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.

FIJI WATER GIRL SUES FIJI WATER CO. LLC FOR MISAPPROPRIATION

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 31, 2018, a model who went viral as the “Fiji Water Girl” after appearing prominently in the background at the Golden Globes’ red carpet event has sued Fiji Water Co. LLC in California sate court claiming it misappropriated her likeness (meaning used her identity without her consent) by creating cardboard cutouts of her for a marketing campaign.

THE PRODUCERS OF “THE ART OF FIELDING” AGAIN AVOID LIABILITY

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

On February 6, 2019, a Second Circuit panel refused to give Charles Green (the author of “Bucky’s 9th”) another chance at his allegations that the 2011 best-selling baseball novel “The Art of Fielding” stole the plot from his book, ruling the scenes in question are common in the genre. This In The Know article is a follow-up to our August 1, 2018 article titled: “The Art of Fielding” Did Not Infringe “Bucky’s 9th” Copyright.

CONAN O’BRIEN TRIAL SET OVER STOLEN JOKES

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

A jury trial has been set for May 2019 against Conan O’Brien over claims brought by comedian Robert Alexander Kaseberg (“Kaseberg”) which allege Conan, his show’s production company Conaco LLC, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., Time Warner Inc., and two members of the show’s production staff (the “Conan Defendants”) stole five of his jokes which were protected by copyright applications Kaseberg filed in 2015 and 2016.

BOB MARLEY COFFEE BRAND VICTORIOUS IN LAWSUIT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 9, 2019, the Ninth Circuit ordered a coffee company to $2.4 million in damages to companies connected to reggae legend Bob Marley for continuing to sell Marley-branded coffee after a trademark license agreement between the companies was terminated.

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