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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.

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.

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.

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

Now Matt Dillon is suing for 'Crash' profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Is "Crash" the most-litigated movie in Hollywood history? In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior. Tags: Accounting Litigation Now actor Matt Dillon has become the latest to sue over profits from the 2006 best picture Oscar winner.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Angelyne sues City of Los Angeles for not delivering fan mail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Litigation

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

LAWSUIT TARGETS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR'.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

LAWSUIT TARGETS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR. NELSON’S ALLEGATIONS. Whether such matters can be proven is another matter.

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.

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?

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: DISNEY/PIXAR DEFEAT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: JURY DUTY

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. For a trial lawyer, serving on a jury -- and even just appearing for jury duty and being a part of a jury pool -- is educational.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: STUDIOS SETTLE "WATCHMEN" LITIGATION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

FOX AND WARNER BROTHERS COME TO AN APPARENT AGREEMENT ON UPCOMING TENTPOLE FILM In a filing with the United States District Court in Los Angeles yesterday, Fox and Warner Bros. So it should come as no surprise that the studios decided to settle the case before they had to litigate the injunction in court. I'll say one thing.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE BRATZ BEAT BACK BARBIE ON APPEAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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: "WATCHMEN" SETTLEMENT UPDATE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

over the "Watchmen" movie have been reported since my post yesterday on the end of the litigation between the studios. FOX REPORTEDLY GETS MONEY FROM, BUT NO RIGHTS IN, THE FILM The Los Angeles Times reported today that the settlement claim provides that Fox will receive $1.5 Fox will not be a co-distributor.

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: JURY DUTY

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE BRATZ BEAT BACK BARBIE ON APPEAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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: DISNEY/PIXAR DEFEAT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

STUDIO WINS ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION RELATING TO “CARS” FRANCHISE. The studios behind the “Cars” motion picture franchise ended their July with a bang — winning their litigation in Los Angeles federal court over the creation of the franchise. THE FACTS. TAKEAWAYS. That’s my $.02

“Tinseltown” doesn’t just mean Hollywood anymore.

Gordon P. Firemark

The clothing company appealed, and last month, the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board rendered its ruling in favor of the proposed registration.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: SUNDANCE FILM "PUSH" SPARKS MULTIPLE LAWSUITS OVER FILM RIGHTS

Entertainment Litigation Blog

And now, "Push" has spawned dueling lawsuits in New York and Los Angeles filed by the two suitors for North American distribution rights, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Lionsgate. BATTLE OVER THIS YEAR'S SUNDANCE FESTIVAL PHENOM REVIVES AGE OLD QUESTION: WHEN IS A DEAL CONSIDERED A DEAL? So the deal was done, right? Not so fast.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: KEANU REEVES WINS TRIAL AGAINST PAPARAZZI

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JURY REJECTS PHOTOGRAPHER'S CLAIM THAT REEVES RAN HIM OVER WITH HIS PORSCHE A Los Angeles Superior Court jury cleared actor Keanu Reeves of any wrongdoing in an entertainment litigation filed by a photographer who claimed that Reeves ran him over with his Porsche. The wealthy and famous are already viewed as easy targets.

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: HOWARD K. STERN'S DEFAMATION CLAIM SURVIVES SUMMARY JUDGMENT

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NY FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT ALLEGEDLY DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS ABOUT ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S ATTORNEY/COMPANION SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO A JURY Last Wednesday, on August 12, 2009, a federal district court judge in New York ruled that the defamation case filed by Anna Nicole Smith's former attorney and companion, Howard K. Legal Decisions

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: FEDERAL COURT HANDS REPUBLICANS ANOTHER LOSS

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Browne sued in federal court in Los Angeles, and the RNC filed a special motion to strike under California's anti-SLAPP statute over Browne's right of publicity claim. No one "cleared" the song -- i.e. obtain a proper license -- to use in the commercial. The RNC challenged only one of Browne's claims -- his right of publicity claim.

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Episode 48 – Google wins some, loses some, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

Google) settles after 7 Years of litigation. Dumb Starbucks Coffee Shop Opens in Los Feliz. The YouTube case (Viacom v. link]. link].

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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.

Entertainment Law Update – Episode 29

Gordon P. Firemark

More music sale vs. license litigation. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: 360 Deals and the Talent Agencies Act.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: DISNEY LOSES TRIAL REGARDING PROFITS FROM "THE PATRIOT"

Entertainment Litigation Blog

STUDIO'S HOME VIDEO ARM ORDERED TO PAY OVER $6 MILLION TO CREDITORS OF PRODUCTION COMPANY A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) breached its US video distribution agreement for the motion picture The Patriot when it deducted millions of dollars in alleged distribution costs.

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Infringement of Minors' New York Right of Publicity by Facebook "Like" and "Friend Finder" Features

New Media and Technology Law

The issue of a minor’s capacity to assent to such terms has been litigated rarely and not definitively addressed in the online context. Los Angeles Cty) (raising similar claims as to a minor user of Facebook). J.N. v. Facebook, Inc., No. David Cohen v. Facebook, Inc., No. BC 444482 (Cal. Super Ct., See also Meth v. Super.

No California love for Morgan Creek in Tupac litigation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Litigation

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ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: HOWARD K. STERN'S DEFAMATION CLAIM SURVIVES SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

The issues are complicated, and litigating them requires substantial resources -- on both sides. Stern, against the publisher and author of the book "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death" should proceed to trial against the author, MSNBC investigative reporter, Rita Cosby.

My appearance on Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m very pleased to have appeared  on the prestigious  Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast on the  Legal Talk Network with host  Robert Ambrogi.