ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LITIGATION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ASSERT TRADEMARK RIGHTS AGAINST CLIPPER DARRELL

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In fact, Clipper fans have boldly declared that their beloved team is now THE team of Los Angeles. (As a long time Lakers fan, I scoff at this notion.

Angelyne sues City of Los Angeles for not delivering fan mail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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Financial Hardship for Samuel L. Jackson? How Celebrities Get Out of Jury Duty

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The potential for distraction or influence generally does not convince judges to dismiss celebrities, says Los Angeles litigator John Gatti.

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LITIGATION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ASSERT TRADEMARK RIGHTS AGAINST CLIPPER DARRELL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

In fact, Clipper fans have boldly declared that their beloved team is now THE team of Los Angeles. (As a long time Lakers fan, I scoff at this notion.

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. Tags: Girls Gone Wild Litigation

'Precious' lawsuit tossed; no signed writing for copyright transfer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni A Federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a key portion of The Weinstein Co.'s litigation over rights to the Sundance hit "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire." We've been following this case since January, Tags: Litigation

Self-help guru Wayne Dyer sued for stealing from Tao book

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District Court in Los Angeles, author Stephen Mitchell says Dyer "copied verbatim. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Popular self-help author Wayne Dyer has been accused of helping himself to someone else's book. In a copyright infringement lawsuit filed today in U.S.

Wayans brothers joke theft case moves to L.A.

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By Matthew Belloni A lawsuit claiming that the Wayans brothers stole jokes from a former assistant and published them in a book called "101 Ways to Know You're a Golddigger" has been transferred from New York to Los Angeles. Tags: Litigation Jared.

If Warner Bros. accidentally sent you $1 mil, would you cash the check?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At least that's what's implied in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni You get a fat check from a major studio that maybe shouldn't be yours. Do you cash it? David Bergstein would. Warner.

Pauly Shore sues brother over control of Comedy Store

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By Matthew Belloni A family feud over the future of Los Angeles' venerable Comedy Store spilled into court today. Tags: Litigation Actor/comedian Pauly Shore sued brother Peter Shore alleging Pauly was improperly removed from the family company's board of directors and suggesting.

Courtney Love loses motion to dismiss Twitter defamation case

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By Eriq Gardner A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied Courtney Love's attempts to throw out what may be a precedent-setting Twitter defamation lawsuit. Tags: Celebrity Defamation Litigation Twitter In March, clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir sued Love for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction.

Jack Klugman sues Universal again over 'Quincy' profits

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By Matthew Belloni Actor Jack Klugman is accusing Universal Studios of hiding millions in profits from the classic NBC medical series "Quincy, M.E." In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Klugman claims his deal with NBC to. Tags: Litigation

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE ART OF A TRIAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Most of its outdoor scenes were actually shot in an empty Los Angeles field -- now known as Playa Vista -- where a Beijing village was recreated, complete with cars and bicycles imported from China.) It was gruesome research watching all these films. But someone had to do it. With others, the trial is the main focus of the film.

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

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Everyone knew everyone else -- even in Los Angeles. Kennedy as the keynote speaker. This is a good thing.

Panel Discussion on IP issues in the presidential campaign -- Feb. 19 at 6pm in Los Angeles

Copyrights & Campaigns

Those in the LA area may be interested in attending this panel discussion on IP issues in the 2008 presidential campaign, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section. (I was an attorney on Sen. McCain's campaign and am one of the panelists.) link] calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: FORMER UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYER REEVES NELSON SUES SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR DEFAMATION

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LAWSUIT TARGETS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR'.

Nikki Finke website sues for copyright infringement

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District Court in Los Angeles against Arthur Meyerovich and Alina. Tags: Copyright Litigation By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke has just launched another legal attack. Mail.com Media Corp., parent company of Finke's Deadline.com, filed a copyright infringement suit today in U.S.

Jackson family lawsuit blames AEG for Michael's death

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Here's the complaint, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by Katherine Jackson on behalf of the family. Tags: Litigation Michael Jackson By Matthew Belloni Michael Jackson's family has sued AEG Live claiming the event production company is responsible for Jackson's death. The lawsuit.

Howie Mandel would like to be paid for DVD games

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Howie Mandel was stiffed $210,000 for his work on three DVD games, according to this lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Tags: Contracts & Riders Litigation The "America's Got Talent" judge and "Deal or No Deal" host is said to have provided video shooting.

Michael Bay named in pistol-whipping lawsuit

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Here's the complaint for battery and negligence, filed this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni "Transformers" director Michael Bay has been sued by two men who claim they were pistol-whipped by his security guard outside a trendy nightclub.

Criminal charges filed against alleged Oscar trespasser

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We've learned that the City of Los Angeles has filed criminal trespass charges against Michael. Tags: Criminal Litigation By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Bad news for the actor who traded lawsuits with the motion picture academy after being detained outside the Oscars in March.

Trial alert! How much is Don Johnson owed for 'Nash Bridges'?

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By Matthew Belloni Lost in the hoopla of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" trial is another big-money TV dispute playing out in Los Angeles Superior Court. Tags: Litigation Don Johnson took the stand last week in his battle with Rysher.

Rosenberg denied! Judge set to dismiss lawsuit by SAG hardliners

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles Superior Court is about to close the door on an insurgency from a group of hard-liners at the Screen Actors Guild. Tags: Labor Litigation The court has issued a tentative ruling dismissing a complaint by former.

A dead celebrity like John Wayne is worth millions and a good lawsuit

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That's the question the legendary actor's daughter and five of his grandchildren are asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in a new lawsuit. Tags: Celebrity Litigation Right of Publicity By Eriq Gardner How much is John Wayne worth these days? The defendant is the successor.

Stem cell nonprofit sues Reliant's Thom Mount over documentary

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According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior. Tags: Accounting Litigation By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Reliant Pictures head Thom Mount has been sued by the World Stem Cell Foundation for not making good on a $1.5 million investment to produce a docudrama.

7 big benefits of registering your copyrights early.

Gordon P. Firemark

The costs of copyright infringement litigation can be tremendous, and frequently exceed the amount of money damages which might be recovered.

'Hannah Montana' creators sue Disney for profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, series co-creators Barry. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni Two of the creators of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" franchise have sued the network for more than $5 million in profits from the show.

Movie research firm claims former head misappropriated trade secrets

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On Tuesday, OTX filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against. Tags: Litigation By Gregg Kilday Caught off-guard when Kevin Goetz resigned as president of its motion picture group in late February, entertainment research firm OTX has taken its case to court.

Judge SLAPPs Joe Francis, rules Playboy model's claims relevant to 'treatment of women'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has been given a SLAPP by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in a defamation case that stemmed from him allegedly punching a Playboy model. Tags: Defamation Free Speech Girls Gone Wild Litigation Former Playmate of the Year Jayde.

Judge SLAPPs Joe Francis, rules Playboy model's claims relevant to 'treatment of women'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has been given a SLAPP by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in a defamation case that stemmed from him allegedly punching a Playboy model. Tags: Defamation Free Speech Girls Gone Wild Litigation Former Playmate of the Year Jayde.

Why Ron Livingston didn't sue Wikipedia

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

On Friday, the actor best known for "Office Space" filed this lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Tags: Celebrity Defamation Facebook Litigation Right of Publicity Web/Tech By Eriq Gardner Actor Ron Livingston and his lawyer may be in the process of showing others how to fight anonymous Internet pranksters.

Patent lawsuit claims Britney Spears is too big

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By Eriq Gardner Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls and the Los Angeles Lakers are such big stars that a company has come to cut down their larger-than-life images. Tags: Litigation Patent Texas-based Large Audience Display Systems has filed a patent infringement.

Bizarre lawsuit claims Dr. Phil held woman captive with naked man

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In a crazy-sounding complaint filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Shirley Dieu. Tags: Celebrity Litigation Television By Eriq Gardner One of the strangest lawsuits we've seen in awhile has been filed against Dr. Phil, claiming he falsely imprisoned and "brainwashed" a California woman.

Voltron: Defender of the lawsuit

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In a suit filed in Los Angeles. Tags: Litigation By Steven Zeitchik Japanese animation property "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" has become the subject of a legal battle between a group of indie producers and a family company that controls the property.

Tupac biopic lawsuit can proceed

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By Eriq Gardner The Los Angeles Superior Court has set a trial date to hear a dispute involving Morgan Creek's plan to make a biopic about the late hip hop superstar Tupac Shakur. Tags: Contracts & Riders Litigation In February, we detailed the lawsuit the.

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

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There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to file litigation. I've previously touched on certain "downsides" to such litigation -- the potential that the litigation will spiral out of control or that the litigation will result in unintended consequences and embarrassing disclosures. million. You can.

Does an indemnification clause really protect you?

Gordon P. Firemark

Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Does an Indemnification Clause really protect you?

Reality show winner sues to claim prize

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In a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Charmel Brown says she was the winner. Tags: Litigation Television By Eriq Gardner For one contestant on a reality show, the race to collect the grand prize hasn't stopped with the last episode.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: DISNEY/PIXAR DEFEAT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: JURY DUTY

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COMMENTARY ON A CITIZEN'S OBLIGATION TO SERVE Last month, I was summoned to jury duty in a not-so-desirable area of Los Angeles County. I was happy to serve and fulfill my obligation. Finally, some day it might be you standing in a courtroom as a litigant, looking for a fair and impartial group of jurors to serve in your case.