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Paramount Demands 'Wolf of Wall Street' Defamation Lawsuit Be Dismissed

Paramount Demands 'Wolf of Wall Street' Defamation Lawsuit Be Dismissed

Meet Andrew Greene, who worked at the corrupt brokerage house Stratton Oakmont between 1993 and 1996 and claimed in a defamation lawsuit filed last month that he was the basis for the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

Was that smart?

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Hollywood Studios Launch Lawsuit Against Megaupload

Hollywood Studios Launch Lawsuit Against Megaupload

Two years ago, Kim Dotcom had just finished partying with some big musicians when New Zealand law enforcement raided his mansion. The Megaupload founder didn't know what was happening at the time, but the U.S. government had just indicted him for criminal copyright infringement and racketeering.

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Former MTV Intern's Class Action Lawsuit Moving Forward

A former MTV intern's proposed class action lawsuit against the network and parent company Viacom will move forward, with the company's interns from the previous three years eligible to join.

United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled Friday that Casey O'Jeda has demonstrated that he and the company's other unpaid interns may have been victims of policies that violated labor laws.

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'Jersey Shore' Producer Hit With Class Action Suit for Overtime Pay

'Jersey Shore' Producer Hit With Class Action Suit for Overtime Pay

A former video editor has filed a class action lawsuit against 495 Productions, the company behind Jersey Shore and other reality programs, charging it with unfair business practices and saying it failed to pay for overtime work, violated minimum wage laws and acted improperly in other ways.

The suit was filed in L.A. Superior Court on Friday by Philip J. Pucci, a Los Angeles resident who worked for 495 Productions from October 2012 through February 2013 as an assistant editor on multiple shows.

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MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Must Again Face Partnership Lawsuit

MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Must Again Face Partnership Lawsuit

Talk show host Ed Schultz likes to talk about labor issues on his MSNBC show, but he is now facing renewed claims of cheating a man who allegedly worked to get him into the television business. On Friday, the D.C. Circuit Appeals Court reversed in part a district judge's dismissal and went out of its way to remand for further proceedings a claim that Schultz breached a partnership agreement.

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NBCU Prevails in Epic 'Ghost Hunters' Legal Battle

NBCU Prevails in Epic 'Ghost Hunters' Legal Battle

After more than seven years of litigation, including at one point a bad setback that NBCUniversal attempted to bring to the Supreme Court's attention, the entertainment giant has finally beaten a lawsuit that claimed it had stolen the idea behind the hit Syfy reality show Ghost Hunters. This week, a California appeals court ordered a lower court to grant the studio summary judgment because the plaintiffs hadn't brought their claims in a timely fashion. The ruling follows a vindication several months ago for series producer Pilgrim Films & Television.

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MGM Claims Universal's 'Section 6' Is James Bond Knockoff in Lawsuit

MGM Claims Universal's 'Section 6' Is James Bond Knockoff in Lawsuit

MGM and Danjaq, rights-holders of the lucrative James Bond franchise, are now in a legal battle against Universal over Section 6, an upcoming film about the early days of the U.K.'s spy agency.

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Group Fighting Digital Piracy Nearly Doubles Membership in First Six Weeks (Exclusive)

Group Fighting Digital Piracy Nearly Doubles Membership in First Six Weeks (Exclusive)

A little more than six weeks after its launch, anti-digital-piracy group CreativeFuture has nearly doubled its membership, and -- more significantly -- expanded beyond the big studios, networks, agencies and others behind its founding.

The nonprofit advocacy group is the successor to Creative America, which was founded three years ago during the disastrously unsuccessful battle to pass legislation to curb international piracy of intellectual property.

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Anita Busch Trial Against Michael Ovitz Moves Forward

Anita Busch Trial Against Michael Ovitz Moves Forward

How long did it take journalist Anita Busch to actually know that Michael Ovitz had something to do with an intimidation attempt against her organized by Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano? Certainly not right at the moment a dead fish, a red rose and a card that read "Stop" were left on her car windshield in the summer of 2002. But did she know about Ovitz' alleged role soon thereafter?

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WWE Runs Into Judge's Smackdown in Advance of Wrestlemania (Exclusive)

WWE Runs Into Judge's Smackdown in Advance of Wrestlemania (Exclusive)

The best match at Wrestlemania 30 this Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans might not be Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, but rather WWE CEO Vince McMahon against 100 John Does.

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Aereo Gets Support From Cable Operators, Law Professors, Tech Industry

Aereo Gets Support From Cable Operators, Law Professors, Tech Industry

From office watercooler conversations to Twitter chatter, television has long been a social medium. So it's no surprise that many people have something to say about the upcoming April 22 hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court that could influence the future of the industry.

Both TV broadcasters and Aereo have friends. And thus, the Supreme Court has been besieged with amicus briefs.

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Six-Year Legal Battle Over Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' Finally Ends (Exclusive)

Six-Year Legal Battle Over Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' Finally Ends (Exclusive)

As time stands divided against potential, there will be no marching back of the clock to relive the unfulfilled commercial promise of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, released in 2011 amid legal intrigue. The film can now be judged on its artistic merits as the lawsuits that dragged in its wake have now been regulated to the past. On Wednesday, film financier Gary Gilbert filed a formal request for dismissal to the once high-profile turf battle.

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Warner Bros. Wins $2.57 Million Ruling Over 'Wizard of Oz' Merchandise

Warner Bros. Wins $2.57 Million Ruling Over 'Wizard of Oz' Merchandise

Exactly eight years after suing over merchandise associated with The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind and several Tom and Jerry short films, Warner Bros. has been handed a $2.57 million victory by a Missouri federal judge.

OSCARS VIDEO: Pink Pays Tribute to 'Wizard of Oz' With Rousing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' Rendition

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Netflix, Amazon Sued by Former Executive in Million-Dollar Lawsuit

A former executive at Netflix has filed a defamation lawsuit against both the digital streaming service and Amazon, claiming that Netflix leveraged its status as a key Amazon customer to ensure he would be fired from his new job there.

In a lawsuit filed at the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jerry Kowal alleges defamation, false light invasion of privacy, civil conspiracy, intention of interference of employment relationship, blacklisting and wrongful termination.

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