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Eggleston v. Daniels - USDC, E.D. Michigan, August 16, 2016

District court refused to dismiss infringement claims alleging creators of TV show “Empire” copied Cookie Lyon character from plaintiff’s memoir, concluding, among other things, that stories with female, African-American...more

Making Sense of the Peter Doig Trial and the Authentication Fallout

As was reported in detail by the New York Times and others earlier this week, artist Peter Doig prevailed in what most agree was the strangest art related trial in many years. In a nutshell, Doig was accused by a former...more

Mayimba Music Inc. v. Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC - USDC, S.D. New York, June 9, 2016

District court awards defendants $400,000 in legal fees in copyright infringement suit over Shakira’s hit song “Loca,” in which plaintiff’s claims were shown to be based on fabricated evidence. In 2012, Mayimba Music...more

California Court Gives Two Thumbs Down and Voids Non-Compete in Actor’s Agreement

Seyfarth Synopsis: Limitation on an actor’s ability to work in certain films struck down as an unlawful restraint of trade. California, mecca of the film and media production industries in the U.S., is notorious for...more

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

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

Second Circuit Tosses Out Time-Barred Copyright Claims Against Jay Z

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a New York judge’s decision to dismiss federal copyright and state tort law claims alleged against the hip-hop icon, Jay Z, and his affiliated companies. Mahan v. ROC...more

The Gloves Are Off: Competing Biopics Battle For Hollywood Purse

Hollywood’s heavy-hitters often enter the ring over unauthorized biographies. Elizabeth Taylor famously invoked her rights of publicity and privacy in an attempt to shut down an unofficial docudrama about her life; Clint...more

He’s got 99 Problems, But a Breach Might Be One

In the wake of 2016, Jay-Z faces an $18 million lawsuit for his failure to publicly appear and promote his signature fragrance line, as he was contractually obligated. 2009 marked the start of a budding licensing relationship...more

Chris Correa Isn’t Billy Beane and This Isn’t Moneyball

The lights going on and off within the head of former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa were once probably flickering more actively than the lights inside of The Staples Center just before the Los Angeles...more

State Law Claims Suffer “Awfully Big Adventure”: New York Court Finds Federal Copyright Preemption in Dispute over Peter Pan...

On June 8, 2015, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice eight of twelve state law claims brought by a producer seeking damages for the purportedly unauthorized use of his music in a world-wide production...more

Connecticut Court Possesses Personal Jurisdiction Over “Demonologist” Publisher

In the District of Connecticut, an out of state publisher with no alleged direct contacts with Connecticut recently lost its bid to have a case against it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Gerald Brittle sued...more

The UNC Former Student-Athletes’ Litigation: The Defense Enters the Field

We wrote last month about the lawsuit filed against the University of North Carolina and the NCAA by former UNC student-athletes Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsey....more

Update on Athletes’ 75-1.1 Lawsuits Against UNC

Last November, we posted on the putative class action that former UNC football player Michael McAdoo has filed against UNC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. ...more

Is It Worth It For Plaintiffs' Counsel To Gamble On Merger Class Actions in North Carolina?

I hadn't written anything yet about the multiple shareholder actions challenging the merger of PokerTek -- a developer and distributor of electronic table (gambling) games -- with Multimedia Games -- another developer and...more

Forged artwork case illustrates proportionate liability

In McBride v Christie’s Australia Pty Limited [2014] NSWSC 172, the Plaintiff purchased a painting at an auction held by Christie’s Australia Pty Limited (“Christie’s”) through a bidding agent, Vivienne Sharpe. The vendor of...more

Section 75-1.1 Stars in New Putative Class Action Against UNC

Last Thursday, former UNC football player Michael McAdoo filed a putative class action against UNC-Chapel Hill. This federal complaint has already received extensive publicity. The publicity, though, has overlooked the...more

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

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

No Harm Allegations Run "Fowl" for New York Poultrygeist Suit

Simply alleging economic losses suffered in the state where its business was located was insufficient for a producer to bring intellectual-property claims resulting from unlicensed foreign distribution of the spoof-horror...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

CERTIFICATE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Chad Elie California

[Docket Text] CERTIFICATE of Interested Parties filed by Chad Elie that identifies all parties that have an interest in the outcome of this case. . (Chattah, Sigal) (Entered: 05/22/2013)...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS [re Removal of Civil Action to USDC]Nevada

[Docket Text] MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS of the Honorable Judge James C. Mahan, on 5/21/2013. Statement regarding removed action is due by 6/8/2013. Joint Status Report regarding removed action is due by 6/23/2013. (Copies have...more

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

Notice of Removal of Action to USDC District of Nevada by DefendantsNevada

[Docket Text] PETITION FOR REMOVAL from Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Case Number A-13-679951-C, (Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0978-2825493), filed by Alain Jeffery Ifrah, Ifrah PLLC. Certificate of...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - May 3, 2013

- Cariou v. Prince, USCA Second Circuit, April 25, 2013 - Second Circuit reverses summary judgment in favor of photographer on his infringement claims against well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince, holding...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Gibson Guitar Corp. v. Viacom International, Inc., USDC C.D. California, March 8, 2013: District court grants Viacom’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Lanham Act and related state law claims for...more

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