zac and the cab company have been bickering ... each claiming the other is responsible for the repair costs.

The accident occurred in June, 2006. Porter claims she's out $3,319.76 and here's how its broken down -- $1,200 for repair costs and $400 for a rental car. As for the remaining damages, Katie's dad is also a plaintiff and lives in Oklahoma. He's suing for plane and motel costs for making the trek to small claims court.

No comment so far from Zac's camp.

And note to Katie's dad -- don't make the trip. You can't get travel money even if you're legally in the right. You're welcome.

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get it right    

Sorry Keith your not first this time.

1835 days ago
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piper    

oh please. this is between the insurance companies, and anyone w/half a brain knows they take FOREVER w/this type of stuff. going after someone personally cuz the ins. co is being slow is just plain ignorant. this is why the girl has insurance and she needs to get on HER ins. co to get after the other companies to pay up. get a life little girl and grow up. this isn't fantasy land ya know.

1835 days ago
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justagirl    

wow, slow news day huh?

although that movie is pretty great!

1835 days ago
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kendra joy bethune    

why do i need to know zac efron personal business i don't keep up with him i watched high school musical 2 when i was less busy with my case manger when she did'nt schudele iep's last year i don't know vanessa hudgens either i told quiz fest
i was always gone with my case manger last year from 1:00- 3:00 or later

1835 days ago
5.

Leslie    

And why is she suing Zac? Why not his insurance company? Or the cab's insurance company? Or maybe she can sue the paps who were chasing Zac. Or Zac's parents for giving birth to him.

1835 days ago
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mrez golucky    

Yikes!

1835 days ago
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Ashley    

Look out! Harvey is giving out FREE legal advice! ha ha ha

1835 days ago
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dmsundt    

Umm, teen drivers rear-ending cars? This isn't news.

1835 days ago
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nightcrawler    

He's still the luckiest man on earth..rich..young...and has Vanessa Hudgens...I want to be you for one week!

1835 days ago
10.

Glomama    

He was most likely looking at the hot naked pics Vanessa Hudgens on his cell when it happened :)

1835 days ago
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moron1,456,345,234,    

DOES tmz EVER UPDATE THEIR SITE I MEAN OMG THURSDAY WAS THE LAST FULL SHOW WTF????????

1835 days ago
12.

Tom L.    

It's not that this is a slow news day. It's called PAYOLA. Wow, Harvery, do you have to be that obvious? This is a completely made up story, or at the very least exagerated, so he can highlight the big ad-buy he got on the site for Zac Efron's movie. Radio paid hefty fines for doing slimy things just like this. But what else would you expect from Harvey Levin? Oh, Harvey, it's time to come out of the closet already...

1835 days ago
13.

Chris    

What garbage... the passenger in a cab can't be sued for an accident unless they were throttling the cab driver and caused the accident.

1835 days ago
14.

lilly    

Observer999- Read the article. Zac wasn't a passenger in the cab. He was driving the car that ran into the cab that ran into this lady.

1835 days ago
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leslie    

Observer999 - You didn't read the article correctly. Zac hit the cab and the cab then rear-ended this woman who is suing. He wasn't a passenger.

1835 days ago
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