FALSE CLAIMS OF AUTHENTICITY BY SONY AND MICHAEL JACKSON’S ESTATE FOUND TO BE PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

On August 28, 2018, a California appellate court ruled that a posthumously released Michael Jackson album that featured a “soundalike” vocalist on three tracks did not give rise to claims against Sony Music and the Jackson estate even though they had impliedly and expressly represented that Jackson sang all 10 songs, on both the album cover and promotional video.

NETFLIX’S NARCOS SERIES SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Virgina Vallejo, a former Columbian journalist living in asylum in the United States, filed a lawsuit on August 24, 2018, claiming that the producers of the series “Narcos” infringed copyrights covering her best-selling memoir in which she narrated her romantic relationship with former drug lord Pablo Escobar.

GIRLS GONE WILD SEEKS CLOSURE OVER JUDGMENTS

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

On August 24, 2018, the Chapter 11 trustee for the companies responsible for the “Girls Gone Wild” brand of videos asked a California bankruptcy court to close all but one case against the company. The trustee explained to the court that the only outstanding issue in the bankruptcy estate is...

LENNY DYKSTRA FILES FRAUD SUIT OVER DOCUMENTARY

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

On August 5, 2018, former MLB Mets slugger and convicted felon Lenny Dykstra filed a fraud suit in New York Supreme Court against DLP Media Group LLC (“DLP”) for allegedly cutting him out of $400,000 it recouped from Amazon after they cancelled a planned documentary on the baseball player’s life.

STUBHUB’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

On August 7, 2018, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson granted summary judgment in favor of StubHub over allegations that StubHub breached the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) when they hired three employees from a startup company who allegedly used proprietary data from their former company for apps they developed for StubHub.

COURT DISMISSES ALL CLAIMS IN $100 MILLION RACKETEERING SUIT AGAINST VIACOM HEIR EXCEPT ONE

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Aug 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

On July 10, 2018, a California federal judge dismissed a $100 million dollar racketeering lawsuit against Viacom heir Shari Redstone filed by Manuela Herzer, a former acquaintance of Ms. Redstone’s father. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that with Sumner Redstone still alive, Ms. Herzer does not have a legal entitlement to any of Summer Redstone’s assets.

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