SMALLVILLE ACTRESS ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL IN NXIVM CASE

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following up on our November 30, 2018 article entitled “Alleged Sex Cult [NXIVM], Which Includes Smallville Star, Asks New York Court To Toss Indictments”: On April 9, 2019, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack (“Mack”) plead guilty to racketeering charges in connection with her role in “NXIVM.”

R. KELLY ATTORNEY OFF THE HOOK FOR $500,000

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 18, 2019, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of an attorney who represented R. Kelly. The attorney was alleged to have fraudulently promised to hold a concert promoter’s $500,000 in escrow but instead forwarded the money to R. Kelly, who spent it before the deal collapsed.

GETTY IMAGES IN TROUBLE AGAIN

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 15, 2019, Getty Images, Inc. (“Getty”) has been hit with a class action lawsuit in federal court in Washington for allegedly tricking customers into buying fake copyright licenses for images in the public domain that can be used freely.

5-HOUR ENERGY DRINK CANNOT DODGE $4.3 MILLION AWARD AGAINST THEM

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 18, 2019, a Washington state appeals court denied the makers of 5-Hour Energy drinks- Living Essentials LLC and Innovative Ventures LLC- their appeal to dismiss a $4.3 million award against them in a false advertising lawsuit. The Court of Appeals determined that the trial court was correct in finding that the above-described companies did not have a sufficient basis to claims about the products.

VOLTAGE PICTURES DODGES WRITER-DIRECTOR’S COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT OVER “THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN”

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 12, 2019, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the Central District of California granted Voltage Pictures’ motion for summary judgment in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a writer-director who had worked extensively on an upcoming film entitled, “The Professor and The Madman,” starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

DR. SEUSS-STAR TREK “MASHUP” IS RULED FAIR USE

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Apr 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 12, 2019, a California federal court judge tossed copyright infringement claims filed by Dr. Seuss Enterprises (the company that controls Dr. Seuss’ intellectual property), holding that a “mashup” of Dr. Seuss and Star Trek was protected by the fair use doctrine.

SEC FILES FRAUD COMPLAINT AGAINST MOVIE WRITER-DIRECTOR

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Mar 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in California federal court alleging that movie writer-director, Daniel Adams (“Adams”), and his music producing partner, Michael Flanders (“Flanders”), defrauded at least two investors out of tens of thousands of dollars.

$174 MILLION AWARDED TO “BONES” CAST FROM FOX

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

On February 27, 2019, a February 4th ruling of an arbitrator’s award against 21st Century Fox Inc. (“Fox”) was made public for $179 million. The claimants were key personnel behind the TV crime drama, “Bones.” The case as based upon Fox wrongfully withholding “chunks of the show’s profits.”

ZILLOW SUED BY DEVELOPER WHO CLAIMS ZILLOW’S PUBLIC INFORMATION DROPPED HOME VALUE BY ALMOST $100 MILLION

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Mar 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

On February 24, 2019, Los Angeles real estate developer Bruce Makowsky (“Makowsky”) filed a lawsuit against the real estate listings website known as “Zillow,” claiming that Zillow incorrectly reported a massive Bel Air mansion had sold on three separate occasions for much less than its current $150 million price tag.

KANYE WEST WANTS OUT OF “LOCKDOWN”

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Mar 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 1, 2019, Kanye West (“West”) accused longtime publisher EMI records of “locking him” into a business arrangement that is barred by the California Labor Code which limits how long certain contractual relationships can last.

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