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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.