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Entertainment law news this morning:
- Attorney David White was officially appointed as SAG’s national executive director. White will take on responsibilities as SAG’s chief negotiator. The hiring was made without the normal rancor within SAG’s famously divisive membership, leading one law professor to speculate on the reasons why the organization would risk a lawsuit over failure to meet its fiduciary duty of care by not making a thorough candidate search.
- A Swiss court has rejected Roman Polanski’s bid to be released pending extradition to the U.S., ruling he might be a flight risk. Well, duh.
- A U.S. District Judge is allowing EMI to file a lawsuit against MP3tunes.com founder Michael Robertson. Previously, the court wouldn’t let EMI sue the individual — only the company. But testimony from the company’s former president convinced the judge that Robertson had intricate involvement in decision-making.
- SAG presidential candidate Seymour Cassell has been suspended for 2 years by the guild for being found guilty in an internal sexual harassment trial.
- A judge is allowing disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich to appear on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Prosecutors argued that his appearance could taint the jury pool at his forthcoming federal corruption trial. Defense counsel opposed the motion, saying Blagojevich has a right to proclaim his innocence in public.
- At a meeting of the Radio & Television News Association, TMZ’s Harvey “I’m A Lawyer” Levin slammed the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Office’s for obtaining a search warrant on his personal phone records, calling it “a brutal assault on freedom of the press.”
- Lincoln Center Theater in NY has terminated the contract of the stage manager of South Pacific after he was arraigned late last week on charges of unlawful surveillance. Michael Brunner is accused of using his iPhone to videotape one of the actresses backstage in the dressing room.
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