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Ashley Cullins

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‘The Home Edit’ Duo Have a Long List of Dream Clients

Netflix has no shortage of big personalities, but none are quite as colorful as decluttering gurus Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. Despite a shared affinity for ROYGBIV, the stars of Get Organized With The Home Edit are a bit of an odd couple. Before going into business together, entrepreneurial Teplin was a lone wolf — […]

Britney Spears’ Attorney Explains Why He Took on the Out-of-the-Ordinary Case

For 13 years, nine months and 12 days, Britney Spears languished in a conservatorship as the whole world watched. Despite her legion of fans across the globe demanding for more than a decade that the court #FreeBritney, nothing changed — until everything did. On June 23, Spears appeared remotely before L.A. County Superior Court Judge […]

Naya Rivera’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit Against Ventura County

Naya Rivera’s family has reached a settlement with Ventura County in a wrongful death lawsuit filed following her 2020 drowning in a Southern California lake. The Glee star, who was 33 at the time of her death, drowned while boating on Lake Piru in July 2020. In November of that year, Ryan Dorsey filed a […]

‘MacGyver’ Profits Lawsuit Against CBS Moves Toward Trial

A profits fight over the MacGyver reboot is one step closer to trial after an L.A. judge found the dispute over whether there was a “meeting of the minds” in the mid-’80s that created an enforceable agreement is fit for a jury. The 2018 suit stems from a TV producing deal in the mid-1980s involving […]

Reed Hastings, Patty Quillin to Donate $10M to Tougaloo College and Brown University

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, producer Patty Quillin, are donating $10 million to fund scholarship programs at Tougaloo College and Brown University. The gift will provide financial aid for Tougaloo students studying medicine, public health, the sciences, education, business and other community-focused fields, as well as support a 58-years-long partnership between Brown and […]

Could Jurors’ Smartphone Alerts Push an Appellate Court’s Buttons in Sarah Palin-N.Y. Times Defamation Fight?

The New York Times winning its defamation fight with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t necessarily unexpected. But, when you throw in a federal judge indicating he’d dismiss the case while the jury was still deliberating, modern technology that made several of the jurors aware of that decision before they reached a verdict and recent […]

Halyna Hutchins’ Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Over ‘Rust’ Shooting

In the nearly four months since the deadly shooting on the New Mexico set of Rust that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, multiple lawsuits have been filed. But, until Tuesday, her family had yet to take legal action. During a press conference at the downtown L.A. office of Panish Shea, which was shared via private livestream […]

Instagram Defeats Suit Over Embedding Feature

Instagram has defeated a lawsuit from users unhappy with its embedding feature, as a California federal judge has dismissed their suit without leave to amend. Two photographers, Alexis Hunley and Matthew Scott Brauer, in May 2021 sued Instagram on behalf of themselves and any other users who since July 1, 2013 had uploaded content to […]

Longtime ‘Simpsons’ Composer Settles Termination Dispute With Fox

The legal battle between Fox and longtime Simpsons composer Alf Clausen over his 2017 termination is officially over after the parties reached a resolution and secured dismissal in two courts, but that doesn’t mean Clausen is walking away singing a happy tune. Clausen sued Fox in 2019 alleging that he had been fired because of […]

L.A.’s Ultra-Competitive Real Estate Market Sparks Nontraditional Negotiation Tactics

In a hot market — with no shortage of high-profile clients — real estate deals are increasingly including provisions designed to make offers extra-competitive and secretive. NDAS IN L.A. Nondisclosure agreements are on the rise — with an increase in recent years from the buyer’s side. That’s because sellers typically own the listing photos, and […]

Michael Ovitz Resolves Dispute With Insurer Over Anita Busch Settlement Payment

CAA co-founder and former Walt Disney Co. president Michael Ovitz has resolved a dispute with his insurance company over its refusal to pay a larger share of his nearly $13 million settlement with journalist Anita Busch. Busch had claimed Ovitz hired infamous private investigator Anthony Pellicano to intimidate her into killing a story and, after […]

Bill Paxton’s Family Can Seek Punitive Damages Against Cedars-Sinai in Wrongful Death Suit

Bill Paxton’s family can seek punitive damages against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in connection with their claim that it failed to perform an autopsy as promised in an effort to cover up his cause of death, an L.A. judge ruled Wednesday. The actor died of a stroke in February 2017 following a heart surgery for aortic […]