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.
A judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Warner Bros. after the studio acquired rights to the Ghostman, a planned film adaptation of Roger Hobbs'novel about a fixer who helps bank robbers disappear after botched heists..
Bands have tried seemingly everything to prevent trademark lawsuits over their names, including contracts, creating corporate ownership structures and obtaining trademark registrations. Yet despite their best efforts, band name disputes remain mainstays of litigation.
Sometime next year, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will likely hand down a ruling that could determine the fate of internships in the entertainment and media sector.
On Tuesday, the appellate circuit agreed to review two cases -- one involving former interns on Fox Searchlight's Black Swan and the other involving former interns at publications owned by Hearst. (Because the disputes are ongoing, the 2nd Circuit had discretion on whether to grant the interlocutory appeals.)
Fair use or not, Goldieblox has stopped the music.
The toy company has replaced the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls," from the soundtrack to its controversial viral advertisement which shows three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type machine over alternative, empowering song lyrics. In an open letter to Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, Goldieblox has also offered to withdraw its lawsuit if the band stipulates that the company is no longer under threat.
In July, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. The complaint filed in New York federal court came in at a whopping 429 pages and dealt with such diverse topics as civil rights laws, unconscionable release forms, criminal background checks and a supposedly rigged TV contest.
Bryan Zuriff, an executive producer on Showtime's Ray Donovan, has escaped prison time.
A judge sentenced Zuriff to six months of home confinement, two years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine. The announcement came from U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman at a hearing in a New York courtroom on Monday.
This week, a toy company called Goldieblox ignited a chatterstorm with a video of three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type contraption and singing alternative lyrics to the Beastie Boys song "Girls." Since the video went up on Monday, it has been viewed more than seven million times and fueled discussion about how to get young girls interested in pursuing scientific careers.
But apparently not everyone is thrilled with the viral video.
Geraldo Rivera has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by the William Morris Endeavor talent agency, which claims it is owed commission of more than $1 million for work done on Fox News since 2010.
The civil suit brought by WME in September in the New York Supreme Court said the agency had represented Rivera for more than 25 years, "as he rose from news correspondent to a household name."