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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

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ACTRESS CLAIMS BABY GIRLFRIEND COMMERCIAL IS ABOUT HER Actress Lindsay Lohan is once again in the news. That argument seems preposterous on its face.

FILIPINA JUSTICE NOMINATED TO HEAD CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

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GOVERNOR SCHWARZENAGGER NOMINATES JUSTICE TANI CANTIL-SAKAUYE TO BECOME FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN ON STATE SUPREME COURT July 22, 2010 is an historic day for the Filipino-American legal community. View the Governor's press conference here.You can read PABA's press release celebrating Governor Schwarzenagger's historic announcement here.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: REPRESENTING THE UNPOPULAR CLIENT

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THR's post was about deal lawyers. Interesting. After the jump, why I disagree with this sentiment. Harper Lee wrote about it in To Kill A Mockingbird.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE ART OF A TRIAL

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TOP COURTROOM MOTION PICTURES In the spirit of the many lists of "top" whatever in the entertainment industry, I decided to write about my favorite courtroom films. Before doing so, I decided to do "research" -- so I purchased some movies that I had not seen before and some others that I had not seen in a while. But someone had to do it.

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ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA: DELAYED TELEVISION COVERAGE OF OLYMPICS

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HOW VIEWERS ARE IMPACTED BY "TAPE DELAYED" COVERAGE OF 2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICS As a sports fan in California, "watching" the 2010 Olympics has been a frustrating experience. NBC has provided the west coast with little live coverage. Never one to turn down an opportunity to speak my mind, I agreed. The LA Times article appears here.

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

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Kennedy as the keynote speaker. This year, I was invited as an "ex officio" Lawyer Representative.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: REPRESENTING THE UNPOPULAR CLIENT

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THR's post was about deal lawyers. Interesting. After the jump, why I disagree with this sentiment.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE BRATZ BEAT BACK BARBIE ON APPEAL

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The case has garnered much attention as two highly popular doll lines and their manufacturers battled each other in federal court in Los Angeles.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE ART OF A TRIAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

TOP COURTROOM MOTION PICTURES In the spirit of the many lists of "top" whatever in the entertainment industry, I decided to write about my favorite courtroom films. Before doing so, I decided to do "research" -- so I purchased some movies that I had not seen before and some others that I had not seen in a while. But someone had to do it.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS CONFIRMS NOMINEE FOR CHIEF JUSTICE

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JURIST ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE My practice and this blog is focused on entertainment, media and intellectual property litigation. More on my testimony and Justice Cantil-Sakauye's hearing after the jump.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS CONFIRMS NOMINEE FOR CHIEF JUSTICE

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FILIPINO-AMERICAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING FIRST STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE My practice and this blog is focused on entertainment, media and intellectual property litigation. Cantil-Sakauye and her nomination to become the first Filipino-American justice of the California Supreme Court, and first Asian-American Chief Justice of California.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: WHEN THE CLIENT AND LAWYER TURN ON EACH OTHER

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG LAWYER-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP The lawyer-client relationship can -- and should -- be among the most intimate relationships -- grounded in mutual trust and respect, with open and honest communication. This post is about examples of what can happen when the lawyer-client relationship deteriorates into an adversarial one.

FILIPINA JUSTICE NOMINATED TO HEAD CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

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GOVERNOR SCHWARZENAGGER NOMINATES JUSTICE TANI CANTIL-SAKAUYE TO BECOME FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN ON STATE SUPREME COURT July 22, 2010 is an historic day for the Filipino-American legal community. View the Governor's press conference here.You can read PABA's press release celebrating Governor Schwarzenagger's historic announcement here. Short Takes

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

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ACTRESS CLAIMS BABY GIRLFRIEND COMMERCIAL IS ABOUT HER. Actress Lindsay Lohan is once again in the news. This time, however, it's not because of what Lohan and her running buddies have done in some nightclub, or the latest in the ongoing feud between Lohan and her father. Lohan's break as an actress came in the 2004 motion picture "Mean Girls."

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA: DELAYED TELEVISION COVERAGE OF OLYMPICS

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HOW VIEWERS ARE IMPACTED BY "TAPE DELAYED" COVERAGE OF 2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICS As a sports fan in California, "watching" the 2010 Olympics has been a frustrating experience. NBC has provided the west coast with little live coverage. Never one to turn down an opportunity to speak my mind, I agreed. The LA Times article appears here. Television

How News Organizations Are Generating Revenue From Social Media

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Eriq Gardner The bible of rock culture was sued for unfairly competing with its exclusive licensing deals with musicians. read more. Music Music Business

It’s Not Business, It’s Personal

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If you want to get anywhere in any aspect of the entertainment business you need friends in high places. But this business is a business.

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It’s Not Business, It’s Personal

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If you want to get anywhere in any aspect of the entertainment business you need friends in high places. But this business is a business.

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Everything you need to know about 'The Social Network' and the law

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Today we've got another attorney guest post, this one from Aaron Moss, a partner at L.A.'s Greenberg Glusker and co-founder of the firm's Law Law Land blog. He follows our thoughts on the subject with the best analysis we've seen.

'Loser' Labor Standoff

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A summary of the IATSE "Biggest Loser" strike and a photo from the picket lines. See The Hollywood Reporter. Note - because this is from the weekly edition, a subscription is required to view the page. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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Time for a Revolt against the TSA

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First the government says that we need more people who speak Arabic. Then, the TSA handcuffs and detains a student for carrying Arabic flashcards into an airport.Kids’ pillows are a threat to national security, as is Play Doh.TSA agents force a disabled four year old boy’s parents to remove his leg braces before he can [.].

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James Bond's Gun Is 'Distinctive,' Says U.S. Trademark Office

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Eriq Gardner About 54% of gun-owners in survey can identify James Bond's weapon of choice read more. Tech Movies Tech

Mother of teen 'sex addict' sues 'Tyra' show

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Next on "The Tyra Banks Show": TV producers who kidnap teenaged sex addicts? The mother of a 15-year-old self-proclaimed "sex addict" is suing Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tyra Banks and executive producers of her talk show for.

Hollywood Docket: Google wants to charge the music industry for anti-piracy help

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Today's must-read: The RIAA and the IFPI, two music industry trade groups, recently sent a letter to Google asking for more aid in tracking down pirated material online. Google said it would help, but only for a price -- frustrating.

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'Deadliest Catch' trio rejoins the show

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By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Capts. Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have agreed to return to "Deadliest Catch," ending a legal stalemate that threatened the Discovery hit reality series. We're happy we worked everything out with Discovery," the trio.

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

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"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 of prison. THR] Oksana Grigorieva won't be going.

Is this Katy Perry bikini photo worth millions?

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Marvix Photo Inc., a celebrity photograph agency, has filed a lawsuit against Fanpop, the operator of a network of online fan clubs, for posting 21 copyrighted photos of Katy Perry on vacation in the Bahamas. Marvix.

Michael Bay gets apology, dismissal of battery lawsuit

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By Matthew Belloni A Ventura County lawyer has learned that you do NOT screw around with Michael Bay. Six weeks after including the "Transformers" director as a defendant in a pistol-whipping battery lawsuit stemming from a fight at a Hollywood.

Judge: Mark Cuban must pay Don Johnson

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By Paul Bond Among those who must pay Don Johnson his $51.7 million in "Nash Bridges" money are billionaires Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner and their 2929 Entertainment, the actor's representatives said. judge ruled late Thursday that it was.

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Hollywood Docket: Feds vs. Fox News; Canada vs. 'Jersey Shore'; singing in court?

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Federal authorities are suing Fox News for allegedly retaliating against a reporter after she complained about unequal pay and job conditions based on her gender and age. THR] AFTRA has made a deal with its unionized business reps, giving them.

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Capt. Sig backs 'Deadliest Catch' co-stars, slams Discovery

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Capt. Sig Hansen, star of Discovery's hit reality series "Deadliest Catch," is breaking his silence on the network's lawsuit against two of his co-stars. Not surprisingly, he's backing fellow captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. "I am.

Sadly, we will never know why the 'milkaholic' E-Trade baby was named Lindsay

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By Eriq Gardner Lindsay Lohan hasn't had much good news lately, with a judge issuing a bench warrant today for her arrest after violating terms of her probation. But the actress has shut the book on one legal matter. Lohan.

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Vivid sues to stop Jimi Hendrix sex tape dowloads

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Jimi Hendrix in a sex tape? Yes, the legendary rocker apparently made one 40 years ago -- and now adult entertainment giant Vivid is all hot and bothered because many websites have been showing it without permission.

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Paris Hilton in bizarre drug allegation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: The litigation over a "tell-all" book written by a former "Girls Gone Wild" cameraman has revealed allegations that Paris Hilton once found a creative place to hide drugs. The book, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Hollywood Docket: War declares War on Pepsi; Eminem wins appeal; Travolta ends extortion case

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The band War is suing Pepsi-Cola for $10 million for featuring its song "Why Can't We Be Friends" in a recent ad without permission. Could Pepsi and ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day really have used the tune without clearing it first?

Class action claims Disney stiffed financial analysts on overtime

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By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Some of the Disney employees who make sure A-list stars get paid accurately by the studio are now suing claiming—yes, you guessed it—that they weren't paid accurately by the studio. Thirty-six financial analysts and contract researchers.

Taylor Lautner settles that $300,000 RV lawsuit

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By Matthew Belloni Something to celebrate this Labor Day weekend: "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner has settled his lawsuit against the Orange County RV dealership that failed to deliver his $300,000 trailer in time for the shoot of his latest movie.

Hollywood Docket: Disney/Time Warner deal; Paris Hilton judgment; governors vs. Fox News

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Hooray! The Walt Disney Co. has struck a carriage deal with Time Warner Cable to keep its broadcast and cable channels for 14 millions subscribers, including in large markets like New York and Los Angeles. The deal comes on the.

Conan O'Brien picks 'Conan' as new show title (video)

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By Eriq Gardner Conan O'Brien and his team must feel pretty confident that he holds the rights to call his show "Conan." The late night comedian announced via a video message (seen below) that his new TBS show will simply.

BBC trying to muzzle the big 'Top Gear' secret

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By Eriq Gardner The BBC is attempting to stop HarperCollins from publishing a book that will unmask the identity of the costumed stunt driver in the successful series "Top Gear." "Top Gear" is the biggest BBC hit and an international.