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MAR
31
4 HRS

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
31
5 HRS

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 exploring the darker side of a gay man living with two women put in book form.

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MAR
31
7 HRS

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
31
15 HRS

'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
30
1 day

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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MAR
30
1 day

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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MAR
30
1 day

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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MAR
30
1 day

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
27
4 DAYS

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
27
4 DAYS

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
27
4 DAYS

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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MAR
26
5 DAYS

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Ask Appeals Court for Its Hand in Video Leak Lawsuit

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Ask Appeals Court for Its Hand in Video Leak Lawsuit

Kim Kardashian is keeping up with the efforts to punish YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting Kanye West's marriage proposal to her. This week, a California appeals court signaled that it would advance the celebrity couple's lawsuit.

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MAR
26
6 DAYS

United Talent Agency Sues Ex-Clients Over Commissions

United Talent Agency Sues Ex-Clients Over Commissions

United Talent Agency is becoming more aggressive on the commissions collection front with a series of lawsuits filed this week against former clients over money allegedly due.

The talent agency has lodged complaints in Los Angeles Superior Court against at least four individuals whose credits include such films as The Hobbit, Edge of Tomorrow and 300: Rise of an Empire. The defendants work on the production side.

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MAR
25
7 DAYS

The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling

The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling

The Beastie Boys have finally dispensed with a lawsuit that claimed the group included unauthorized samples on the 1989 album, "Paul's Boutique," in violation of copyright law.

The legal action was filed by TufAmerica in May 2012, one day before Beasties member Adam Yauch died.

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