On May 6, 2006 the Ziegfeld Theater in New York was scheduled to exhibit the documentary The Beatles: The Lost Concert. The plan was to roll the film out to 500 theaters and then license it to television. Then, Screenvision was alerted to a licensing dispute and backed out of the plan. A $100 million lawsuit erupted, forcing Sony/ATV Music Publishing to defend allegations that it had tortiously interfered with the release and committed antitrust violations.
On December 18, one week before Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street hits theaters, attorneys for the director are scheduled to appear in a L.A. courtroom in an effort to save part of his financial take from the film.
Since Kim Dotcom and other leaders of Megaupload were indicted by the Justice Department nearly two years ago, proceedings in a Virginia federal courtroom have screeched to a near halt. No big courtroom showdown will take place until New Zealand judicial authorities decide sometime next year whether to extradite the defendants accused of racketeering and criminal copyright infringement.
Jay Z is having an even tougher week than most people realize. He's not only dealing with baseball general managers and enduring social media snark for his handling of second basemen Robinson Cano, but he's also battling Egyptians.
Warner Bros. doesn't think a federal judge should waste much time on a lawsuit that contends its 2012 film, Trouble With the Curve starring Clint Eastwood as a cantankerous aging baseball scout, was stolen and wrongfully held out to be one writer's vision through conspiracy.
In court documents filed on Wednesday, Warner Bros. has unleashed its go-to legal pitbull Daniel Petrocelli to demand that the case "be brought to a halt before defendants have to incur any further costs defending it."
The best characters in the TV business might be the ones literally behind the television screen.
DirecTV has filed an uproarious racketeering lawsuit against Dish One, a retailer for Dish Network, that alleges a "ruse" to convince its existing customers to switch satellite TV providers. The plaintiff says it has gotten its hands on training videos that teach Dish One's sales force the best method for impersonating their way into making the conversions.
The battle over The Hobbit gold is getting nastier than a fire-breathing dragon.
Warner Bros. and its New Line division have initiated arbitration proceedings against Miramax over former owners Bob and Harvey Weinstein's claims to a percentage of revenue from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and its follow-up.
Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's platinum-selling song, "Remind Me."
Amy Bowen (known professionally as Lizza Connor) has brought allegations that could make for an episode of ABC's Nashville.
Actress Nicollette Sheridan’s legal battle alleging that her termination from the ABC show Desperate Housewives was in retaliation for her complaints about working conditions may not be over after all, despite a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s order dismissing the case on Nov. 5 without leave to amend or be reconsidered.
When the Motion Picture Association of America first filed a lawsuit against Hotfile in February 2011, some questioned whether Hollywood had gone too far in targeting a cyberlocker. On Tuesday, after more than two years of fighting, Hollywood studios will be collecting $80 million after the parties agreed to resolve the high-profile battle. In addition, the court has ordered Hotfile to cease operations unless it employs copyright filtering technologies, according to the MPAA.