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Stevie Wonder Owes Millions, Claims Ex-Lawyer's Widow

Stevie Wonder Owes Millions, Claims Ex-Lawyer's Widow

What makes an effective entertainment lawyer?

According to a new lawsuit by Susan Strack, her late husband, Johanan Vigoda, was exactly that because he represented Stevie Wonder for four decades. And in that time, the singer's "deals with music companies went from oppressive to … among the most lucrative contract terms in the music industry."

Then again, maybe an effective lawyer is one who figures out how to enrich himself in the process.

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Netflix Beats Antitrust Class Action at Appeals Court

Netflix Beats Antitrust Class Action at Appeals Court

It's no secret that the law sometimes moves slowly. On the day that millions will begin binging on the latest season of House of Cards, most know Netflix as the company that streams videos. Once upon a time, Netflix was primarily recognized for the way its customers rented DVDs through the postal mail. In this stone age, Netflix had competition from Blockbuster and Walmart, but then Netflix came to an agreement to acquire Walmart's customers, which triggered a class action lawsuit alleging violations of antitrust law.

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27
18 HRS

Bill Cosby Asserts "Self-Defense" Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

Bill Cosby Asserts "Self-Defense" Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. On Friday, Cosby's lawyers told a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a defamation claim made by three women on the basis that if he branded them liars in statements to the press, he was within his rights to make "privileged utterances of self-defense."

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Patricia Arquette's New Film Caught in Legal Fight Over Foreign Piracy (Exclusive)

Patricia Arquette's New Film Caught in Legal Fight Over Foreign Piracy (Exclusive)

Normally, a film distributor would be overjoyed to be releasing an actress' first film after she wins an Academy Award, but Osiris Entertainment is demanding a big discount on the amount it agreed to pay for the new Patricia Arquette film, Electric Slide, currently due out in U.S. theaters in April.

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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

There were no celebrity piano performances on the third day of the "Blurred Lines" trial. But there was discussion of a mashup that never came together.

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2 DAYS

Hollywood Docket: 'Selma' Raises Wage Lawsuit From Casting Assistant

In Selma, Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated film , Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in a historic march for civil rights.

It obviously took a feat of casting to round-up those extras. The responsibility for doing this fell to Cynthia Stillwell.

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26
2 DAYS

Courtney Love Fails to Get an Appeals Court to Dispense Defamation Lawsuit

Courtney Love Fails to Get an Appeals Court to Dispense Defamation Lawsuit

A California appeals court sees no evidence that Courtney Love's fame is on par with Marlon Brando's. As a result, the rock star will continue fighting a lawsuit from a fashion designer who claims being defamed by Love on social media and Howard Stern's radio show.

Dawn Simorangkir, a.k.a. the "Boudoir Queen," is the plaintiff who's fought Love on and off (and on) for the last six years.

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Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Outlandish films breed silly merchandise triggering oddball lawsuits like one filed on Wednesday over the special-edition Blu-ray/DVD of Seth MacFarlane’s talking bear romp Ted, which is said to come with a talking bottle opener.

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Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt, connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol.

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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley In Court

'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley In Court

The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by Robin Thicke.

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3 DAYS

Power Lawyers Returns: Nominations Now Accepted for Top Entertainment Attorneys List

Power Lawyers Returns: Nominations Now Accepted for Top Entertainment Attorneys List

Power Lawyers, The Hollywood Reporter's ninth annual special issue revealing the top entertainment attorneys in America, will publish in the magazine hitting newsstands and tablets on April 29. The annual Power Lawyers breakfast is also set for April 29 in Beverly Hills.

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Hollywood Docket: 'Walk of Shame'; Viacom Settles With B. Scott; 'Fifty Shades' Publishing

Hollywood Docket: 'Walk of Shame'; Viacom Settles With B. Scott; 'Fifty Shades' Publishing

One of the producers of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks, is attempting to defeat a lawsuit alleging a stolen script.

The complaint was filed by Shame on You Productions, operated by Dan Rosen, who wrote a screenplay called "Darci's Walk of Shame" and allegedly had a pitch meeting with Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, who produces films through Brownstone Productions.

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'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom.

On Tuesday, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were on hand for the start of the proceeding examining whether "Blurred Lines," one of the biggest songs of the century, was improperly derived from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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Ron Howard's 'The Good Lie' at Center of Exploitation Lawsuit by Sudanese Refugees

Ron Howard's 'The Good Lie' at Center of Exploitation Lawsuit by Sudanese Refugees

In Atlanta, Georgia, thousands of miles away from a war-ravaged homeland, there exists a community of Sudanese refugees. Many of these individuals have been dubbed the "Lost Boys of Sudan" by aid workers who have likened them to the wandering youth in Peter Pan. Many of the refugees survived starvation, disease and militia attacks in Darfur, and when civil war broke out in Ethiopia around a refugee camp, they came to America.

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