Jury Hears ABC's Diane Sawyer Call "Pink Slime" a "True Description" of Beef Product

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A multibillion dollar defamation trial against ABC has entered its second week with jurors hearing from network employees. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

ABC Hit With Copyright Suit Over Paparazzo's Anthony Weiner Video

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A photographer says his 2013 video of Anthony Weiner was used by ABC without his permission. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Marketing Expert Testifies ABC's "Pink Slime" Reports Influenced Negative Perceptions

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From "fake news" to "fake meat," the huge defamation trial continues in South Dakota. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Disney Discloses $177 Million Settlement in Aftermath of ABC's "Pink Slime" Trial

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Beef Products Inc. had been demanding billions until a defamation trial abruptly ended in late June. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

CBS Files Amended Lawsuit Against ABC's 'Glass House'

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The "Big Brother" network commits to keep the fight going with a new court filing despite a judge denying initial efforts to shut the ABC series down. Television Television Business ABC CBS Big Brother The Glass House

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Is ABC's 'Wipeout' a Rip-Off? (Analysis)

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Television Television ABCMatthew Belloni After mediation fails, a copyright case -- in which the series is accused of copying original elements of six Japanese shows, including "Takeshi's Castle" and "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge" -- is headed to a key hearing. read more. THR, Esq.

ABC's 'Glass House' Producer Grilled in 7-Hour Deposition About 'Big Brother'

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CBS is making several key moves in its legal fight to stop ABC's strangers-living-together reality competition from airing. Television Television ABC CBS Big Brother

CBS Gets Revenge on ABC by Revealing New 'Dancing on the Stars' Reality Show

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Television Television Business ABC CBS Big Brother Dancing with the StarsAfter losing a legal motion to stop "The Glass House," CBS jokes that moderately famous contestants will soon dance on the graves of Hollywood icons. read more. THR, Esq.

ABC News Headed to Trial With Billions of Dollars on the Line

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A South Dakota judge decides that a meat producer could show reckless disregard for the truth in a report about "pink slime." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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ABC Fires Back at CBS Lawsuit Over 'Big Brother'-Type Reality Show

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Matthew Belloni "Even CBS must realize it cannot copyright the idea of 14 contestants living in a house rigged with cameras," the ABC court papers argue. Television Television ABC CBS Big Brother

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'Desperate Housewives' Trial: ABC Lawyer Says 'No Settlement'

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Alex Ben Block "The judge asked the two parties to talk," says ABC lead lawyer Adam Levin. "It Television Television ABC Marc Cherry Nicollette Sheridan Desperate HousewivesIt went nowhere. I'm going to take another yoga class. Have a nice weekend." read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

ABC Looks to Kill 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit, Saying It's a Threat to Free Speech

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Television ABC Diane Sawyer ABC News BusinessNetwork lawyers are bringing a motion to dismiss, warning a judge that the 257-page pleading by a South Dakota-based boneless-lean-beef giant is filled with a slime against the First Amendment. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

ABC Grills Beef Expert at "Pink Slime" Trial

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In a massive defamation case against the network, food scientists break down the makings of "lean finely textured beef." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Surprise Witness Suggests ABC Deleted Sheridan Emails

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Television Television ABC Marc Cherry Nicolette Sheridan Desperate HousewivesAlex Ben Block Michael R. Reinhart, a construction coordinator on the Marc Cherry-created series for all eight seasons, said he was "disturbed" by an email he saw but immediately erased it and tried to forget it.

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Nicollette Sheridan Vs. ABC: 'Desperate Housewives' Wrongful Termination Trial Begins

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Dish Fires Back at TV Networks in Ad-Skipping Lawsuit; Is ABC About to Countersue?

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The Business Television Business ABC Dish NetworkThe war of words continues as the parties are now fighting over New York vs. California as the forum for dispute. read more. THR, Esq.

CBS Continues Attack on ABC's 'Glass House' in New Court Filing

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ABC's opposition to TRO draws objection from 'Big Brother' network CBS. The Business Television Business ABC CBS Big Brotherread more. THR, Esq.

ABC Files Detailed Opposition to CBS Request for 'Glass House' Injunction

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Television Television ABC CBS Big BrotherUPDATED: The move is the latest legal volley over the upcoming reality series, which CBS claims is too similar to "Big Brother." read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Judge Denies Restraining Order Against ABC's 'Glass House'

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District Court Judge Gary Feess decided not to issue a temporary restraining order against the upcoming ABC reality series, which will air June 18 as planned. Television Television ABC CBSIn a packed federal courthouse Friday, U.S. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

ABC's 'The Bachelor' to Be Sued for Racial Discrimination

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Eriq Gardner The lawsuit to be filed tomorrow will object to 23 seasons without a Bachelor or Bachelorette of color on the popular reality series. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business The Bachelor

ABC News Suffers Setback in 'Pink Slime' Defamation Lawsuit

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Television ABC News Business A federal judge resists the network''s urging to analyze the merits of claims and instead throws it to a state court for further examination. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

ABC Confronts Beef Company's Lawyer With Rush Limbaugh's "Pink Slime" Commentary

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Facing a multi-billion dollar defamation claim, the network also gets the plaintiff to admit to creating Wikipedia's "pink slime" page. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Judge: ABC's '20/20,' Chris Cuomo Likely to Lose Libel Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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David Williams, presented as an Internet predator, has "adequately demonstrated that ABC failed to use reasonable care in determining the truth or falsity of the statements before publishing them."

Lawsuit Claims ABC Family Ripped Off Idea For Christmas TV Movie

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In 2011, they say an almost identical idea showed up in an ABC Family movie. ABC Family THR, Esq. Two producers say they pitched a story concept in 2005 and provided a treatment, but it was killed. read more. Television

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Sheridan's Lawyer Presses ABC Conspiracy Theory

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Alex Ben Block Former "Housewives" writer Jeff Greenstein and former head of human resources at Touchstone studio Lynn Volk testified Friday. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives Trial

CBS Lawyers Threaten ABC Over 'Big Brother'-Type Show 'Glass House'

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Matthew Belloni In a cease-and-desist letter sent Friday to top ABC executives Anne Sweeney and Alan Braverman and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, CBS says Life in a Glass House is "strikingly" similar to Big Brother.

'General Hospital' Lawsuit Claims ABC Shortchanged Creators

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Matthew Belloni The heirs of the soap opera's creators are suing the network, claiming they were stiffed on revenue from TV's longest-running daytime drama. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

CBS Demands ABC Hand Over Tons of Internal 'Glass House' Documents

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"Big Brother" network has filed a whopping discovery request as ABC urges the judge to reject the "onerous" demands for emails, episode outlines and Twitter messages.

CBS Claims ABC's Show "Life In a Glass House" Violates "Big Brother" Copyright

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From The Hollywood Reporter: CBS is alleging that ABC's new show "Life in a Glass House," whose producers are "Big Brother" alums, is alarmingly like CBS's hit "Big Brother," and CBS plans to "pursue all available remedies" if ABC continues

'Housewives' Trial: ABC Lawyer Calls Sheridan 'Desperate' in Closing Argument

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Alex Ben Block "A word has been on my mind and that word is 'desperate,' " ABC lead lawyer Adam Levin told the jury of Sheridan's case. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Nicolette Sheridan Desperate Housewives

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CBS Says 'Glass House' Web Stream Proves It's a 'Big Brother' Copycat

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Jeff Rovin gives a supplemental declaration after seeing ABC's new strangers-living-together show. The Business Home ABC CBS Big Brother The Glass Houseread more. THR, Esq.

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Now it's a fight! ABC lawyers up, seeks Nicollette Sheridan deposition

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By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: ABC is going on the offensive against fired "Desperate Housewives" co-star Nicollette Sheridan, hiring a litigator, noticing her deposition and taking the first steps toward forcing Sheridan and her reps to turn over private documents in.

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Soaps Producer Ramps Up ABC Lawsuit: 'Mega Soap' Fraud Scheme Alleged

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New legal papers allege that ABC schemed to sign secret deals with soap opera actors and ruined "One Life to Live" and "All My Children." read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television

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CBS Allowed to Pursue 'Glass House' Producers in Arbitration (Exclusive)

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Big Brother Television CBS ABC BusinessA judge has dismissed a demand that the network be enjoined from arbitrating claims that ex-'Big Brother' producers violated trade secrets by creating an alleged copycat show. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Sheridan Lawyer Hammers ABC in Closing Argument

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Alex Ben Block "Everyone at Touchstone was in the loop helping orchestrate the record," Baute tells the jury. The got together to create a record of justifiable firing." read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television

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Appeals Court Calls Off 'Desperate Housewives' Retrial (Exclusive)

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In a big setback for Nicollette Sheridan, a court of appeals has ruled that the actress' lawsuit against Touchstone Television over her firing from ABC's 'Housewives' likely should have been resolved in favor of Touchstone. Television Television ABC Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives

Hollywood Docket: 'Gronking to Remember' Ruling; ABC Escapes Death on Television Lawsuit

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Some developments in entertainment and media law news including the latest concerning the importation of infringing digital files. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

CBS Filing for Emergency Injunction to Stop ABC's 'Glass House'

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UPDATED: The Big Brother network is seeking a temporary restraining order against the alleged knockoff series read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Nicollette Sheridan, ABC Back in Court as Judge Considers Retrial of 'Housewives' Case

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Alex Ben Block After the fired actress' first trial ended in a hung jury, the two sides head to court Wednesday in her case seeking $5.7 million. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives Trial Desperate Housewives

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CBS Lawyer Vows to Press 'Glass House' Case Despite Setback

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Television Television ABC CBS“This comes down to whether there is going to be any copyright protection for reality television,” CBS litigator Scott Edelman tells The Hollywood Reporter. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.