2010

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

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JUDGES, ACADEMICS AND PRACTICING LAWYERS GATHER FOR YEARLY CONFERENCE The 2010 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference took place last week in Maui, Hawaii with United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the keynote speaker.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

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JUDGES, ACADEMICS AND PRACTICING LAWYERS GATHER FOR YEARLY CONFERENCE The 2010 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference took place last week in Maui, Hawaii with United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the keynote speaker.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: REPRESENTING THE UNPOPULAR CLIENT

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WHEN DOES A LAWYER GET TO DITCH A CLIENT Mel Gibson's recent diatribes -- lending credence to the widely held view that he's a racist and abuser of women -- provoke an old but interesting debate about lawyers' duties to clients and when a lawyer can "fire" a client.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: REPRESENTING THE UNPOPULAR CLIENT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

WHEN DOES A LAWYER GET TO DITCH A CLIENT Mel Gibson's recent diatribes -- lending credence to the widely held view that he's a racist and abuser of women -- provoke an old but interesting debate about lawyers' duties to clients and when a lawyer can "fire" a client.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE BRATZ BEAT BACK BARBIE ON APPEAL

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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. It was gruesome research watching all these films. 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. However, the past week -- an historic one for the Filipino and Asian American legal community -- was consumed by the confirmation process for California Court of Appeal Associate Justice Tani G.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. However, the past week -- an historic one for the Filipino and Asian American legal community -- was consumed by the confirmation process for California Court of Appeal Associate Justice Tani G.

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. A client comes to the lawyer with a problem -- the lawyer learns all of the facts and charts the course to a solution -- and both are on the same page as they work together towards the resolution of the problem.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. A client comes to the lawyer with a problem -- the lawyer learns all of the facts and charts the course to a solution -- and both are on the same page as they work together towards the resolution of the problem.

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. Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Court of Appeal has been tapped to become California's first Filipino-American Supreme Court justice and the first Asian American woman to head any state supreme court.

FILIPINA JUSTICE NOMINATED TO HEAD CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Court of Appeal has been tapped to become California's first Filipino-American Supreme Court justice and the first Asian American woman to head any state supreme court.

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. Instead, Lohan has made the news by filing a $100 million lawsuit against the online stock trading company, E*Trade, over their "milkaholic" baby girlfriend commercial.

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. So those of us who live in the "tape delayed" part of NBC's coverage map have a choice: (a) cease using communication devices and social media to avoid learning of results; or (b) watching the television coverage in spite of knowing the result.

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA: DELAYED TELEVISION COVERAGE OF OLYMPICS

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. So those of us who live in the "tape delayed" part of NBC's coverage map have a choice: (a) cease using communication devices and social media to avoid learning of results; or (b) watching the television coverage in spite of knowing the result.

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'Loser' Labor Standoff

Digital Media Law

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. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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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

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

Viacom Hires Superstar Lawyer to Handle YouTube Appeal

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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 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.

Stephen Baldwin Sues Kevin Costner in BP Oil Spill Investment Drama

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Eriq Gardner Costner alleged to have tricked Baldwin and another individual into giving up their interest in technology sold to BP to clean up the oil spill. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Rolling Stone Publisher Hit With Class Action Over Text Message Marketing

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Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Just as Wenner Media puts one lawsuit to bed, another pops up. read more. The Business Business

New House Judiciary Chaiman Smith vows to protect IP

Copyrights & Campaigns

Lamar Smith (R-TX), currently the ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that he will serve as chairman in the next Congress. And he made clear that he will continue the committee's strong support for intellectual property rights: As Chairman of the Committee, I will focus on efforts to strengthen national security, protect intellectual property, prevent frivolous lawsuits and keep children safe from Internet sex predators.

Merry Merry!

Gordon P. Firemark

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Time for a Revolt against the TSA

The Legal Satyricon

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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Will Supreme Court Hear Eminem Royalties Case?

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Eriq Gardner Record labels ask the Supremes to take a case concerning how royalties are calculated on digital music downloads. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Eminem Universal Music Group

Hollywood Docket: Phil Spector Sued By the Ronettes

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news including a SAG investigation, a legal warning by the Michael Jackson estate, and a FCC hearing. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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'The View's' Elisabeth Hasselbeck Wins Plagiarism Lawsuit

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Lindsay Powers The ABC co-host was accused of ripping passages from another author for a book on a digestive disorder. read more. THR, Esq. Television Home Television The View

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Record Labels Dismiss Lawsuit Against Porn Company

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Eriq Gardner RK Netmedia was accused of featuring sex acts set to popular music. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

'Walking Dead' Tops Most Pirated TV Show List

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Eriq Gardner Two individuals are being investigated for hacking into the computers of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Ke$ha. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Music Tech

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Former 'Dora the Explorer' Settles Lawsuit Against Nickelodeon

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Eriq Gardner 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez had alleged she was forced to sign an "unconscionable" contract and that she was cut out of promised compensation. read more. THR, Esq. Television Home Television

EXCLUSIVE: New Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Truth Behind 'Catfish'

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Eriq Gardner Is 'Catfish' real or the best fake documentary ever? Here's the clue that might unravel the mystery. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Another Lawsuit Targets Film With Same Title

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Eriq Gardner Blixa Films accuses Thrillhouse Prods of using the title 'East of Sunset' to describe a music-themed film. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Patent Lawsuit Targets Pretty Much Everyone in Hollywood

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Eriq Gardner Thirty studios have been sued by patent-holding company. read more. Tech Tech

Hollywood Docket: Fox Sues Over 'Sons of Anarchy' Biker Clothes

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THR staff Plus, 20th Century Fox sues maker of motorcycle clothing for infringing Sons of Anarchy trademark. read more. The Business Business

Donny & Marie Osmond Settle Lawsuit With Producer

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Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: A month after a producer accused Osmonds of fraud to support a lavish lifestyle, the matter is resolved. read more. Music Music

Appeals court reignites Lisa Kudrow management commissions case

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Eriq Gardner A California appeals court has breathed life into a claim by Lisa Kudrow's former manager that the 'Friends' star owes commissions. read more. Television Television Business

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Sued Over Upcoming Celebrity Prank Show

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Eriq Gardner New reality series sparks transatlantic copyright fight. read more. Television Television Business THR exclusive

Cablevision Customers File $450 million Class Action Lawsuit

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Eriq Gardner Plaintiffs also want judge to order Cablevision to submit to mandatory dispute resolution in the future. read more. The Business Television Business

Oscar Contender 'The Illusionist' at Center of Trademark War

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Eriq Gardner The rights-holder for the 2006 film, 'The Illusionist,' wants to stop Sony's 'The Illusionist,' due out next month. read more. Movies Movies Business

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