The Situation is in the worst kind of legal trouble -- the kind where his lawyer can't help, because his lawyer is the one who's suing him ... for 4 years of unpaid legal bills.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino owe long-time attorney Richard Wolfe $29,000 in legal fees from 2009-13 ... according to the lawsuit filed by Wolfe, and obtained by TMZ.
In the suit, Wolfe says the bros did knock $10,000 of their tab -- but also made failed attempts to pay ... including a cancelled $2,000 check, and a bounced $2,000 check.
He now wants damages for the bad checks, on top of the $29K.
As we first told you ... Mike's tanning salon employees accused him of bouncing their paychecks last month, and he got arrested for fighting his other brother.
So, yeah ... paying legal bills would be beneficial for this guy.
I Smell Victory
In Perfume Lawsuit
6/19/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki just regained a cents of smell ... because a rival company has been ordered to stop peddling a knock-off version of her signature perfume, "Snooki."
A judge ruled Excell Brands cannot use Snooki's face or likeness to sell their "Snazzy" fragrance, according to court docs obtained by TMZ. Her real name -- Nicole Polizzi -- is also off limits now for marketing and packaging.
We broke the story ... Snooki sued for $2.4 million over the company describing the fragrance as "our version of Snooki by Nicole Polizzi."
The judge has yet to decide how much cash Snooks will get -- but the smell is all hers.
The Situation Arrest
'They Were Bouncing Off the Wall'
6/18/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A customer at The Situation's tanning salon had to call 911 when Sitch and his brother Frank came to blows ... this according to the 911 call obtained by TMZ.
As TMZ first reported, Sitch was arrested on Tuesday in Middletown, NJ after he fought with his brother Frank inside Boca Tanning Salon.
In the tape, the woman ran out of the store to call police after seeing the brothers begin to come to blows. She tells the dispatcher she ran next door to the UPS Store, where a worker there said she could also hear the Sorrentino brothers "bouncing off the walls."
Mike posted $500 bail and explained afterward the scuffle was over how to run the business.
After Arrest in Tanning Salon Brawl
6/17/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation got 2 things today ... arrested and what's gonna be a nasty black eye -- both after brawling with his brother in the tanning salon they co-own ... TMZ has learned.
Mike "Situation" Sorrentino was busted at Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, NJ ... according to law enforcement sources.
We're told cops got a 911 call reporting a "fist fight" inside the salon ... and when officers arrived -- Sitch was arrested, and eventually booked for simple assault. He posted $500 bail ... and on the way out he explained he and his bro, Frank were scrapping over how to run the business.
We broke the story ... just last week salon employees called cops when their paychecks bounced. Sounds like that mess led to today's fight.
Situation makes it sound like he got the best of Frank in the fight ... despite his shiner, but on a related note -- check out the guns on Sitch.
He's doing a lot more G than TL lately ... or something like that.
Tanning Salon Workers Get Stiffed ...
6/11/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is already having money problems with his new tanning salon ... his employees had to call the cops to get paid.
A rep for the Middletown Police Department tells TMZ ... 4 employees from Boca Tanning Club in Middletown, NJ filed a police report claiming their paychecks had bounced all over town.
According to the police, each employee was owed between $100-$200.
We're told cops spoke with Sitch's brother Frank, and told him criminal charges could be filed. The employees received their full paychecks pronto.
Sources close to The Situation tell TMZ ... he was surprised to hear the employees took their complaints to the police since the payroll problem only lasted a few days. He says it was just an innocent mixup because the store changed payroll companies.
2/22/2014 7:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki is plumping up again ... but not 'cause she's eating too much -- the "Jersey Shore" store is having another baby!
Snooks is reportedly a few months pregnant but is keeping things under wraps so it doesn't torpedo some lucrative appearances she has lined up -- according to Page Six.
Sources close to the couple told TMZ a similar story this week ... but we got radio silence from her camp.
Great timing ... Snooki just penned a book called "Baby Bumps" about her first pregnancy in 2012.
Snooki & JWoww
Gov. Christie Can Keep His Job
... For Now
1/14/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki and JWoww are handing NJ Gov. Chris Christie a big fat gift -- telling TMZ they're giving their archenemy a pass on the whole Bridgegate fiasco.
Of course, the "Jersey Shore" alums have a nasty past with the guv -- he's accused them of giving Jersey a black eye ... and they've called him "retarded" (see below).
So, before Christie delivered his State of the State address -- we asked if their old buddy should be impeached over the scandal.
Their reaction was NOT at all what we expected considering their history.
Two down, Christie ... several million other NY/NJ commuters to go.
'Jersey Shore' Star
I Can't Get Arrested in This Town
... So I Got a Real Job
12/31/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Jersey Shore" star Angelina Pivarnick hasn't appeared on MTV for years ... and after failing to catch fire in the entertainment world -- the Staten Island Dump is giving up and getting a job.
Pivarnick was just accepted into an EMT school in NYC where she will train for the next 3 months ... and then, assuming she actually shows up, Angelina will be certified.
Angelina tells us, "Being the 'Jersey Shore' bitch is in the past ... now, my future is saving lives."
New York -- you've been warned.
Snooki to JWoww
CONGRATS ON PREGNANCY
You're Going to Crap on Your Doctor
12/26/2013 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jwoww isn't just gonna squeeze out a kid in July, she's also gonna push out a big ol' steaming dump ... so says her "Jersey Shore" BFF Snooki.
Jwoww made the baby announcement on Christmas Day ... and hours later, Snooki (who already has a kid) posted a screen grab of a recent text convo they had, in which Snooks eloquently describes the miracle of child birth.
As for JWoww -- real name Jenny Farley -- she posted a picture of her growing fetus on Instagram ... along with a note from herself and fiance/baby daddy Roger.
He Can't Hide His Love for Amabella
12/11/2013 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Parenthood has clearly not cramped Pauly D's style .... he happily strolled out of Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood late last night ... but there's no doubt -- being a father is front and center in his brain.
Check out the video ... it's not so much what Pauly says -- we know he's fighting for full custody and it's nasty -- but you can see and hear how much he loves his kid.
It's pretty rare when celebs come off so real and unfiltered.
Pauly D's Baby Mama
History of Domestic Violence
Bloodied Ex-BF in Brutal Fist Fight
12/3/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D better learn to duck and cover ... 'cause his baby mama had no qualms about beating the crap out of another guy who knocked her up ... according to police records obtained by TMZ.
We've learned ... Amanda Markert was arrested in July 2009 for opening a can of whoopass on her first baby daddy -- Lance Gerbino -- leaving him with bloody lips, a nasty gash above his eye and injuries inside his mouth.
Gerbino tells TMZ ... Amanda had been out drinking with friends ... and was pissed because she had to come home to help take care of their infant son.
He claims Markert just started "going crazy" ... wailing on his face with her fists while she was holding their son. Gerbino felt the baby was in danger ... and that's why he called police.
According to police records, Markert turned herself in to cops --booked under her legal name, Amareda Markert -- but the assault charge was eventually dismissed after she completed an anger management course.
As we've reported, Markert and Pauly D are involved in an ugly custody fight over their 6-month old daughter, Amabella ... and they've both been very clear about how much they hate each other.
We contacted Amanda for comment on the domestic violence case ... she hung up on us.
Target In Federal Felony Investigation
11/21/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation is on the wrong end of a massive Federal criminal investigation -- which is currently focusing on the "Jersey Shore" star's cash flow ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us, Mike Sorrentino and his companies -- MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions, GTL Management, and his clothing line Situation Nation -- are at the center of the investigation.
The exact nature of the crime is unclear, but we know it's a felony, and appears to be finance related. We're told subpoenas have already been issued to Sitch's business associates, asking for copies of payments issued to him, copies of canceled checks, correspondence, and more.
We reached out to Situation's rep for comment. So far, no word back.
Fist pump has a whole different meaning in prison.
Pauly D's Baby Mama
Daddy #1 Has Pauly's Back
Give Him Full Custody
11/9/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D's baby mama Amanda Markert doesn't deserve ANY custody of their child -- so says the father of her first kid, who thinks Pauly couldn't possibly be a worse parent than Amanda already is.
Lance Gerbino is obviously biased, but he's still got a lot to say -- telling TMZ, Amanda has done nothing but spew huge, wretched lies ever since they met.
Get this ... Lance claims a month before he knocked up Amanda she told him she had cancer and couldn't get pregnant. Further, Lance says when she did get pregnant ... Amanda left him in the dark about whether he was the daddy.
Lance says Amanda's now doing to Pauly what she did to him -- lying and playing games -- and that's why he believes Pauly should get full custody of Amabella.
Amanda declined to comment ... but we spoke with a close relative of hers who told us Lance is full of BS and called him "a freaking, druggie liar."
Pauly D has his own reservations about Gerbino ... one reason Pauly wants full custody of Amabella is because there's a felony drug arrest warrant out for Gerbino, and he doesn't want his baby anywhere near the guy.
Amanda's family claims Gerbino hasn't had contact with her for two years.