07/12/2011 12:30 pm ET | Updated Sep 11, 2011

Jenna Jameson Lawsuit: Porn Star Asks For Time To Prepare Defense

Former adult film star Jenna Jameson isn't about to roll over in a Chicago-area breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Instead, she's asked the judge to lift a ruling against her so that she might mount a defense, although she apparently missed the legal deadline to respond to the lawsuit.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the plaintiff in the case -- a theater owner who claims Jameson stood him up on a book signing gig -- alleges that Jameson was served the lawsuit on May 24. The 30-day deadline to respond to the papers has come and gone, and neither Jameson nor an attorney showed up to her court date earlier this month.

But now, the Tribune reports, Jameson is asking that Judge Patrick Leston vacate the order of default he entered against her. She says that she needed extra time to find an attorney, and that she has a "meritorious" defense against the allegations.

Ted E.C. Bulthaup III, a suburban Chicago theater owner, had contracted Jameson to attend screenings of her 2008 movie "Zombie Strippers!" and sign her book, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, at two of his theaters. Just before the gigs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, she told Bulthaup that she had a vague "medical emergency" and wouldn't be able to make the dates.

On one of those cancelled days, though, Jameson appeared at Perez Hilton's glamorous "Blue Ball" birthday party -- not appearing to have much of a medical emergency:

Bulthaup is suing for advertising dollars he spent and potential revenues he lost, to the tune of $50,000.