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Warner Bros. Promotes Hank Lachmund to EVP to Run Labor Relations Department

Warner Bros. has promoted 31-year veteran Hank Lachmund to executive vice president, industrial relations, and leader of the studio’s labor relations operation, the studio announced Monday. He’ll report to John Rogovin, executive vice president and general counsel.

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'Call of Duty': Can Rudy Giuliani Beat Manuel Noriega, the Three Stooges and Gwen Stefani?

'Call of Duty': Can Rudy Giuliani Beat Manuel Noriega, the Three Stooges and Gwen Stefani?

There might come a time when Hollywood actors rally behind former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega in his lawsuit alleging that the blockbuster video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, violates his publicity rights. Until then, under the category of "strange bedfellows," comes former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has snuggled up to Activision Blizzard in its campaign to protect its violent game.

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'American Chopper' Fuels Bizarre Patent Lawsuit

'American Chopper' Fuels Bizarre Patent Lawsuit

Here's a candidate for the most head-scratching lawsuit in the entertainment industry this year.

The plaintiff is a guy named Chris Tavantzis, referred throughout the complaint as "Disabled Inventor."

It's a patent infringement claim over a wheelchair trike, an invention that was allegedly introduced in 2008 to Paul Teutul, Jr. and other stars of the reality series American Chopper.

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Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee.

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Hollywood Docket: Animation Anti-Poaching, Alleged Sexual Abuse on Cher Tour

Hollywood Docket: Animation Anti-Poaching, Alleged Sexual Abuse on Cher Tour

Former animator Georgia Cano’s class-action suit filed Tuesday is the second in two weeks over alleged anti-poaching policies at major animation houses.

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Al Jazeera Responds to Al Gore's Lawsuit

Al Jazeera Responds to Al Gore's Lawsuit

In the Delaware Court of Chancery, Al Jazeera has responded in force to Al Gore's bombshell lawsuit claiming the Qatari-backed network is withholding money from its $500 million acquisition of Current TV to "buy favor with its distributors."

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Jamie Foxx Sued Over New Song (Exclusive)

Jamie Foxx Sued Over New Song (Exclusive)

Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release. (Update: It's been dismissed. See below.)

The lawsuit filed by Nontra Records on Thursday against Foxx, DJ Mustard and 2 Chainz over "Party Ain't a Party," is a rather atypical copyright lawsuit that centers on the accusation that an instrumental was first given to another artist, J Rand.

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Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Alki David's CNN Interview on Michael Jackson Hologram

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Alki David's CNN Interview on Michael Jackson Hologram

The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a false advertising claim that pertained to what the FIlmOn founder said during a CNN interview.

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Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in Pennsylvania. If we can imagine this great state to be heaven for a moment, it's a place where nothing ever happens.

Or so goes the argument on why the lawsuit should be dismissed.

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Michelle Phan Claims Dance Label Overstepped on YouTube Takedowns

Michelle Phan Claims Dance Label Overstepped on YouTube Takedowns

A notable lawsuit over YouTube star Michelle Phan's use of background music presented her side of the story in counterclaims lodged on Thursday in a California federal court.

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James Cameron Wins 'Avatar' Idea Theft Lawsuit Against Artist

James Cameron Wins 'Avatar' Idea Theft Lawsuit Against Artist

James Cameron has won another lawsuit alleging he stole ideas for Avatar.

Artist William Roger Dean alleged Cameron ripped off 14 of his paintings for the 2009 sci-fi epic, and was seeking damages from Cameron, Avatar studio 20th Century Fox and Cameron's production company Lightstorm Entertainment. He claimed Cameron stole aspects of Avatar planet Pandora, including its biosphere and several of its alien creatures.

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'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

Expendables 3 is more than just a problem for the torrent sites who shared advance copies of the Sylvester Stallone film. Now that the action saga has underwhelmed at the box office, producers are looking for some payback from those who have downloaded the film off of torrent sites.

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Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract (Exclusive)

Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract (Exclusive)

Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame. For Iggy Azalea, that means battling a former boyfriend who has brought forward her unreleased music and word of a purported sex tape. She's now choosing to combat this nightmare situation by unleashing legal fury on him.

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Kickstarter's Future Put in Judge's Hands

Kickstarter's Future Put in Judge's Hands

Who invented the idea of sourcing the funding of movies, songs and other artistic endeavors to fans?

In the eyes of Kickstarter, which has raised over $1 billion for projects like a Veronica Mars movie and a reboot of Reading Rainbow, that's like asking the silly question of who invented money. It's an abstract idea, or as its lawyers would say, a "fundamental economic practice" that's been exploited for quite some time.

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