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OCT
7
2 WKS

Why a Judge Allowed MGM to Pursue Universal Over a 'James Bond Knockoff'

Why a Judge Allowed MGM to Pursue Universal Over a 'James Bond Knockoff'

Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge James Otero refused to dismiss an MGM lawsuit against Universal over the spy film project Section 6. Unfortunately, the ruling was filed under seal so it was hard to immediately explain why the judge had allowed a lawsuit over a film that's said to be in early development.

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OCT
7
2 WKS

ESPN, Major TV Networks Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

ESPN, Major TV Networks Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

Up until now, ESPN, CBS, Fox and NBC have been mostly watching from the sidelines as a historic movement plays out to compensate NCAA athletes. That all changed thanks to a proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Friday in Tennessee federal court.

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OCT
7
2 WKS

Manuel Noriega on 'Call of Duty': My Grandchildren Asked Why I Was the Target

Manuel Noriega on 'Call of Duty': My Grandchildren Asked Why I Was the Target

In the midst of a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Manuel Noriega has come forward to explain how it came to his attention that Call of Duty: Black Ops II was featuring his image.

"I first became aware that my image and likeness was being utilized in Call of Duty: Black Ops II when my grandchildren played the game and asked why, in the video game, their target was to capture my character," says Noriega in a declaration submitted in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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OCT
6
3 WKS

CNN Sued by Former Producer For Race and Age Discrimination

CNN Sued by Former Producer For Race and Age Discrimination

Stanley Wilson, who worked for CNN as a news producer for 17 years before being dismissed, filed a lawsuit on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against his former employer, Turner Broadcasting and CNN bureau chief Peter Janos seeking at least $5 million.

Wilson, 51, is African-American, and charges in the suit that he was discriminated against and wrongfully terminated — and in the process was defamed and faced retaliation.

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OCT
6
3 WKS

This Magician's Trick Will Disappear From YouTube Thanks to Court Ruling

This Magician's Trick Will Disappear From YouTube Thanks to Court Ruling

Raymond Teller (famous as the silent half of magician tandem Penn & Teller) has scored a new success in his legal battle with Belgian magician Gerard Dogge, who once posted a YouTube video of an illusion called "The Rose & Her Shadow" and offered to reveal the secrets for $3,050. A federal judge has now issued a permanent injunction and slammed Dogge with a whopping $545,000 penalty.

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OCT
6
3 WKS

Supreme Court Denies Review of Superman Rights

Supreme Court Denies Review of Superman Rights

Warner Bros. can rest a bit easier today after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a challenge to its Superman rights.

The request for a hearing came from the estate of Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster, which attempted to exploit the termination provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act to reclaim their portion of the lucrative character.

In November 2013, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that a 1992 agreement made by Jean Peavy, the sister of Shuster, precludes the estate's attempt to terminate a copyright grant.

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OCT
3
3 WKS

Charlie Sheen Sued for Assault, Sexual Battery by Dental Technician

Charlie Sheen Sued for Assault, Sexual Battery by Dental Technician

Charlie Sheen is being sued by a dental technician for assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming from an alleged incident during an appointment last month. 

The complaint was filed on Friday at the Los Angeles County Superior court by the attorneys of Margarita Palestino. The dental office technician also claims that her employer, dentist George Bogen, told her that Sheen "was 'high' on a combination of crack cocaine, Theradol, and alcohol" during the incident. 

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OCT
3
3 WKS

Halle Berry Finalizing Settlement of Lawsuit Against Watch Company (Exclusive)

Halle Berry Finalizing Settlement of Lawsuit Against Watch Company (Exclusive)

On Friday, attorneys for Halle Berry told a judge that they were putting the finishing touches on a settlement with an Italian company called Toywatch S.p.A. and its brand agents. The deal would bring an end to a lawsuit filed in July 2013 as well as a provocative defense built around the implications of gifts that celebrities receive from hungry marketers.

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OCT
3
3 WKS

EMI Sued in Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales. This time, the plaintiff is the widow of John Stewart, the songwriter who was with The Kingston Trio and who also penned The Monkees' hit "Daydream Believer."

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OCT
3
3 WKS

In Plot Twist, Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

In Plot Twist, Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

In the second chapter — or is it the third or fourth? — in a dispute over Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio, Rivera's former manager. The lawsuit aims to stop Lucio from using writings and interviews and even have law enforcement come to confiscate. The case is far from an open-and-shut one.

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OCT
3
3 WKS

Should Jennifer Lawrence Have an IPO for Herself?

Should Jennifer Lawrence Have an IPO for Herself?

This story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Is the world ready for a Tom Cruise IPO? How about trading shares of Melissa McCarthy for a piece of Ben Affleck?

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OCT
2
3 WKS

After SiriusXM Success, The Turtles Take on Pandora in $25 Million Lawsuit (Exclusive)

After SiriusXM Success, The Turtles Take on Pandora in $25 Million Lawsuit (Exclusive)

The radio dial — whether it's satellite like SiriusXM, web like Pandora or terrestrial like iHeartMedia — might never be the same.

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OCT
2
3 WKS

Google Responds to Jennifer Lawrence Attorney's $100 Million Lawsuit Threat

Google Responds to Jennifer Lawrence Attorney's $100 Million Lawsuit Threat

On Wednesday, attorney Marty Singer slammed Google in a letter that threatened a lawsuit with at least $100 million in damages for allegedly facilitating the posting of hacked nude photos.

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OCT
2
3 WKS

Celebrities Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit for "Facilitating" Hacked Nude Photos

Celebrities Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit for "Facilitating" Hacked Nude Photos

Marty Singer, representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked and whose nude photos were stolen in late August, is excoriating Google in a letter that threatens a $100 million lawsuit.

"Google’s 'Don’t be evil' motto is a sham," he writes.

The letter calls out "Google’s despicable, reprehensible conduct in not only failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the Images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating the unlawful conduct."

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