Arbitration in Entertainment Contracts: Worth fighting about?

Gordon P. Firemark

Charlie Sheen ‘s lawyers are fighting hard to have their case against the producers of Two and a half men heard in Court, rather than arbitration. Yesterday, the producers secured a victory on this front, with the Court ordering claims to arbitration under Sheen’s contract. This post will explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration, and my thoughts on why Sheen and Warner Bros. WHAT IS ARBITRATION? WHY ARBITRATE.

Partnership Between Wolters Kluwer and Courtroom Insight Enhances Labor Arbitration Research

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and Courtroom Insight will provide easier access to labor arbitrators’ awards and biographies. From within Courtroom Insight, users are now able to access WK’s database of labor arbitration content, which includes arbitrators’ awards and relevant biographical information.

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Site Cannot Compel Arbitration Based upon Later-Amended Terms without Showing Adequate User Notification of Change

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district court ruled that an eBay user did not assent to a later-added arbitration clause to the user agreement by virtue of a provision that stated eBay could amend the agreement at any time, as the user may not have received sufficient notice of the amendment. eBay moved to compel arbitration based on plaintiff’s assent to the 1999 User Agreement, which did not have an arbitration clause but contained the change-in-terms clause (i.e., A D.C.

Peter Bogdanovich Movie in Arbitration Over Distribution

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The original distributor allegedly couldn't come up with money to fund a wide release with significant advertising. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute over poached agents is very much active — with a recent court decision, a big hearing this month and the introduction of a second arbitrator. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online CAA UTA Representation

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Magician Makes Morals Clause Disappear in $2.6 Million Arbitration Win

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Brett Daniels overcame allegations of sexual harassment and death threats to win a 10 percent fee for 'The Illusionists,' but the magician is still fighting the claim he acted as an unlicensed agent. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Social Media Arbitration Clauses and Fairness

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Koenig, Northeastern University and Michael L> Rustad, Suffolk University Law School, have published Fundamentally Unfair: An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Arbitration Clauses at 65 Case Western Reserve Law Review 341 (2014). Thomas H. Here is the abstract. Our systematic

SCOTUS Plays Soup Nazi: No Class-Wide Arbitration for You!

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A few weeks ago I took a quick look at a friend’s cell-phone contract , and there it was: the dreaded mandatory arbitration clause. You know, the clause hidden inside the fine print that says something along the lines of, “You agree to arbitrate any claim you may have against us rather than pursue it in court.&# Your card agreement probably contains an arbitration clause preventing you from getting into court. Now, lets look at life after arbitration clauses.

Bruce Willis Has $5.9M Arbitration Win Reversed by Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Producer Michael Benaroya is fighting a contract and fraud claim over Willis' services for an aborted film. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

New York State Court Declines to Compel Arbitration, Cites Purported Ambiguities in Mobile Contracting Process

New Media and Technology Law

Last year, the Second Circuit, in the notable Meyer opinion, blessed Uber’s mobile contracting process , but in considering a similar Uber platform, a New York state court late last month declined to compel the arbitration of user claims due to what the court considered an “ambiguous registration process.” ( Ramos v. In response, Uber moved to compel arbitration according to the terms and conditions which included an arbitration clause.

'Bones' Profit Participation Lawsuits Moved to Arbitration

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Barry Josephson, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz won't get an open court forum for allegations they've been cheated out of their share of profits from Fox's longest-running hourlong drama. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Online Terms of Service Accepted by a Minor

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Earlier this month, the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted Epic’s motion to compel individual arbitration of the claims of a putative class action. Second, the plaintiff argued that privacy-related claims were outside the scope of the arbitration provision.

Jeremy Piven is Off The Hook. Fish story satisfies arbitrator.

Gordon P. Firemark

Here’s the story: Arbitrator accepts Jeremy Piven’s sushi explanation–THR, Esq. THR Esq. reports today that Jeremy Piven’s mercury poisoning excuse for leaving the Broadway production of “Speed The Plow&# last season is sufficient, and he’ll not be liable to the producers for breach of contract, or other claims. – Entertainment and Media Law.

Affleck wants harassment case arbitrated

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni Casey Affleck is already moving to squelch those allegations of sexual harassment. The actor/filmmaker, who was sued Friday for sexual harassment by a producer on his upcoming documentary "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix

ArbiLex, A Harvard Law School Legal Tech Startup, Uses AI To Settle Arbitrations

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ArbiLex, A Harvard Law School Legal Tech Startup, Uses AI To Settle Arbitrations Frederick Daso “Legal disputes between two entities vary in complexity and scope. With claims resolved through international arbitration, the outcomes are on the order of millions and billions of dollars.

Arbitrator accepts Jeremy Piven's sushi explanation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner An arbitrator has ruled that Jeremy Piven didn't breach his contract when he bowed out of the play "Speed the Plow" for health-related reasons. The story became an international sensation last year when Piven's health excuse was.

Bruce Willis Confirms $5.9 Million Arbitration Win Over Aborted Film

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The actor earns a ruling entitling him to his paycheck despite cancellation of "Wake." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Harvey Weinstein Contests Termination From The Weinstein Co. in Arbitration

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In new court papers, TWC also stands by Bob Weinstein amid a sexual harassment allegation. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein

Update on the SESAC Royalty Arbitration Proceedings with the Radio and TV Industries

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As we wrote here (television ) and here (radio ), both antitrust cases ended with settlements where SESAC agreed that its rates would be subject to review by an arbitration panel to assure their reasonableness, if voluntary negotiations between the groups representing the industries and SESAC were not successful in arriving at mutually agreeable rates.

CAA Brings Arbitration Claim Against Three Defecting Agents

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Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak and Nick Nuciforo are alleged to have been under contract when they resigned Tuesday to join UTA. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home Business THR Online CAA

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A 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. Big Brother Television CBS ABC Business

Agency Showdown: WME-John Ferriter $25 Million Arbitration Begins

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Lawyers for William Morris Endeavor and its former board member are in a Century City conference room Wednesday for the start of an arbitration over Ferriter’s abrupt 2009 exit from the agency. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business William Morris Endeavor

Charlie Sheen Denied in Effort to Stop Arbitration

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Attorneys for Charlie Sheen were denied this morning by a Santa Monica judge in their effort to stop a private arbitration between the Sheen, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre over the actor's firing from the show. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Charlie Sheen

Jeremy Piven 'Speed the Plow' arbitrator decision revealed

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By Eriq Gardner When we first heard about an arbitrator's decision in August to let Jeremy Piven off the hook for bowing out of the play "Speed the Plow" due to health-related reasons, we assumed the arbitrator had probably grounded.

'Paranormal Activity' Creator Wins Arbitration for Failed Directing Deal

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Oren Peli will collect $500,000 from the producers of 'Stonehearst Asylum.' read more. THR, Esq. Heat Vision Movies Movies Business THR Online Avi Lerner Millennium Films Oren Peli Insidious Insidious: Chapter 3 Paranormal Activity

SESAC Royalties for Commercial Radio Slashed By More Than Half – Both SESAC and RMLC Claim Victory in Arbitration

Broadcast Law Blog

This decision came out of an arbitration process that resulted from the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit that the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) brought against SESAC (see our article here for a summary of the settlement). While the decision of the arbitrators is not public so we can’t know for sure the reasoning behind the result, it might be that there is something to each of these claims.

IFTA PUBLISHES ARBITRATION AWARDS

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

IFTA, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, recently decided to publish summaries of the awards made by its arbitrators from 2007 through 2010. They are posted on its website at: [link] The summaries include the names of the parties, the name of the arbitrator, the date the award was issued and a short summary of the nature of the award. While IFTA administers the arbitration program, the decisions are solely the prerogative of the arbitrator hearing each dispute.

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'Men in Black' Director Barry Sonnenfeld Loses $325,000 Arbitration to UTA (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni The arbitration ruling was confirmed in a court filing Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Barry Sonnenfeld Men in Black III

Unfinished Film Producer Wants Bruce Willis' $5.8M Arbitration Win Overturned

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Wake' shut down after less than a week of filming and Willis was awarded the missing portion of his paycheck. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Paranormal Activity' Creator Wins Arbitration for Failed Directing Deal

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Oren Peli will collect $500,000 from the producers of 'Stonehearst Asylum.' read more. THR, Esq. Heat Vision Movies Movies Business THR Online Avi Lerner Millennium Films Oren Peli Insidious Insidious: Chapter 3 Paranormal Activity

Hollywood's Deflategate? 'Hannah Montana' Creators Fight "Perplexing" Arbitration

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Most disputes in the entertainment industry are handled privately. Some say they've been denied due process. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

CAA Headed to Arbitration Against Agent Dan Aloni

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge ruled Friday that the $5 million dispute is subject to an arbitration clause in his contract read more. The Business Christopher Nolan THR, Esq. Business CAA

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Bergstein's ThinkFilm hit with $1 mil arbitration award

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni An arbitrator has taken a hit out against David Bergstein's ThinkFilm, ordering the embattled distributor to cough up about $1 million in damages to the producers of the 2006 mob drama "10th & Wolf." Producer Suzanne DeLaurentis.

'Godzilla' Studio Denied Arbitration in Producers Dispute

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In a ruling Friday, a Superior Court judge refused to enforce a clause in an unsigned contract with producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davidson read more. Movies THR, Esq. Godzilla (2014) Legendary Pictures

Arbitrator Rules Mayan Prophesy Filmmaker Breached Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Raul Julia-Levy, who claims to be the son of late actor Raul Julia, wished to make a film entitled "Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond." read more. Movies THR, Esq

Supreme Court Rules DirecTV Customers Can't Avoid Arbitration Agreement

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The satellite TV giant wins in a case that had the high court revisiting a 2011 ruling that put federal law above a California rule. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Spotify Challenges Ruling Over "Unconscionable" Way It Forces Users Into Arbitration

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The streaming company is facing a proposed class action over claims it automatically renews subscriptions without proper notice and consent. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Judge Sends Charlie Sheen and Ex Brett Rossi to Arbitration

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Rossi is suing Sheen for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

IFTA PUBLISHES ARBITRATION AWARDS

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

IFTA, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, recently decided to publish summaries of the awards made by its arbitrators from 2007 through 2010. They are posted on its website at: [link] The summaries include the names of the parties, the name of the arbitrator, the date the award was issued and a short summary of the nature of the award. While IFTA administers the arbitration program, the decisions are solely the prerogative of the arbitrator hearing each dispute.

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Hollywood Docket: Kardashians Can't Compel Arbitration in Khroma Beauty Lawsuit

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Plus, a lawsuit resulting from the massive public release of Sony's hacked emails moves behind closed doors. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Viacom Owes Additional $383 Million in 'Rock Band' Video Game Dispute, Arbitrators Say

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Paul Bond The media conglomerate sues to overturn the recommendation of accountant-arbitrators, who say former shareholders of Harmonix were shafted. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business Activision Blizzard The Beatles Viacom

Fox News Wants "Opportunist" Andrea Tantaros' Lawsuit in Arbitration

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Under fire for how it treated the former host, the cable news network tells a judge that her allegations about sexual harassment "are a smokescreen to obscure her violation of her employment contract." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television THR Online

Glenn Beck loses 'raped and murdered' arbitration

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By Eriq Gardner Fox News' Glenn Beck has lost a claim that a website called glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com was registered in bad faith and in violation of his trademark rights. The website was founded by Isaac Eiland-Hall earlier this year in response.