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MAR
31
2 WKS

Is a Mickey Mouse v. Deadmau5 Trademark Battle Brewing?

Is a Mickey Mouse v. Deadmau5 Trademark Battle Brewing?

On Friday, Disney let it be known at the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). This one is intriguing.

Deadmau5 is the stage name of EDM star Joel Zimmerman.

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MAR
31
2 WKS

Gawker Targets Quentin Tarantino's Motive for 'Hateful Eight' Lawsuit

Gawker Targets Quentin Tarantino's Motive for 'Hateful Eight' Lawsuit

Before a California judge has his say, Gawker is getting another word in edgewise in the ongoing legal controversy surrounding the leak of Quentin Tarantino's unproduced script, Hateful Eight.

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MAR
31
2 WKS

Disney's 'Frozen' Trailer Targeted in Copyright Lawsuit

Disney's 'Frozen' Trailer Targeted in Copyright Lawsuit

Hollywood theft lawsuits are common, but rare is one that mainly takes issue with a film teaser.

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MAR
31
2 WKS

Lawsuit Aims to Halt Warner Bros.' 'The Conjuring' Sequels (Exclusive)

Lawsuit Aims to Halt Warner Bros.' 'The Conjuring' Sequels (Exclusive)

With about $318 million in worldwide box office, Warner Bros' The Conjuring spooked many moviegoers last year. Naturally, the studio wants a sequel and has targeted Oct. 23, 2015, as the date for the follow-up about two paranormal investigators who come to the aid of a family living in a haunted house.

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MAR
28
3 WKS

Justin Bieber, Usher Beat $10 Million Song Plagiarism Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Justin Bieber, Usher Beat $10 Million Song Plagiarism Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Justin Bieber and Usher have prevailed in a lawsuit that claimed the two had stolen the 2010 song, "Somebody to Love."

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MAR
28
3 WKS

'Office Space' Actor Loses Lawsuit Over 'Flair'

'Office Space' Actor Loses Lawsuit Over 'Flair'

Can an actor lose rights over his own face?

Well, it just happened on Thursday.

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MAR
28
3 WKS

Hollywood Litigator Pierce O'Donnell Attempts Comeback at Greenberg Glusker (Exclusive)

Hollywood Litigator Pierce O'Donnell Attempts Comeback at Greenberg Glusker (Exclusive)

Pierce O'Donnell, once called the "new Perry Mason of Hollywood," has landed at a big law firm in town.

The litigator was once one of the biggest power players in town until he was indicted for illegally funneling campaign contributions to the John Edwards presidential campaign. The charge was that he got around $2,000-per-contributor limits by having employees and family members make contributions with the understanding they would be reimbursed.

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MAR
28
3 WKS

Why the ABC News 'Pink Slime' Ruling Is Bad for the Media Business

Why the ABC News 'Pink Slime' Ruling Is Bad for the Media Business

For those who have seen the Academy Award-nominated film The Insider, a South Dakota judge has authored the next chapter.

On Thursday, Judge Cheryle Gering refused to toss a $1.2 billion lawsuit brought by Beef Products Inc. over ABC News reports about a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." While dismissing a few of the claims, the judge is allowing the bulk of the lawsuit to proceed.

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MAR
28
3 WKS

Spot the Lawsuit in This 2011 James Marsden-Russell Brand Film

Spot the Lawsuit in This 2011 James Marsden-Russell Brand Film

Let's take a moment to appreciate the lawyers whose job it is to clear rights in films and TV shows. It's not as easy as one might assume.

Case in point: here's a scene from the 2011 film, Hop, an Easter-themed movie directed by Tim Hill that blends animation and live action and stars James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Gary Cole and a rabbit character voiced by Russell Brand. Take a bit of an Easter egg hunt to look for the alleged copyright infringement.

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MAR
28
3 WKS

Judge Refuses to Throw Out ABC News 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

Judge Refuses to Throw Out ABC News 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

ELK POINT, S.D. -- A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

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MAR
27
3 WKS

Discovery Sued Over Reality TV Helicopter Crash

Discovery Sued Over Reality TV Helicopter Crash

The father of a man killed in a helicopter crash during the filming of a reality TV show has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Discovery Communications.

The father of Darren Rydstrom, a cameraman killed in a Feb. 10, 2013, crash, filed his suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit also names multiple companies connected to the operation of the helicopter, including Crossbow Helicopters.

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MAR
27
3 WKS

Jeff Berg's Resolution, ICM Settle Agent Commissions Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Jeff Berg's Resolution, ICM Settle Agent Commissions Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Some degree of peace has erupted in the sometimes cankerous world of Hollywood talent agencies.

Jeff Berg's Resolution Entertainment and his former company ICM Partners have come to a settlement to end a lawsuit that was brought last October.

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MAR
27
3 WKS

'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit No Longer Involves Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways'

'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit No Longer Involves Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways'

A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs.

EARLIER: Sony/ATV Settles With Marvin Gaye's Family

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MAR
27
3 WKS

Geraldo Rivera Beats WME's Lawsuit Over Commissions (Exclusive)

Geraldo Rivera Beats WME's Lawsuit Over Commissions (Exclusive)

William Morris Endeavor has lost its lawsuit claiming Fox News host Geraldo Rivera owed commissions of more than $1 million. On Thursday, a New York Superior Court judge dismissed WME's complaint.

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