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DEC
15
5 DAYS

Can Sony Get Around the First Amendment to Sue the Media Over the Hack? (Analysis)

Can Sony Get Around the First Amendment to Sue the Media Over the Hack? (Analysis)

On Sunday night, famed attorney David Boies sent a threatening letter on behalf of Sony Pictures to The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and other news organizations demanding destruction of stolen information and warning of consequences for publishing the company's secrets.

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DEC
15
5 DAYS

Adult Film Industry Loses Appeal Over Los Angeles' Condom Law

Adult Film Industry Loses Appeal Over Los Angeles' Condom Law

Vivid Entertainment and other producers of adult erotica have been denied its latest attempt to halt the enforcement of a voter-initiated law that requires that porn actors wear condoms. On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of appeals rejected First Amendment arguments brought by the adult entertainment industry and affirmed a lower court's ruling.

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DEC
12
1 week

Smokey Robinson Settling With Ex-Wife Over Terminated Song Rights

Smokey Robinson Settling With Ex-Wife Over Terminated Song Rights

A closely-watched dispute between Smokey Robinson and his ex-wife Claudette Robinson over song rights is about to be resolved. On Thursday, the parties told a judge that they had reached a settlement in principle.

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DEC
12
1 week

Supreme Court Will Review Case About Spider-Man Toy

Supreme Court Will Review Case About Spider-Man Toy

The U.S. Supreme Court has been caught in Spider-Man's web, agreeing on Friday to review a case concerning royalty payments to the inventor of a Spider-Man toy called the Web Blaster.

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DEC
12
1 week

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Walmart

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Walmart

On Friday, a federal judge in New Jersey refused to halt a lawsuit brought by Tracy Morgan and others seriously injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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DEC
12
1 week

'Price Is Right' Model Will Get New Trial in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

'Price Is Right' Model Will Get New Trial in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

A California appeals court will allow a jury to decide whether Brandi Cochran, former model on The Price Is Right, was discriminated against after becoming pregnant. In an opinion released on Thursday, the appeals court has rejected FreemantleMedia's attempt at a judgment notwithstanding the verdict and has also pointed to a possible limitation in the way that television producers have been increasingly using the First Amendment to shield themselves from employment claims.

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DEC
12
1 week

Sony Hack: Legal Department Under Microscope After Latest Leak

Sony Hack: Legal Department Under Microscope After Latest Leak

As Sony Pictures' legal department confronts the ongoing nightmare of the studio being hacked recently, it must also look in the mirror as the latest leak from hackers focuses on communications by general counsel Leah Weil and other in-house attorneys.

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DEC
11
1 week

TV Networks Say College Athlete Lawsuit Would Radically Disrupt Sports Broadcasts

TV Networks Say College Athlete Lawsuit Would Radically Disrupt Sports Broadcasts

In an effort to dismiss a proposed class action, ESPN, CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC have outlined what would happen if a Tennessee federal judge allows college athletes to assert publicity rights on sports broadcasts.

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DEC
10
1 week

FCC on Verge of Giving Online Video Providers a Key Ruling

FCC on Verge of Giving Online Video Providers a Key Ruling

With votes coming any day now, the Federal Communications Commission could be primed to begin a process that would give online video providers like FilmOn and Aereo access to some of the advantages enjoyed by cable and satellite TV services.

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DEC
10
1 week

The Legal Battle Behind Bond's Blofeld

The Legal Battle Behind Bond's Blofeld

This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

You can't keep a supervillain down. After a 40-year hiatus, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the evil genius who battled James Bond through the 1960s and '70s, finally will return to the screen — maybe.

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DEC
10
1 week

Appeals Court Will Hear About Hollywood Ageism and Dead Lawyers

Appeals Court Will Hear About Hollywood Ageism and Dead Lawyers

Set your calendars: On February 6, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will stream oral arguments in the appeal of the actress who sued IMDb for revealing her age.

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DEC
10
1 week

Bill Cosby Faces Defamation Lawsuit From Alleged Sex Abuse Victim

Bill Cosby Faces Defamation Lawsuit From Alleged Sex Abuse Victim

Bill Cosby's biggest threat isn't the many women who are now coming forward to accuse him of sexual abuse from years ago. Instead, Bill Cosby's biggest danger is Bill Cosby.

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DEC
10
1 week

Sony Hack: Legal Risks for Years to Come

Sony Hack: Legal Risks for Years to Come

A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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DEC
9
2 WKS

Hollywood Docket: 'Luck' Horse Deaths Lawsuit Settled

Hollywood Docket: 'Luck' Horse Deaths Lawsuit Settled

Two and a half years after HBO canceled its horse-racing drama Luck in the wake of several horses’ deaths during production, the former American Humane Association employee who sued the organization over its supervision of the series has settled her case.

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