RANDOM HOUSE DISMISSED FROM “THE GIRLS” LAWSUIT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Dec 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

On November 19, 2018, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in the Northern District of California dismissed Random House in a suit that claimed the author of the bestselling novel “The Girls” copied it from her ex-boyfriend’s screenplay, “All Sea,” using secretly installed spyware on this computer.

SESSION MUSICIAN SUIT CONTINUES AGAINST SAG-AFTRA

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Nov 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

On November 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder dismissed without prejudice claims filed by a class of session musicians based upon defendants’ breach of their duty of impartiality, but denied the motion to dismiss claims based upon breaches of loyalty, reasonableness and good faith.

DE HAVILLAND APPEALS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Oct 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Olivia de Havilland is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” (see, Lowe & Associates’ April 18, 2018 article “California Appeals Court Shuts Down de Havilland Case) after the California Supreme Court refused to hear her case.

ASHLEY JUDD’S SUIT AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN SET TO PROCEED

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Oct 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

On September 19, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez issued a 15-page order that dismissed a sexual harassment claim filed by Ashley Judd (“Judd”) against Harvey Weinstein (“Weinstein”), but allowed her to maintain her intentional interference and defamation claims claim based upon a smear campaign launched by Weinstein after she rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances.

JUDGE DENIES COACHELLA’S REQUEST FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT

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

On September 10, 2018, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner issued an 11-page ruling that denied Coachella partial summary judgment on its trademark infringement claims against Trevor Simms (“Simms”)- organizer of “Filmchella,” a three-day film festival held in Joshua Tree, California- by deciding a reasonable jury could find the two festivals are not similar enough to confuse consumers.

MUSIC INDUSTRY PEACE TREATY KNOWN AS THE “MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT” APPROVED BY BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

On September 18, 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch “Music Modernization Act” (“MMA”) was passed unanimously by the Senate, after already being approved by the House earlier this year. This bill is considered a “music peace treaty” between artists, performance rights organizations, music publishers and tech companies including Spotify, Amazon, and SiriusXM

PRINCE’S ESTATE FILES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

On August 24, 2018, the family of late pop star Prince sued Walgreens, a doctor (Michael Schulenberg) and other health care professionals claiming in a Minnesota state wrongful death suit that the aforementioned parties failed to treat the late star for opiate addiction.

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.

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