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Court papers have been filed dismissing a $10 million lawsuit that accused Kris Jenner of infringing copyrighted elements to create the hit social and mobile video game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Just Games Interactive, doing business as Kung Fu Factory, filed its claims in November 2015, alleging that an original proposal for the game was developed at the bequest of the Kardashian family. Thereafter, the game studio allegedly went to work on elements including how Kim, Khloe and Kourtney would be depicted as characters. In 2011, the plaintiff was allegedly told the project was dead before Glu Mobile released Kim Kardashian: Hollywood in June 2014.
The parties have settled on undisclosed terms. In response to a request for information, both sides issued an identical “no comment.”
In other entertainment law news:
— A California federal judge has dismissed a stockholder-derivative complaint that targeted Disney’s board members, including chairman Bob Iger, Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg, for their alleged role in permitting the company to engage in collusive pacts restricting the movement of animation workers in the entertainment and tech industries. The action followed both a Justice Department investigation and a class action lawsuit. The latter was recently settled for $100 million.
The derivative suit, which alleged the board members breached fiduciary duties and demanded Disney take actions to improve self-governance, was initially rejected by the judge before an amended complaint was filed that included a new focus on board member knowledge of antipoaching pacts through Disney’s acquisition of Pixar. Iger and cohorts then moved for dismissal on the basis that the allegations still weren’t sufficient, and the judge apparently agreed although the opinion rejecting the claims remains under seal.
— New York Marine, which provided insurance for Midnight Rider, has moved for summary judgment on remaining claims emanating from the ill-fated Greg Allman biopic, which shut down after camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and others injured due to a train accident on a railway trestle bridge during shooting. The insurance company exhausted its $5 million policy limit in a settlement with Jones’ family, but producers asserted a breach of contract and bad faith over alleged lapses and conflicts. In December, a judge concluded that criminal acts — in particular, trespass — had been properly excluded under the film company’s policy.
The insurance company now hopes to dispense with producers’ objections over how the Jones dispute was settled. In court papers filed this week, New York Marine says the insured agreed that the Jones case should have been settled and that its analysis resulted in the conclusion that the production company was facing a jury award exceeding $20 million. Here’s the summary judgment motion.
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