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Alec Baldwin, Other Crew to Be Charged in ‘Rust’ Shooting

More than a year after the fatal shooting, Santa Fe County prosecutors announced they will charge star and producer Baldwin, as well as the film’s armorer, in…

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Berk Brettler: Hollywood Power Lawyers Talk Teaming Up for New Firm

Blair Berk and Andrew Brettler, two of the entertainment industry’s most well-known and respected lawyers, have teamed up to combine their civil and criminal practices into a one-stop-shop boutique firm.  A go-to civil litigator and fixture on THR‘s Power Lawyers list, Brettler has a client including Chelsea Handler, Sydney Sweeney, Amy Robach and Kevin O’Leary. […]

Marilyn Manson Settles Sexual Assault Suit Brought by Esmé Bianco

Marilyn Manson has settled a lawsuit brought by Esmé Bianco, a Game of Thrones actress who accused him of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in a series of violent incidents over the course of their relationship. The two sides reached a deal “in principle to resolve” the suit, according to a court document filed on […]

Ex-Fox News Employee Laura Luhn Sues Network Over Roger Ailes’ Sexual Harassment and Blackmail

Former Fox News employee Laura Luhn is suing the network over decades of alleged abuse by late CEO Roger Ailes — including an allegation that he blackmailed her with sexually explicit videos. The suit, which also includes claims against former co-president Bill Shine and parent company 21st Century Fox, is being filed under New York’s […]

Google’s Digital Advertising Dominance Under Fire As Justice Dept. Brings Antitrust Suit

The Department of Justice and several states have brought another federal antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to stifle competition in the digital advertising market.  The government alleges in a suit filed on Tuesday that Google has engaged in a “systematic campaign” to “neutralize and eliminate” competitors through a series […]

Activision Blizzard Beats Shareholder Suit

Activision Blizzard will not have to face a lawsuit from investors claiming the company lied to them by minimizing the impact of allegedly widespread sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson on Monday concluded that Activision Blizzard didn’t make false statements to shareholders about the […]

Guest Column: Lisa Marie Presley’s Death Highlights Estate Challenges of Multigenerational Fame

Nothing educates the public about estate law (and, sometimes, probate litigation) like the death of a celebrity. The passing of Lisa Marie Presley is likely no exception. High-profile deaths often shine a light on the sometimes complex post-death proceedings to shuttle a person’s wealth to his or her heirs or beneficiaries — assuming the estate is solvent […]

‘Rust’ Shooting: Alec Baldwin, Other Crew to Be Charged in Halyna Hutchins’ On-Set Death

Prosecutors in New Mexico on Thursday announced criminal charges will be filed against Alec Baldwin in connection with his role in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of Rust. Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney who serves Santa Fe County, will charge star and producer Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with two counts […]

‘Rust’ Charging Decisions to Come on Thursday

A New Mexico prosecutor will announce a decision on Thursday over whether to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and others for their roles in the fatal shooting on the set of Rust in October 2021. Mary Carmack-Altwies, the First Judicial District Attorney, and a special prosecutor brought on to handle the case will announce […]

AI Art Generators Spark Multiple Copyright Lawsuits

A group of artists are suing AI art generators Stability AI, Midjourney and DeviantArt for using their work to train AI tools. The first-of-its-kind suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement for using billions of images downloaded from the internet without artists’ consent. “Until now, when a purchaser seeks a new image ‘in the style’ […]

As New York Suspends Time Constraints On Sexual Abuse Claims, a Wave of Lawsuits Arrive In Courts

As Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing looms and Danny Masterson moves toward a retrial, a new phase in #Metoo-era litigation is underway in New York as a result of the state’s Adult Survivors Act — and a case involving former president Donald Trump is one of the first to test its limits. The ASA was signed by […]

Ezra Miller Trespassing Plea Deal Approved By Court

Ezra Miller appeared in a Vermont court Friday to agree to a plea deal that resolves a May 2022 incident in which they allegedly stole liquor from a neighbor’s home. The Flash actor in October pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included petit larceny and burglary, the latter of which carries a maximum sentence […]

Jeff Franklin’s ‘Fuller House’ Firing Suit Dismissed

Jeff Franklin’s lawsuit over his ouster from Fuller House has been dismissed, as an L.A. judge found he was unlikely to prove that showrunner Bryan Behar was responsible for his contract not being renewed. Franklin was taken off the Full House spin-off in February 2018 amid complaints about gender discrimination and other inappropriate behavior, but he maintains […]

Danny Masterson Asks Judge to Dismiss Rape Case “In the Interests of Justice” After Mistrial

Danny Masterson is asking an L.A. judge to use her discretion and dismiss the charges against him after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict following a month-long trial. Masterson was charged with the rape of three women from 2001 to 2003, to all of which he pled not guilty. The jury had been favoring acquittal […]

ABC Argues Ingo Rademacher’s COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Wasn’t Based on Religion

ABC is asking an L.A. judge to toss Ingo Rademacher’s lawsuit over his firing from General Hospital for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing that the actor’s beliefs aren’t religious in nature and he was likely going to be written off anyway. Rademacher was fired from the long-running soap in November 2021 after refusing to comply […]

Guest Column: Behind SAG-AFTRA’s Long-Awaited Victory in IMDb Birthday Display Battle

Even before its March 2012 merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild expressed consternation over the revelation of actors’ ages without their permission by IMDb, the premier online entertainment industry database that boasts of its commitment “to being the most complete source of film, TV and celebrity information.”  […]

‘Rust’ Assistant Director Dave Halls Countersues Alec Baldwin

Rust assistant director Dave Halls is moving to shield himself from legal trouble over his role in the on-set shooting that resulted in the death and injury of two crewmembers. Halls countersued Alec Baldwin and other crewmembers, arguing that it was their “active and primary negligence” that caused the incident. The suit comes on the […]