Judge's stamp: Passport owes Presley


A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered Passport International Prods. to pay $2.8 million in damages and legal fees to Elvis Presley Enterprises and songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for releasing a 2002 DVD set without permission.

Passport had appealed a previous U.S. District Court ruling but lost in a 2006 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sent the matter back for a judgment ruling, handed down Wednesday.

The copyrighted materials in question included Presley home movies owned by EPE, material from "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other video, attorneys said. The plaintiffs were represented by George Hedges of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.