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Ryder v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., et al. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight, March 25,...

California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in favor of James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment in idea submission case, finding plaintiff unable to prove that defendants used any of plaintiff’s ideas in...more

4/2/2016 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Discovery Fiduciary Duty Film Industry Fraud Mootness Motion for Sanctions Screenplays Substantially Similar Summary Judgment

Atlantique Productions S.A. v. ION Media Networks Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2016

Ninth Circuit affirms ruling in favor of defendant ION Media Networks on French television producer’s claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel and fraud, finding no contract existed because parties agreed to be...more

4/1/2016 - Appeals Breach of Contract Contract Formation Forum Selection Fraud International Litigation Promissory Estoppel Television Shows

Gilkyson v Disney Enterprises, Inc. - Calif. Appeal Court, 2nd App. District, Div. 7, January 27, 2016

Appellate court finds that claim for breach of contract for contractual royalties brought against Disney by heirs of Terry Gilkyson, songwriter for “The Jungle Book” film, are not time-barred, based on application of...more

2/8/2016 - Breach of Contract Cause of Action Accrual Copyright Declaratory Relief Disney Music Song Lyrics Statute of Limitations

Fourth Age Limited v. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, October 28, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s holding that Warner Bros. can assert counterclaims against estate of J.R.R. Tolkien in action over right to make digital merchandise based on Tolkien’s books, as counterclaims were...more

11/6/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Breach of Contract Contract Disputes Counterclaims Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Declaratory Relief Intellectual Property Litigation Intellectual Property Protection Merchandising Rights Video Games Warner Brothers Entertainment

Shame on You Productions, Inc. v. Banks - USDC, C.D. California, August 14, 2015

Plaintiff Shame on You Productions, Inc., was assigned a screenplay titled “Darci’s Walk of Shame” by its author, Dan Rosen. Shame on You sued defendants, including actress Elizabeth Banks, for copyright infringement and...more

8/20/2015 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Copyright Infringement Dismissals Extrinsic Evidence Intrinsic Test Screenplays Substantially Similar

16 Casa Duse, LLC v. Merkin - USCA, Second Circuit, June 29, 2015

In matter of first impression, Second Circuit affirms ruling that director does not own copyright interest in film that he directed, because his creative contributions were inseparable from and integrated into...more

7/10/2015 - Breach of Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Film Industry First Impression Motion for Summary Judgment Preliminary Injunctions Sanctions The Copyright Act Tortious Interference TRO Work-For-Hire

Counts v. Meriwether - USDC, C.D. California, June 12, 2015

District court dismisses breach of contract and conversion claims in lawsuit brought by two screenwriters who alleged defendants used script to create television series "New Girl," holding breach of contract claim was...more

6/19/2015 - Breach of Contract Conversion Equitable Tolling Preemption Screenplays Screenwriters Television Shows The Copyright Act

Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, April 15, 2015

Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, April 15, 2015 - Ninth Circuit panel summarily affirms award of summary judgment in favor of James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, rejecting...more

4/24/2015 - Breach of Contract Entertainment Industry Film Industry Summary Judgment

Gerritsen v. Warner Bros. Entertainment - USDC, C.D. California, January 30, 2015

District court dismisses breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims against Warner Bros. based on Oscar-winning motion picture Gravity, holding that plaintiff Terry Gerritsen, author of novel by same name, failed to...more

2/13/2015 - Authorship Breach of Contract Movies Screenplays Warner Brothers Entertainment

Rhoads v. Margolis - Cal. App. 2d, January 26, 2015

In lawsuit brought by family of guitarist Randy Rhoads against writer and publisher of his biography, California appellate court affirms lower court denial of anti-SLAPP motion as it relates to family's breach of contract...more

2/6/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Assignments Breach of Contract Fraud Invasion of Privacy License Agreements Misappropriation Movies Publishers Right of Publicity Television Shows Unfair Competition

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015 - District court grants in part and denies in part cross-motions for summary judgment, finding that Supreme Court’s recent Aereo...more

1/30/2015 - ABC v Aereo Breach of Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Cross Motions Dish Network Fox Broadcasting Summary Judgment

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC - USDC, S.D. Florida, August 20, 2014 - District court grants defendant BET summary judgment in suit brought by creator of Facebook Fan Page that promoted BET...more

8/29/2014 - Breach of Contract Contract Disputes Facebook Television Programming Television Shows Twitter

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc.

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc. - USDC, W.D. Wa., July 17, 2014 - District court grants default judgment in copyright action and awards $50,000 in statutory damages against defendant publishers per book...more

7/25/2014 - Books Breach of Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Publishing Copyrights

Queen v. Schultz

Queen v. Schultz - USCA, D.C. Circuit, April 4, 2014 - Defendant Ed Schultz is a radio and television personality currently hosting “The Ed Show” on the MSNBC network. Plaintiff Michael Queen is an NBC employee who...more

4/18/2014 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Business Litigation Independent Contractors NBC Partnerships Summary Judgment Television Shows Tortious Interference

Duffey v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Duffey v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. - USDC S.D.N.Y., March 27, 2014 - District court dismisses false endorsement and breach of contract suit brought by actor in film Office Space, finding that actor had...more

4/4/2014 - Breach of Contract False Endorsements Lanham Act Merchandising Rights

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2014: Fox Broadcasting...

Ninth Circuit issues amended opinion affirming denial of plaintiff broadcasting companies’ motion for preliminary injunction against Dish Network over Dish Network’s network television recording product, finding that...more

2/11/2014 - Breach of Contract Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Dish Network Entertainment Industry Motion Picture Industry

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- June 27, 2013

Dillon v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC, USDC, C.D. California, June 18, 2013 - District court denies defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim for copyright infringement involving reality television series “Stars Earn...more

6/28/2013 - Breach of Contract Copyright Infringement Motion Picture Industry Motion to Dismiss NBC

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - May 10, 2013

Dunn v. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., California Court of Appeal, April 30, 2013 (unpublished opinion) - California Court of Appeal affirms judgment in favor of defendant DreamWorks Animation on plaintiff’s breach of...more

5/10/2013 - Breach of Contract Jury Instructions Jury Trial Movies Substantially Similar

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 4, 2013

In This Issue: - Washington Shoe Co. v. A-Z Sporting Goods, Inc., USCA Ninth Circuit, December 17, 2012: Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of copyright infringement action by Washington-based shoe manufacturer...more

1/7/2013 - Assignments Breach of Contract Broadcasting Copyright Infringement Licenses Personal Jurisdiction Standing

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 12, 2012

In This Issue: Celador Int’l Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., USCA Ninth Circuit, December 3, 2012 (unpublished opinion): Ninth Circuit upholds $269 million jury award against ABC and other Disney...more

12/13/2012 - Breach of Contract Discovery Motion to Compel

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