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Hollywood Docket: Comcast-NBCU merger condition; libel lawsuits down; ‘Jonah Hex’ tops most-pirated list

The DOJ and FCC are weighing requiring Comcast to accept arbitration in disputes over programming sales as a condition for blessing the company's acquisition of NBC Universal. [Bloomberg] Lawyers…

Staffing: OMM advises Spyglass on MGM deal

A few entertainment law odds-and-ends:

Hollywood Docket: MGM bankruptcy; Bergstein’s gambling debt; appeals court reinstates MSNBC suit

MGM is preparing to move ahead on a plan in bankruptcy court that would hand over most of the equity in the studio to its secured lenders and control of the studio to Spyglass Entertainment. The…

Hollywood Docket: Anti-piracy pact released; Tivo patent reaffirmed; court sketch artist vs. ESPN

The full text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was published yesterday (here). Hollywood is supporting the measure, although it's clear that in order to win tech support, language…

Hollywood Docket: McTiernan speaks; SAGWatch probe; Foo Fighter fake-sues Scissor Sister

"Die Hard" director John McTiernan, sentenced to a year in jail in connection with the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal, breaks his silence in an interview with THR. He says he's not afraid…

Hollywood Docket: ‘Hobbit’ mediation; McTiernan sentenced; ‘Real Housewives’ heist

New Zealand really wants that labor dispute over "The Hobbit" to be settled. In an effort to keep production of the film going in its country, it has deployed two senior ministers to mediate the…