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NOV
20
5 HRS

Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling

Judge Won't Let SiriusXM Immediately Appeal Turtles Ruling

SiriusXM's losing streak in court over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings continues on Thursday with a federal judge denying the satcaster's motion to certify an interlocutory appeal.

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NOV
20
8 HRS

Fox Beats 'American Idol' Racism Lawsuit

Fox Beats 'American Idol' Racism Lawsuit

Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified.

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NOV
20
9 HRS

'Zero Theorem' Producers Battling Graffiti Artists Aiming to Halt Film's Distribution

'Zero Theorem' Producers Battling Graffiti Artists Aiming to Halt Film's Distribution

After filing a copyright lawsuit in August, three street artists are going for the jugular by pushing for an immediate halt to the distribution of Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem, which allegedly includes scenes of a burnt-out chapel covered by a "blatant misappropriation" of a giant street mural in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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NOV
20
13 HRS

Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

Nearly 10 years after joining forces with Rob Fusari to find "the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes," Wendy Starland has been awarded more than $7.3 million by a federal court for her role in discovering the artist who would turn into Lady Gaga.

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NOV
19
1 day

Barclays Center Sues 'Fashion Rocks' Producer Claiming $1.3 Million Owed

Barclays Center Sues 'Fashion Rocks' Producer Claiming $1.3 Million Owed

CBS isn’t the only one claiming it is owed money for the live event Fashion Rocks. Weeks after the broadcaster’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit, the Barclays Center, the New York City arena where the event was staged, has sued the event’s producer alleging $1.3 million in unpaid debts.

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NOV
19
1 day

Hollywood Docket: Jon Lovitz's Dispute With Comedy Club Manager Ends

Hollywood Docket: Jon Lovitz's Dispute With Comedy Club Manager Ends

Jon Lovitz’s legal battle with the manager of his eponymous Los Angeles comedy club has come to an end.

The Saturday Night Live alum filed suit last year against Frank Kelley, who partnered with him in 2009 to launch the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on Universal’s CityWalk in Universal City. Lovitz alleged that he had invested $1.5 million in the club and left the day-to-day operations to Kelley.

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NOV
19
1 day

U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution.

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NOV
18
2 DAYS

Judge Trims Lawsuit From 'Dance Moms' Star Kelly Hyland and Daughters

Judge Trims Lawsuit From 'Dance Moms' Star Kelly Hyland and Daughters

The lawsuit filed by Kelly Hyland and her two daughters against their Dance Moms co-star Abby Lee Miller and the reality show’s production company will go ahead without its claims of defamation or infliction of emotional distress.

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NOV
18
2 DAYS

YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

YouTube has apparently made the decision not to immediately remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles, Pharrell Williams and John Lennon, and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of the risks of "defiance."

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NOV
17
3 DAYS

Court: Sherman Hemsley Won't Be Dug Out From Grave

Court: Sherman Hemsley Won't Be Dug Out From Grave

Actor Sherman Hemsley died in July 2012 of lung cancer at the age of 74, but he was not buried for four months thanks to a dispute between the business manager he lived with and a long-lost half-brother who each claimed the right to dispose of his remains. Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson, was finally buried in El Paso, Tex., in November 2012, but the dispute continued for two years thereafter until late last week. A Texas appeals court has decided that it is best to leave Hemsley in the spot where he now rests in peace.

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NOV
17
3 DAYS

Lawsuit Raises Warning Over Confidentiality of Movie and TV Casting Info

Lawsuit Raises Warning Over Confidentiality of Movie and TV Casting Info

Breakdown Services has detailed a "scheme" by which three individuals, allegedly working under various guises, misled talent managers and took advantage of vulnerable actors and actresses.

The plaintiff is a company that has been in operation for about four decades. Breakdown Services analyzes scripts for television shows, movies and video games. The company gets the information from some 300 casting directors, and the "breakdowns" are then distributed to licensed talent agents and qualified personal managers for the purposes of connecting actors to jobs.

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NOV
14
6 DAYS

SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

SAG-AFTRA and the broadcast television networks and producers reached agreement Friday on a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact, a contract that covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs, the union announced.

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NOV
14
6 DAYS

SiriusXM Slammed Yet Again As New York Judge Rules in Turtles Lawsuit

SiriusXM Slammed Yet Again As New York Judge Rules in Turtles Lawsuit

For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be limited to California — the scene of earlier losses — plus bad news for Pandora and terrestrial radio operators.

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NOV
14
6 DAYS

Warner Bros. Prevails Over Weinsteins in 'Hobbit' Profit Fight

Warner Bros. Prevails Over Weinsteins in 'Hobbit' Profit Fight

Warner Bros. has scored a success in arbitration in its battle with Harvey and Bob Weinstein over money from the second and third Hobbit films.

The Weinsteins signed away motion picture rights to the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy to WB subsidiary New Line in 1998, when the brothers ran Miramax. The deal promised the Weinsteins (via Miramax) five percent of the "first motion picture" based on the books.

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