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OCT
24
23 HRS

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

In many ways, the modern film industry derives from a 1948 Supreme Court antitrust decision that dealt with how big Hollywood studios were controlling both movie distribution and exhibition. As a result of the case, studios had to divest themselves of their theater chains. Now, more than 65 years later, the Justice Department's Antitrust Division is reportedly investigating "clearance" pacts between studios and theater chains that carve out exclusivity on first-run films in certain geographical regions. Today's question: Is the practice really illegal?

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OCT
23
2 DAYS

Two Wayans Brothers Sue New York Law Firm Over Alleged Unfair Charges

Two Wayans Brothers Sue New York Law Firm Over Alleged Unfair Charges

There's nothing funny about a new lawsuit from Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans in which they allege they’re being scammed for tax law services by lawyers not licensed to practice in California. The comedic siblings filed their claims against the New York law firm S&E Azriliant PC and its principals Sidney and Evan Azriliant in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.

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OCT
23
2 DAYS

Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting

Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan has issued the long-awaited injunction over Aereo, the upstart service that once promised to pry open the delivery of television signals so that customers could access the major networks on digital devices.

In a ruling on Thursday, she writes that "in light of the Supreme Court's holding, Plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits, and Aereo has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its novel affirmative defenses."

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OCT
23
2 DAYS

NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal has decided to make the historic step of settling claims of violating labor laws through its unpaid internship program by agreeing to pay $6.4 million.

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OCT
22
3 DAYS

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

Halloween cometh early for Warner Bros., which has been hit with a new lawsuit over The Conjuring horror franchise. In this instance, the big scare was delivered in a Houston, Texas, courtroom in the form of a claim that its subsidiary New Line Cinema violated a federal racketeering law by defrauding the creator of The Conjuring, by swindling Harvey Weinstein on The Hobbit and cheating other victims.

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OCT
21
4 DAYS

Judge Rules That Flavor of Pizza Isn't Entitled to Trademark Protection

Judge Rules That Flavor of Pizza Isn't Entitled to Trademark Protection

This story is about a judge denying trademark protection on a flavor of pizza, and we'll be up-front in saying that it doesn't directly relate to the entertainment industry though we could point out that the boom in food shows on television could theoretically prompt celebrity chefs to take their culinary bona fides to court. Ain't necessary, though, because we're talking about trademark protection on a flavor of pizza.

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OCT
21
4 DAYS

'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons.

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OCT
21
4 DAYS

Kesha Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

Kesha Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut allegations of sexual abuse made in a lawsuit filed last week against her producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.

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OCT
21
4 DAYS

How Entertainment Companies Are Fighting Lawsuits Over Disclosures of Who's Watching

How Entertainment Companies Are Fighting Lawsuits Over Disclosures of Who's Watching

It's no secret that privacy is a scorching hot issue in the tech world, but without much of a legal regime to govern how companies keep and disseminate user records, some class action lawyers have turned to the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 to go after entertainment companies that knowingly disclose "personally identifiable information" regarding their consumers.

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OCT
20
5 DAYS

'Trouble With the Curve' Lawsuit Refiled in L.A. Superior Court

'Trouble With the Curve' Lawsuit Refiled in L.A. Superior Court

A producer who claims the idea for the Clint Eastwood movie Trouble With the Curve was stolen from his company refiled his lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, demanding at least $5 million. The suit was previously dismissed by a federal court.

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OCT
20
5 DAYS

Producers Allowed to Sue Actress for Refusing to Film Nude Sex Scene

Producers Allowed to Sue Actress for Refusing to Film Nude Sex Scene

The production company behind Cinemax's Femme Fatales has been given the green light by a California judge to go forward with its countersuit against Anne Greene for allegedly breaching the "Nudity Rider" of her contract by refusing to film nude sex scenes.

Greene, whose credits include Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, sued first, alleging in a complaint against Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and production company True Crime that she was bullied, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment.

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OCT
20
5 DAYS

BBC Sues Over 'Dancing With the Stars' Twist

BBC Sues Over 'Dancing With the Stars' Twist

British Broadcasting Company has decided that it's time for a courtroom tango, filing a complaint on Friday in California federal court against a company that allegedly has infringed rights to its popular Dancing With the Stars program and induced many of its dancers to breach contract.

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OCT
17
1 week

Robert Rodriguez Lawsuit Claims Investors Withheld $7.7M for 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete Kills' (Exclusive)

Robert Rodriguez Lawsuit Claims Investors Withheld $7.7M for 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete Kills' (Exclusive)

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several companies and individuals who it charges committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills.

Read the complaint here.

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OCT
17
1 week

Judge Rejects "Ambiguous" Lawsuit Alleging Fox's 'New Girl' Was Stolen

Judge Rejects "Ambiguous" Lawsuit Alleging Fox's 'New Girl' Was Stolen

A judge has ruled that two writers must go back to Square One if they wish to re-file claims that Fox's New Girl is a copyright infringement of their own work.

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