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Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, June 24, 2015

District Court allows screenwriter’s suit alleging feature film The Purge was based on his screenplay, Settler’s Day, to proceed, denying defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion because acts supporting plaintiff’s implied contract claim…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Compliance Deadline Reminder: New California Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

California's new sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522), goes into effect July 1, 2015. Some of the key provisions of the law include: The law applies to any employee who works 30 or…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Copeland v. Bieber - USCA Fourth Circuit, June 18, 2015

Fourth Circuit vacates district court dismissal of copyright infringement claim against defendants Usher and Justin Bieber, finding that choruses in songs were sufficiently similar to withstand motion to dismiss, as reasonable…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

FCC Approves Proposed Changes to Telephone Solicitation and Text Marketing Rules

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to approve Commissioner Tom Wheeler's proposal to "close loopholes and strengthen consumer protection" relating to telemarketing and text message…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Gerritsen v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, June 12, 201

District court dismisses breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims in first amended complaint against Warner Bros. based on Oscar-winning motion picture "Gravity," holding that plaintiff Terry Gerritsen, author of novel…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions

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
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

In re DMCA Subpoena to eBay Inc. - USDC, S.D. California, June 5, 2015

Subpoena issued to eBay pursuant to DMCA, seeking to identify alleged infringers, is deemed valid under express statutory language despite eBay’s pre-subpoena removal of allegedly infringing material in response to related DMCA…more
| Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Staying Out of the FTC’s Data Security Cross-Hairs

As the Federal Trade Commission acknowledges in a recent blog post, no company wants to discover that its data security practices are under federal investigation. Yet any company that collects, uses or maintains consumer data…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap – May 2015

In This Issue: - FDA puts out guidance to require submissions in ICH’s electronic format for certain pharmaceutical product applications within two years - OPDP warns Otsuka over improper marketing of antipsychotic…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

FTC Answers New Questions About Endorsements and Disclosures

In light of the continued expansion of digital and social media, the FTC has released updated guidance on disclosing endorser relationships. In addition to reiterating its general guidance on when and how disclosures need to be…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Broadcast Music, Inc. v. Pandora Media, Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, May 28, 2015

After five-week bench trial, district court holds BMI's proposed license fee of 2.5 percent of Pandora's gross revenue was reasonable, using Pandora's 2013 direct licenses with Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing as…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng - USCA, Second Circuit, May 27, 2015

Second Circuit affirms denial of defendant’s request for attorneys’ fees in copyright infringement dispute, finding plaintiff pursued objectively reasonable litigation position, having previously prevailed in both district court…more
| Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Pro Sports in Pepsi's Court with NBA Deal

In what looks like a well executed steal, PepsiCo signed a five-year corporate sponsorship deal in April with the National Basketball Association, replacing the Coca-Cola Co. — which had a 29-year sponsorship relationship with…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Ryan v. Editions Limited West, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Cir., May 19, 2015

Ninth Circuit holds Copyright Act does not preclude enforcement of contractual attorneys’ fee provision in copyright-based litigation. Artist Victoria Ryan sued Editions Limited West, Inc. (ELW), a publisher of her artwork,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Intellectual Property

Garcia v. Google Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, May 18, 2015

Ninth Circuit sitting en banc reverses 2-1 panel decision that required Google to remove anti-Islam video from YouTube based on actor’s claim of copyright in her five-second appearance, holding that “a weak copyright claim…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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