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Broadway Producers Awarded $90,000 from New York Jury

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A New York jury found ex-publicist Marc Thibodeau liable for breach of contract and tortious interference for a Broadway production called Rebecca, which was supposed to premiere on Broadway. The jury did not find Thibodeau...more

The Continuing Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity at the Supreme Court

by GableGotwals on

Immunity of tribal officers and employees from suit in state and federal court for tort liability should concern tribal governments engaged in gaming operations. Often, because of historical antecedents and general belief,...more

Sylvester Stallone Sues Warner Bros. over Profits from “Demolition Man”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Sylvester Stallone filed suit against Warner Bros. on April 13th, claiming the studio has fraudulently concealed his share of revenue from the 1993 sci-fi action film, “Demolition Man.” The film starred Stallone as a Los...more

Guelph Treasure Art Restitution Case Media Coverage

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Germany can be sued for the return of Nazi-looted art and artifacts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. This is the first time Germany will...more

Nazi-Looting and Forced Sales Support Jurisdiction—Guelph Treasure Ruling Analysis

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The decision on Friday to allow our clients’ claims to proceed against German and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz for the restitution of the Guelph Treasure (or Welfenschatz) is ground-breaking in important respects,...more

U.S. District Court Issues First of Its Kind Ruling Against Germany Over Renowned Guelph Treasure

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that claims over the famed Guelph Treasure can proceed against Germany in a United States court. This is the first time Germany will have to defend...more

UPDATE: BOSTON’S Founder and a Former Bandmate Still Seek Peace of Mind

We have written previously about Scholz v. Goudreau, No. 13-CV-10951 (D. Mass.); the case recently went to trial on the parties’ surviving claims, and they are now immersed in post-trial briefing....more

Art Advisors are Not Always Fiduciaries—Lawsuit over Cady Noland "Log Cabin" Dismissed

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The ongoing saga between Yves Bouvier and Dmitri Rybolovlev over Bouvier’s sale to the Russian billionaire of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (and a recent preemptive suit by Sotheby’s against the original sellers of the work to...more

Making Sense of the Peter Doig Trial and the Authentication Fallout

by Sullivan & Worcester on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

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

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

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?

by Brooks Pierce on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

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

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

by Dechert LLP on

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

Chad Elie v. Ifrah Law PLLC

CERTIFICATE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Chad Elie

by Ian Imrich on

[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]

by Ian Imrich on

[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 Defendants

by Ian Imrich on

[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

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