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JUL
23
18 HRS

Former Asia Singer, Fired Las Vegas Musical Director Sues Casino

After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander.

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JUL
23
20 HRS

Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer prompted a courtroom battle now destined to make its mark in the annals of music history.

PHOTOS 'The Voice': Meet Season 7 Coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

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JUL
23
23 HRS

A&E Television Sued Over 'Duck Dynasty' Camo Clothing (Exclusive)

A&E Television Sued Over 'Duck Dynasty' Camo Clothing (Exclusive)

On an episode of A&E's Duck Dynasty, Uncle Si Robertson proclaimed, "My favorite color is camo."

The line soon made its way onto T-shirts and hoodies, but according to a lawsuit filed in Florida on Tuesday, A&E couldn't camouflage its role in participating in trademark infringement.

PHOTOS Redneck TV: 'Honey Boo Boo,' 'Duck Dynasty' and Cable's Blue Collar Boom

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JUL
23
1 day

Fox Wraps Up Legal Dispute Over 'Chipmunks' Movie (Exclusive)

Fox Wraps Up Legal Dispute Over 'Chipmunks' Movie (Exclusive)

It took a few years and was very expensive to defend, but 20th Century Fox has largely come out on top in a lengthy battle over the Alvin and the Chipmunks property.

When Bagdasarian Prods., the family company that licensed the Chipmunk characters, sued Fox in 2010, an incredible amount of money was on the line. A year earlier, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came out and grossed more than $443 million in worldwide box office. The Bagdasarians demanded half of the profits.

The lawsuit would feature several claims.

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JUL
23
1 day

James Garner: A Lawyer Reflects on the Actor's Legal Legacy (Guest Column)

James Garner: A Lawyer Reflects on the Actor's Legal Legacy (Guest Column)

This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

"You can never have too many friends," James Garner wrote to me on a picture of him as Bret Maverick when I asked for an autograph back in 1960. Garner indeed was a friend to actors in a way he might not have realized at the time: He was the rare thespian who dared engage in lawsuits with studios while he was a working actor.

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JUL
22
2 DAYS

John Travolta Can't Stop Former Pilot's Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

John Travolta Can't Stop Former Pilot's Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court.

PHOTOS Hollywood's Private Jets: From Oprah Winfrey to Tom Cruise, Who Owns What

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JUL
22
2 DAYS

Judge Won't Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in 'Hobbit' Fight

Judge Won't Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in 'Hobbit' Fight

In the midst of a grueling fight over whether Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz Co. have infringed copyright and breached contract by licensing Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit slot machines and video games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien will get to keep its lawyers.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUL
21
3 DAYS

Peter Hoffman Can't Escape Prosecution in Film Tax Credit Fraud Case (Exclusive)

Seven Arts Entertainment CEO Peter Hoffman has failed in a bid to have a Louisiana federal judge throw out the government's fraud case against him.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUL
21
3 DAYS

Octavia Spencer Headed to Trial Over Weight Loss Endorsement

Octavia Spencer Headed to Trial Over Weight Loss Endorsement

Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in The Help and who will next appear in Fox's Red Band Society, could soon be involved in a unique showdown spotlighting exactly how sponsors expect celebrities to use social media. The dispute concerns a $1.25 million deal the actress made to endorse the Sensa Weight Loss System. The relationship didn't work out, and now the parties are on the verge of a trial that will determine who is at fault.

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JUL
21
3 DAYS

Sony Music Fights Lawsuit Alleging Cheating of 'American Idol' Stars

Sony Music Fights Lawsuit Alleging Cheating of 'American Idol' Stars

Five months after the record company founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller brought a blockbuster lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, a New York federal judge is being asked to make an early determination about the claims.

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JUL
18
6 DAYS

Anthony Pellicano Back in Court, Agrees to Deposition in Michael Ovitz Case

Anthony Pellicano Back in Court, Agrees to Deposition in Michael Ovitz Case

Anthony Pellicano made a rare appearance in court via teleconference Wednesday to discuss Anita Busch's case against him and other defendants.

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JUL
18
6 DAYS

'The Purge' Studio Hit With Idea Theft Lawsuit

The premise of 2013's The Purge — a box-office smash that grossed nearly $90 million worldwide — is this: In the very near future, the American government has established an annual 12-hour period where all crime is legal, including murder and, presumably, copyright infringement. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, opened in theaters yesterday — and according to a complaint filed that same day in California federal court, the lawlessness hasn't been confined to the big screen.

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JUL
17
7 DAYS

FCC Ruling Shows Agency's Ability to Prevent a Sports Network Blackout

As consolidation has suddenly become hot in the media world, regulatory authorities are being asked to judge mergers (AT&T/DirecTV, Comcast/Time Warner Cable) with potentially more (Fox/Time Warner) to come. If recent history is any indication, we shouldn't expect thumbs down on the M&A, but rather conditions imposed as the terms of acceptance.

Those conditions often get overlooked, but can mean something if regulatory agencies are willing to flex their authority. On Wednesday, the FCC made a ruling that might demonstrate a willingness to do just that.

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JUL
17
7 DAYS

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

On Wednesday, Landmark Entertainment Group, which developed popular features in the Candy Land board game, filed a lawsuit against Hasbro, contending that the toy company doesn't have the right to license Sony's Columbia Pictures to make a film based on Candy Land characters and environments.

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