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DEC
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Hollywood Docket: Iggy Azalea's Ex; Twitter's Celebrities; Kanye West's 'Gold Digger'

Hollywood Docket: Iggy Azalea's Ex; Twitter's Celebrities; Kanye West's 'Gold Digger'

Iggy Azalea is now facing counterclaims that look to hold valid a recording contract that she allegedly signed before she became a famous pop star.

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DEC
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Doubts Raised In Court Over Secrecy of Movie and TV Script Summaries

Doubts Raised In Court Over Secrecy of Movie and TV Script Summaries

On the defensive after being accused of unfairly selling access to a website that contains "breakdowns" of TV and movie scripts, Frank Moran, Louise Yanofsky and Steven Rubin are heaping scorn on the position that breakdowns amount to trade secrets or constitute proprietary information.

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DEC
16
2 DAYS

New Lawsuit Claims Sony’s 'The Interview' Put Employees in Danger (Exclusive)

New Lawsuit Claims Sony’s 'The Interview' Put Employees in Danger (Exclusive)

As Sony Pictures confronts new threats from hackers who have exposed corporate secrets, it must also contend with proposed class action lawsuits that blame the company for not doing more to stop or at least mitigate the damage. Already sued once on Monday, Sony is now facing a second lawsuit brought by production managers on some of its most high-profile films including Jerry Maguire, Spider-Man and The Green Hornet.

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DEC
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2 DAYS

Judge Poised to Approve NBCU's $6.4 Million Settlement With Interns

Judge Poised to Approve NBCU's $6.4 Million Settlement With Interns

NBCUniversal has gotten preliminary approval from a judge overseeing a class action brought by former interns. On Monday, U.S. magistrate judge Ronald Ellis signed off on the $6.4 million deal that was filed in October.

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DEC
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2 DAYS

Film Academy Sues Oscar Winner's Heir for Selling Statuette

Film Academy Sues Oscar Winner's Heir for Selling Statuette

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has lined up a new lawsuit, painting the picture of a cinematographer's heir who ignored bylaws by selling a statuette on eBay.

The statuette was awarded in 1953 to Robert Surtees for excellence in black-and-white cinematography for the film The Bad and the Beautiful, which starred Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner. More than 60 years later, the Film Academy is in court after Carol Surtees allegedly auctioned the statuette for $40,500.

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DEC
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2 DAYS

Sony Hack: First Lawsuit Filed Against Company by Ex-Employees

Sony Hack: First Lawsuit Filed Against Company by Ex-Employees

Sony Pictures Entertainment will now be forced to defend the security measures it took in advance of the hack thanks to a lawsuit that was filed in California federal court on Monday.

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DEC
15
2 DAYS

Roman Polanski's Attorneys Seek to Close Sex Abuse Case

Roman Polanski's Attorneys Seek to Close Sex Abuse Case

Alan M. Dershowitz, the famed celebrity lawyer, and his team filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday asking permission to represent director Roman Polanski in California, The New York Times is reporting. 

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DEC
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3 DAYS

Can Sony Get Around the First Amendment to Sue the Media Over the Hack? (Analysis)

Can Sony Get Around the First Amendment to Sue the Media Over the Hack? (Analysis)

On Sunday night, famed attorney David Boies sent a threatening letter on behalf of Sony Pictures to The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and other news organizations demanding destruction of stolen information and warning of consequences for publishing the company's secrets.

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DEC
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3 DAYS

Adult Film Industry Loses Appeal Over Los Angeles' Condom Law

Adult Film Industry Loses Appeal Over Los Angeles' Condom Law

Vivid Entertainment and other producers of adult erotica have been denied its latest attempt to halt the enforcement of a voter-initiated law that requires that porn actors wear condoms. On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of appeals rejected First Amendment arguments brought by the adult entertainment industry and affirmed a lower court's ruling.

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DEC
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6 DAYS

Smokey Robinson Settling With Ex-Wife Over Terminated Song Rights

Smokey Robinson Settling With Ex-Wife Over Terminated Song Rights

A closely-watched dispute between Smokey Robinson and his ex-wife Claudette Robinson over song rights is about to be resolved. On Thursday, the parties told a judge that they had reached a settlement in principle.

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DEC
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6 DAYS

Supreme Court Will Review Case About Spider-Man Toy

Supreme Court Will Review Case About Spider-Man Toy

The U.S. Supreme Court has been caught in Spider-Man's web, agreeing on Friday to review a case concerning royalty payments to the inventor of a Spider-Man toy called the Web Blaster.

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DEC
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6 DAYS

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Walmart

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Walmart

On Friday, a federal judge in New Jersey refused to halt a lawsuit brought by Tracy Morgan and others seriously injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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DEC
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6 DAYS

'Price Is Right' Model Will Get New Trial in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

'Price Is Right' Model Will Get New Trial in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

A California appeals court will allow a jury to decide whether Brandi Cochran, former model on The Price Is Right, was discriminated against after becoming pregnant. In an opinion released on Thursday, the appeals court has rejected FreemantleMedia's attempt at a judgment notwithstanding the verdict and has also pointed to a possible limitation in the way that television producers have been increasingly using the First Amendment to shield themselves from employment claims.

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DEC
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Sony Hack: Legal Department Under Microscope After Latest Leak

Sony Hack: Legal Department Under Microscope After Latest Leak

As Sony Pictures' legal department confronts the ongoing nightmare of the studio being hacked recently, it must also look in the mirror as the latest leak from hackers focuses on communications by general counsel Leah Weil and other in-house attorneys.

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