BEVERLY HILLS -- In what was called "the toast, the roast and making the most of L. Lee Phillips," the well-known music industry lawyer was honored Wednesday evening as the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.
Bryan Singer, director, producer and writer of more than two dozen productions including the X-Men films, was accused Wednesday in a federal lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17-year-old boy at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii where firearms, drugs and alcohol were present. The alleged conduct took place in 1999 and included rape and other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, including at "sordid parties," according to the highly graphic lawsuit.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will not be sitting out the Aereo case next week, an entry on the Court’s public docket revealed Wednesday. Alito had previously been listed as recused, setting up the possibility of a 4-4 tie in the case, which would have left in place a welter of conflicting lower-court decisions that ratify Aereo and similar services in some parts of the country and outlaw them in others.
Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline-making disputes over whether former Black Flag members could tour as "Flag," Facebook's use of Eminem music in an advertising campaign and a bitter credit fight over Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.
Next week's Supreme Court argument will be difficult for cable-competitor Aereo, legal experts agree, as the company faces off against not just broadcasters but also the influential U.S. Solicitor General's office and the Copyright Office. While it will be a tough fight for the company, the case is so complex and the copyright and communications statutes so intricate that one advocate said the decision could end up as lopsided as 7-1 -- in either direction.