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Countersuit: James Franco's Ex-Management Firm Aware of 'Questionable Ethical Acts'

Earlier today, talent manager Randy James sued his partner Miles Levy for allegedly diverting James Franco's commissions. According to the lawsuit, the fraud was perpetrated with the help of Steven Blatt at Tanner Mainstain, a financial management firm with an illustrious client list.

Now, Tanner Mainstain has wasted no time in filing a counterclaim against both James and Levy.

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Writer Sues BBC for Stealing 'Orphan Black'

Writer Sues BBC for Stealing 'Orphan Black'

Hollywood theft lawsuits are common, but not every day does one allege a television show about conspiracy and clones is itself essentially a clone born through no good.

Stephen Hendricks has now filed a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court against BBC and series producer Temple Street Productions for lifting the critically acclaimed drama Orphan Black from his own work.

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Talent Manager Claims Partner Stole James Franco Money

Talent Manager Claims Partner Stole James Franco Money

James Franco's talent manager embezzled part of the actor's management commissions, says a lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The actor isn't a direct party to the lawsuit, which involves two business partners, Miles Levy and Randy James, who, according to the complaint, have known each other for 50 years. The friendship since childhood now appears to be torn apart over alleged deceit.

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Lifetime TV Wins Appeal Over Chris Porco Movie Ban

Lifetime TV Wins Appeal Over Chris Porco Movie Ban

Last year, a New York judge shocked many in the entertainment industry by banning the broadcast of Lifetime Television's telefilm Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.

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Maker-Disney: New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Merger

Maker-Disney: New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Merger

Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger.

Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from April 2011 to August 2013 as Director of Partnerships.

His lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday makes many of the same fraud claims made by ex-CEO Danny Zappin.

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Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

The major record labels are now suing Pandora for exploiting sound recordings made prior to Feb. 15, 1972.

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Transgender TV Personality Loses Viacom Discrimination Lawsuit

The First Amendment has protected all kinds of speech in the past. On Thursday, it was determined to protect a cable network's wardrobe decisions, even if it caused a transgender man discomfort.

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Lee Phillips Toasted (and Roasted) as Entertainment Lawyer of Year

Lee Phillips Toasted (and Roasted) as Entertainment Lawyer of Year

BEVERLY HILLS -- In what was called "the toast, the roast and making the most of L. Lee Phillips," the well-known music industry lawyer was honored Wednesday evening as the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.

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Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

Bryan Singer, director, producer and writer of more than two dozen productions including the X-Men films, was accused Wednesday in a federal lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17-year-old boy at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii where firearms, drugs and alcohol were present. The alleged conduct took place in 1999 and included rape and other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, including at "sordid parties," according to the highly graphic lawsuit.

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Justice Alito Rejoins Aereo Supreme Court Case

Justice Alito Rejoins Aereo Supreme Court Case

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will not be sitting out the Aereo case next week, an entry on the Court’s public docket revealed Wednesday. Alito had previously been listed as recused, setting up the possibility of a 4-4 tie in the case, which would have left in place a welter of conflicting lower-court decisions that ratify Aereo and similar services in some parts of the country and outlaw them in others.

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Appeals Court: Producer Likely to Win Defamation Lawsuit Against TheWrap

Appeals Court: Producer Likely to Win Defamation Lawsuit Against TheWrap

A California appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit against TheWrap over its reporting on the documentary Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond.

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Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline-making disputes over whether former Black Flag members could tour as "Flag," Facebook's use of Eminem music in an advertising campaign and a bitter credit fight over Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.

Here's a roundup of some recent settlements:

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Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

On Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear a novel First Amendment battle over the extent to which an in vitro father can mention his child's name.

STORY: CNN Gets First Amendment Victory in Video Captioning Dispute

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Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Spy thrillers are typically fast-paced. Lawsuits over spy thrillers, on the other hand, are another story.

In the first act in the litigation over the Aaron Berg-scripted Section 6, a California federal judge has denied MGM’s motion for expedited discovery.

EARLIER: Universal Responds to James Bond Lawsuit: No Green Light for 'Section 6' Yet

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