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Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline-making disputes over whether former Black Flag members could tour as "Flag," Facebook's use of Eminem music in an advertising campaign and a bitter credit fight over Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.

Here's a roundup of some recent settlements:

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Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

On Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear a novel First Amendment battle over the extent to which an in vitro father can mention his child's name.

STORY: CNN Gets First Amendment Victory in Video Captioning Dispute

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Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Spy thrillers are typically fast-paced. Lawsuits over spy thrillers, on the other hand, are another story.

In the first act in the litigation over the Aaron Berg-scripted Section 6, a California federal judge has denied MGM’s motion for expedited discovery.

EARLIER: Universal Responds to James Bond Lawsuit: No Green Light for 'Section 6' Yet

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Netflix Asks Appellate Court to Reconsider 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling

Netflix Asks Appellate Court to Reconsider 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling

On Monday, Netflix became the latest to lodge their freakout at the prospect of an actor enjoining the distribution of a movie.

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Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Next week's Supreme Court argument will be difficult for cable-competitor Aereo, legal experts agree, as the company faces off against not just broadcasters but also the influential U.S. Solicitor General's office and the Copyright Office. While it will be a tough fight for the company, the case is so complex and the copyright and communications statutes so intricate that one advocate said the decision could end up as lopsided as 7-1 -- in either direction.

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Judge Asked to Reject 'Out of the Furnace' Defamation Lawsuit

Judge Asked to Reject 'Out of the Furnace' Defamation Lawsuit

The producers of Out of the Furnace are demanding that a judge reject a defamation lawsuit filed by 17 members of a Native American tribe located in New York and New Jersey.

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Universal Responds to James Bond Lawsuit: No Green Light for 'Section 6' Yet

Universal Studios had submitted its first court papers in the new battle over whether Section 6 -- a film project about the early days of the U.K.'s spy agency MI6 --  is a James Bond knockoff.

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New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

Independent film producers have long groused about the SAG (and now SAG-AFTRA) requirement that they post a bond with the union at the start of principal photography to cover actors’ payroll. The so-called “SAG bond” -- actually a security deposit -- can be as much as roughly equal to the total anticipated actor payroll amount for the film, including union fringe benefits, and the problem for producers is that the amount is simply held in reserve by the union, not paid to the actors.

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iPad Hacker Who Slurped Harvey Weinstein's Email Address Overturns Conviction

iPad Hacker Who Slurped Harvey Weinstein's Email Address Overturns Conviction

A man who helped discovered a security flaw in the way that Apple's original iPad was set up on the AT&T network has successfully overturned his criminal conviction.

The breach was used to "slurp" email addresses from notables including Harvey Weinstein, ABC News' Diane Sawyer and top executives at big media companies such as Viacom, Time Warner and News Corp. On Friday, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prosecutors had charged the defendant in the wrong venue.

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Elvis Presley Ad Campaign for Guns Triggers Lawsuit

Elvis Presley Ad Campaign for Guns Triggers Lawsuit

Elvis Presley was an avid gun aficionado and once owned a Beretta firearm.

But according to the Presley estate, that still doesn't give the Italian company that manufactures Beretta guns the right to use Presley's image in an advertising campaign.

PHOTOS: Unseen Photos of Young Michael Douglas, Shirley Temple, Elvis Presley

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Actress Lashes Back After Being Sued for Refusing Nude Sex Scene

The legal dispute over an actress who objected to doing lovemaking scenes in the nude is now a First Amendment issue.

Two years ago, Anne Greene sued Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and producers True Crime claiming that she was bullied into performing nude scenes, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment on the set of Femme Fatales.

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Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

The RIAA wants in on the legal action against Megaupload.

On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk.

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Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

Disney's proposed acquisition of digital video studio Maker Studios isn't going off without a hitch.

In response to the $500 million acquisition announced last month, Maker co-founder and former chief executive Danny Zappin is asking a California judge for a restraining order to delay a vote on the sale.

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Katherine Heigl Lawsuit to Explore Nature of Corporate Tweets (Analysis)

Katherine Heigl Lawsuit to Explore Nature of Corporate Tweets (Analysis)

Katherine Heigl has been out of the limelight of late, but thanks to a $6 million lawsuit against Duane Reade, she's primed to deliver a ruling that could impact how businesses use social media.

STORY: Katherine Heigl CIA Drama Picked Up to Pilot at NBC

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