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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

NBA TEAM SEEKS TO STIFLE SUPERFAN AND STOP USE OF "CLIPPER" MARK With the arrival of new star players Chris Paul and deAndre Jordan, coinciding with the continued rise of mega-star Blake Griffin, the once hapless Los Angeles Clippers have a new identity ("Lob City") and a rekindled fan base.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

With the arrival of new star players Chris Paul and deAndre Jordan, coinciding with the continued rise of mega-star Blake Griffin, the once hapless Los Angeles Clippers have a new identity (“Lob City”) and a rekindled fan base.

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

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

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Angelyne sues City of Los Angeles for not delivering fan mail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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 Ben has worked as Senior Counsel, Content Protection Litigation at Twentieth Century Fox, as Litigation Counsel in the NBC Universal Television Group, and as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Plus, UCLA fans had to endure the indignity of having to attend most “home” games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, an arena which cross-town rival USC abandoned years ago, while the Bruins’ home arena, Pauley Pavilion, underwent major renovations.

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 unwillingness to make a decision — either way — contributes to the tremendously high cost of litigation.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Plus, UCLA fans had to endure the indignity of having to attend most "home" games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, an arena which cross-town rival USC abandoned years ago, while the Bruins' home arena, Pauley Pavilion, underwent major renovations.

7 big benefits of registering your copyrights early.

Gordon P. Firemark

These benefits are, in fact, so significant, that we recommend content owners establish a practice of registering copyrights, long before any infringement occurs or litigation is anticipated. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Does an indemnification clause really protect you?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this short article, I’ll explain why having an indemnification clause in your contract may have little impact on your situation should you find yourself in litigation of third-party claims. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

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.

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. However, some people seemingly will go to great lengths to avoid jury service.

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. I was asked to comment on the dispute for the Los Angeles Times in a story penned by John Horn in November 2008. However, in this litigation, Fox was in the process of seeking a permanent injunction to block the movie's release, which the court was scheduled to hear next week, on January 20.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

However, in my opinion, the judicial conference provides a tremendous opportunity for social interactions among judges, lawyers and professors -- particularly for those who practice in a large, diverse jurisdiction like Los Angeles. Everyone knew everyone else -- even in Los Angeles.

“Tinseltown” doesn’t just mean Hollywood anymore.

Gordon P. Firemark

That tribunal noted that, in addition to the dictionary definition for “Tinseltown”, which refers to the area of Los Angeles where the major.

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 SETTLEMENT PROMPTED BY CHRISTMAS EVE RULING Certain details of the settlement between Fox and Warner Bros.

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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. 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. 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: 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. Judge Larson is now in private practice in Los Angeles.

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.) 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.

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. A few weeks ago, pop-up store, Dumb Starbucks Coffee, appeared in Los Feliz. Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online.

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Entertainment Law Update – Episode 29

Gordon P. Firemark

More music sale vs. license litigation. Our Guest: Erin Jacobson practices in Los Angeles, California where she represents musicians, songwriters, producers, companies, and other entertainment professionals. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231.

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. THE EVENTFUL DAYS FOLLOWING SUNDANCE All of the events giving rise to TWC's lawsuits in New York and Lionsgate's lawsuit in Los Angeles happened in the few days following the end of the Sundance Film Festival.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: KEANU REEVES WINS TRIAL AGAINST PAPARAZZI

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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 Reeves case is interesting -- not because a jury found in Reeves' favor -- but because entertainment litigations filed against celebrities of Reeves' stature rarely go to trial.

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), alleges claims under California Civil Code § 3344 (requiring parental consent for the use of a minor’s persona in advertising), the California Constitution, Art. Los Angeles Cty) (raising similar claims as to a minor user of Facebook).

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No California love for Morgan Creek in Tupac litigation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Morgan Creek first filed a lawsuit last month in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that Amaru, which controls the Tupac estate, backed out of a done deal to sell life rights for a biopic about the slain rapper-actor. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni.

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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Cosby wrote among other things that (a) Smith caught Stern and Birkhead having oral sex with each other at a party in Los Angeles, (b) Smith remarked that Stern was gay, (c) Smith watched a sex tape of Stern and Birkhead on a regular basis as witnessed by her nannies, (d) Stern regularly "pimped" out Smith to others to have sex with and (e) Stern played a role in Smith's death.

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.

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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. Unfortunately, disputes between lawyers and clients are not unusual -- many result in litigation over clients failing to pay bills or lawyers' performance.

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. After years of complicated litigation, BVHE was ordered to pay over $6 million. Litigation over movie profits is complex and difficult.

My appearance on Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

Gordon P. Firemark

Attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes Gordon Firemark, an entertainment and new media lawyer in Los Angeles, to take a look at entertainment litigation and working with a celebrity.

Texas Trademark Lawyer Tamera Bennett on Small Business Trademark Disputes

Current Trends

If the business name or mark is being infringed upon, Los Angeles-based attorney Konrad Trope warned small business owners to “put the infringer on notice to “cease and desist” and collect evidence of first use and infringement.”. Trademark trademark litigation trademark registration UncategorizedDallas-area based trademark attorney Tamera Bennett was interviewed and quoted in an article from Fox Business Small Business Center on selecting and defending a trademark.