Today, many, maybe most, celebrities endorse products. And that means brands face a challenge when their endorser suddenly shows up in the news for the wrong reasons: a drug scandal, domestic violence charge, hate speech, even shoplifting. The next move may be to back away: terminate the contract, cancel the advertising and pull the physical product if its celebrity-branded.
In the suddenly fast-moving dispute over whether Robin Thicke's and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" is a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," a judge has now been given the reasons why he should and shouldn't certify an immediate appeal.
The family of Michael Jackson has lost its appeal in the case over whether the late pop star's concert promoter should be held liable for his death.
California's Court of Appeals handed down judgment Friday that the Los Angeles Superior Court didn't decide in error in the proceedings leading up to the 2013 trial over AEG Live's potential responsibility for Jackson's death.
Warner Music Group has now become the largest music company to resolve litigation over its past internship programs. On Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs wrote a letter to the judge announcing that the substantive terms had been agreed upon by the parties.
The lawsuit was a consolidated action brought by lead plaintiffs Kyle Grant, who interned at Warner Bros. Records from August 2012 to April 2013, and Justin Henry, who worked at WMG subsidiary Atlantic Recording Corp. between October 2007 and May 2008.
Throw Momma from the Train, the 1987 film featuring Danny Devito's character agreeing to kill Billy Crystal's ex-wife (over the authorship of a book) in return for Crystal killing Devito's mother, is definitely not a full-proof plan for murder without punishment.
With just two weeks to go before a scheduled trial over whether Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," the dispute has gone nuclear in the past 24 hours with a judge's abrupt change of mind on a key issue and then an attempt to delay the trial for an appeal.
Warner Bros. is being taken to court again by two German film companies that claim the studio breached a settlement agreement covering four films and is violating their copyright to Laws of Attraction, starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.
On Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a woman who had drug charges dropped against her and wiped from official records but couldn't convince newspapers owned by the Hearst Corporation to remove or update stories about her.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has a number of tricks up its sleeve in its efforts to stop ticket scalping of the Grammy Awards. Ahead of this year's ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy has brought a lawsuit that showcases the technology and law used to crack down on scalping.
Nearly five years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed a massive cybersquatting lawsuit against GoDaddy, alleging that the domain registrar giant allowed its customers to buy domains like 2011oscars.com or betacademyawards.com, "park" that page and collect a portion of revenue from GoDaddy's advertising partners on a pay-per-click basis.
When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thickebrought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," most observers took a listen of both songs to compare.
Performance rights organization SESAC and a group of local TV stations have asked a New York federal judge to move up a hearing that will likely mean the end of a long-running antitrust dispute.
In 2009, Meredith Corp. and Scripps Media brought a class action lawsuit that charged SESAC with unlawfully using its monopoly power to force TV stations into paying high fees to clear music in syndicated television shows.
The complaint used the Fox show, House, as an example.