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Bill Block Fires Back After Suit By Former Employer QED Holdings

Bill Block Fires Back After Suit By Former Employer QED Holdings

Bill Block is firing back after he was sued by former associates at QED Holdings, now run by Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. The duo charges Block with trademark infringement and unfair competition for using their company name on projects for his own benefit.

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Hulu Beats Big Privacy Lawsuit Over Video Viewing Disclosures

Hulu Beats Big Privacy Lawsuit Over Video Viewing Disclosures

After nearly four years of litigation, Hulu has finally prevailed in a landmark privacy battle for the digital age. On Tuesday, a federal judge in California granted summary judgment on the basis that the plaintiffs lacked evidence that Hulu had "knowingly" disclosed the viewing habits of its users to Facebook.

The proposed class action was filed in 2011 and looked to hold Hulu liable for violating the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988.

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Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars

Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars

On Tuesday, Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings, the American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group which houses such stars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken.

In new court documents, Sony asserts that it has overpaid at least $2 million in royalties for these star musicians and is demanding recovery of the money.

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CAA vs. UTA, Corporate Raiding and the Ghost of Ed Limato (Analysis)

CAA vs. UTA, Corporate Raiding and the Ghost of Ed Limato (Analysis)

The news Tuesday that a slice of CAA's agent roster is defecting to rival UTA — perhaps the biggest surprise agency shakeup since Ari Emanuel and his ICM cohorts founded Endeavor in the middle of the night exactly 20 years ago this month — is prompting big threats by CAA of a lawsuit against UTA and its former colleagues.

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MAR
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Judge Rules 'Three's Company' Parody Play to Be Fair Use

Judge Rules 'Three's Company' Parody Play to Be Fair Use

On Tuesday, a New York federal judge accepted David Adjmi’s word that his play 3C was a permissible parody of Three’s Company. In doing so, the judge granted him a legal victory against DLT Entertainment, owner of the the 1970s sitcom starring John Ritter as Jack Tripper.

DLT asserted copyright claims after 3C ran for two months off-Broadway with Adjmi wishing to have his play, which exlores the darker side of a gay man living with two women, put in book form.

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Producer Wins Appeal Over Fake $300 Million Film Financing Deal

Producer Wins Appeal Over Fake $300 Million Film Financing Deal

It's every producer's nightmare. At the end of 2010, Steven Kaplan signed two deals for $300 million total from foreign investors to finance 10 films for his company Rainstorm. Then, Kaplan began developing projects with a group of filmmakers. But the investment deal fell through.

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MAR
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'Avengers' 3D Firm Brings Patent Lawsuit Against 'Divergent' 3D Firm

'Avengers' 3D Firm Brings Patent Lawsuit Against 'Divergent' 3D Firm

The conversion of 2D images to 3D continues to provoke litigation in the fourth dimension as a subsidiary of Prime Focus World has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Legend3D.

In the complaint, Prime Focus counts among its successes doing conversion work for Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and Noah; winning an Oscar for visual effects on Interstellar; and being given conversion work on the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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MAR
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Hollywood Law Hires: Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer's Litigator Switches Firms

Hollywood Law Hires: Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer's Litigator Switches Firms

Adam Streisand, who represented Steve Ballmer in this summer's battle over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, will now be a partner at Sheppard Mullin.

He joins the firm from Loeb & Loeb, where he chaired the trust and estate practice.

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Jay Z Likely Headed to Trial in 'Big Pimpin' Sampling Lawsuit

Jay Z Likely Headed to Trial in 'Big Pimpin' Sampling Lawsuit

Now in its eighth year, the long-running litigation over whether Jay Z rightfully sampled an Egyptian tune in his hit single "Big Pimpin'" is getting closer to resolution. With the trial scheduled for Oct. 13, the judge on Monday indicated she’d likely deny Osama Ahmed Fahmy's motion for summary judgment against the rapper.

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Google Gets Key Ruling in Battle With Mississippi AG

Google Gets Key Ruling in Battle With Mississippi AG

Has "Operation Goliath" backfired for the MPAA?

On Friday, a Mississippi federal judge handed Google some good news by not only granting the web giant's motion for a preliminary injunction against Jim Hood, the state attorney general, but also finding that it is likely that "editorial judgment as to [Google's] search results is constitutionally protected."

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Robin Williams Restricted Exploitation of His Image for 25 Years After Death

Robin Williams Restricted Exploitation of His Image for 25 Years After Death

On Monday, the family of Robin Williams gathers in a San Francisco courtroom in a quarrel over how to divide personal property such as jewelry and memorabilia. Unfortunately, the dispute overshadows one of the more innovative aspects of Robin Williams' estate planning, which just might become a model for other celebrities preparing for their demise.

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MAR
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IMDb Preserves Legal Win Over Revelation of Actress' Age

IMDb Preserves Legal Win Over Revelation of Actress' Age

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed IMDb's trial win against Junie Hoang, neé Huong Hoang, an actress who sued the entertainment site for revealing her age.

In a 2011 lawsuit, Hoang proclaimed, "In the entertainment industry, youth is king." She sought to hold the Amazon.com subsidiary liable for breaching her privacy, violating Washington's consumer protection law, and breaching the terms of an agreement she made when signing up for a professional account.

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MAR
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Legal Battle Over 'Voice' Singer Jumps From Kim Jong Un to Prince

Legal Battle Over 'Voice' Singer Jumps From Kim Jong Un to Prince

Judith Glory Hill, a singer who became prominent as a contestant on The Voice after performing backup vocals for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Michael Jackson, is the subject of two lawsuits filed this week.

In one, the music company run by Jolene Cherry is blaming superstar artist Prince for allegedly interfering in a contractual relationship and damaging prospects for Cherry's first album by releasing it digitally for free.

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MAR
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How Jennifer Lawrence's "Ditzy" Character in 'American Hustle' May Be Key to Libel Lawsuit

How Jennifer Lawrence's "Ditzy" Character in 'American Hustle' May Be Key to Libel Lawsuit

Next Wednesday, producers of David O. Russell's 2013 film American Hustle will attempt to nuke a lawsuit brought by Paul Brodeur, an expert in the biological effects of electromagnetic fields. The legal action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court has prompted what the plaintiff has termed the "Ditzy Defense."

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