Wyndham Lewis v. 20th Century Fox (2017)
Representing plaintiff in an idea theft action against 20th Century Fox. Case Settled.
Large v. Emmet-Furla Productions et al. (2017)
Represented plaintiff in an action for investment fraud.
Warren Griffin III p/k/a “Warren G” adv. Antonio White et al. (2017)
Represented hip-hop producer and artist, Warren G, in connection with pending dispute regarding the composition “Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None).”
Justin Pope p/k/a “P-Dice” v. Fetty Wap et. Al. (2016)
Partnership dispute between hip-hop artist, Fetty Wap, and P-Dice, who was a founding member of hip-hop group, “The Remy Boyz.”
Kevin Tent et al. adv. Haven Entertainment (2016)
Represented defendants in connection with a dispute concerning film credits.
Mike Williams v. Broad Daylight LLC. et al. (2016)
Firm represented producer of Rob Reiner directed film “LBJ” (starring Woody Harrelson) in a breach of contract action.
Addition adv. Pitch Dark Entertainment (2016)
Represented defendant co-producers of aborted movie project in action for fraud.
120DB Films Lending LLC v. Wingman Production Services Inc. et al. (2016)
Represented defendants in an action by a film lending group.
The Young Keislowski LLC v. Mance Media et al. (2016)
Represented writers and producers of critically acclaimed Netflix film against sales agent. Prevailed in IFTA Arbitration.
Fowler et al. v. Convalo (2016)
Represented seller of rehabilitation centers as defendants/counterclaimants in dual actions for fraud and breach of contract.
Informant Media adv. Bernard Hiller & Gabriel Bologna (2015)
Represented defendant in connection with copyright infringement claim by authors of screenplay pertaining to true events.
Planet Productions adv. Amaru Entertainment (2015)
Dispute regarding the rights to exploit the name and likeness of Tupac Shakur.
Caparulo adv. Parallel Entertainment (2015)
Represented comedian in action brought by former managers.
Geodata Systems Management Inc. v. APPF et al. (2015)
Represented plaintiff in a trademark infringement case.
Zulu Productions et al. adv. i2Five Entertainment LLC. (2015)
Represented defendants in a dispute between producers of a slate of films.
Hendricks v. BBC America, Temple Street Productions et al. (2014)
Action for copyright infringement and "idea theft" in connection with the show "Orphan Black."
Benel v. Universal Studios, United Talent Agency, Blumhouse Productions et al. (2014)
Action for copyright infringement and "idea theft" in connection with "The Purge" franchise. Defeated Anti-SLAPP Motion. Affirmed on appeal. Click to see 9th Circuit Appellate Decision. 859 F.3d 1184 (9th Cir. 2017) Click to see Hollywood Reporter article here. Case Settled.
Rick Barlowe et al. v. Amaru Entertainment et al. (2014)
Dispute regarding the rights to exploit the name and likeness of Tupac Shakur.
Warren Griffin III p/k/a “Warren G” v. Universal Music Group et al. (2013)
Firm represented hip-hop producer and artist, Warren G, in connection with his claim for royalties from the composition entitled “Leave You Alone,” a top 40 song in 2012.
Van Dyke v. Friends Media, LLC et al. (2013)
Action by writer/director for services on church-based independent film, "Not Today.”
Successfully Defeated multiple Motions to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment.
Tamara Johnson v. Lynch-Dyson Entertainment (2013)
Represented original creator of TV Show, "Hollywood Exes," in an idea theft case against the producers of the show. The case was prominently discussed by Wendy Williams, on her daytime talk show, who concluded on air: "I believe her!" Defeated multiple Motions for Summary Judgment.
Hedda Muskat v. Creative Artists Agency, LLC, et al. (2013)
Represented TV producer against her former talent agency and Ashton Kutcher's production house for their alleged mishandling of a reality TV program.
Case Settled. Click to see Hollywood Reporter article here
Carmen Trutanich For District Attorney 2012 v. John Shallman (2013)
Represented the Los Angeles City Attorney against a former campaign manager for mismanagement (and possible misappropriation) of funds.
Zito v. FX Networks LLC (2012)
Represented the well-known actor, author, personality, and former President of the Hells Angels' New York Nomad Chapter in an “idea theft” claim concerning the FX show “Sons of Anarchy.”
Melanie Brown v. Dan Catullo (2011)
Represented Melanie Brown in two disputes with former business partners in the music industry.
Dwight McGhee v. MTV Networks & Randy Jackson (2011)
Represented the plaintiff in an “idea theft” claim against MTV concerning the television show “America's Best Dance Crew.”
Von Radic v. Myers (2011)
Represented the plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud action against a screenwriter concerning the plaintiff's life story.
Prevailed at Trial—Awarded Punitive Damages.
WB Music Corp. v. Tatou Supper Club (2009)
Represented Tatou Supper Club in a copyright infringement action brought by Warner Brothers Music Corp. for allegedly violating public performance rights of certain master recordings.
The Jackson Sisters v. Universal Music Group (2009)
Represented The Jackson Sisters in hotly contested, protracted litigation with Universal Music Group to obtain royalties on their self-titled 1973 album, which had became a cult sensation in Europe and Japan- in 2003.
Bob Rubin v. Rob Schneider (2009)
Represented comedian Bob Rubin in a breach of contract action against comedic actor, Rob Schneider, and his brother John Schneider, with respect to financing obtained for Rob Schneider's film, “The Chosen One.”
Caldwell v. Marx (2009)
Represented recording artist Bobby Caldwell (“What You Won't Do For Love”) in an action against his manager of 27 years for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and deceit. Case Settled.
Rick James Estate v. Daniel Lemelle (2006)
Represented the Trustee/Estate of the late Grammy-winning recording artist Rick James in multiple matters, including a dispute over the rights to his unreleased material.
Hathaway v. Ark 21 Records And Miles Copeland Et. Al. (2006)
Represented Ark 21 Records and Miles Copeland in an action involving the failure of a label that did business with Ark 21 to meet minimum delivery requirements.
Shout Factory LLC v. Hardline Music Inc., Et Al. (2005)
Defended a filmmaker against claims involving a recording artist who decided to drop out of the music business just as his career began to take off.
Allied Surgical Centers Management LLC v. Acquisition & Management Corporation (2005)
Successfully prosecuted a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim arising out of sale of large debt portfolio.
Premier Credit v. Receivable Acquisition & Liquidation LLC (2005)
Represented defendant in a libel case.
Prevailed on Motion to Dismiss.
Robert Vaughn, VD Kustoms Inc v. Von Dutch Originals LLC Et Al. (2004)
Represented one of the founders of Von Dutch in a partnership dispute.
Case Settled -during trial.
Kelvin Williams & Uprise Productions v. UMG Recordings, Inc. Et. Al. (2004)
Represented a young filmmaker in a federal court action against Universal (and others) for multiple claims arising out of the use of the filmmaker's contributions to a successful DVD. Case Settled.
Elsey v. Pintaric (2004)
Represented the defendant in a lawsuit between partners of a film venture.
Prevailed at Trial.
Estate of Shakur v. Platinum Grove Entertainment et. al. (2003)
Represented the Estate of Tupac Shakur in an action for copyright infringement.
Cecil Womack & Keith Clark v. Priority Records, LLC (2003)
Represented a producer in the music industry to obtain royalties owed on various hit collaborations with rap artist “Snoop Dogg,” rap trio “Doggy's Angels,” and others.
Farid Zaland v. Seyed E. Kabehie, Soghra, Pars Video Inc. (2002)
Represented an Iranian music producer in dueling lawsuits between himself and his record company, settling both matters, and obtaining a favorable published opinion in Kabehie v. Zaland, 102 Cal. App. 4th 513 (Cal. Ct. App. 2002).
Timas v. EMC Mortgage Et. Al. (2002)
Represented an elderly widow, as co-counsel with Thomas Girardi, against a mortgage company for unfair debt collection practices.
Fula v. Interscope Records Et. Al. (2002)
Represented mother of deceased friend and member of Tupac Shakur group "The Outlawz," in an action to obtain (amongst other things) royalties owed for contributions to numerous Tupac Shakur compositions and sound recordings which had been made by the plaintiff's deceased son, "Yaki Kadafi."
Outlawz v. Death Row Records Et. Al. (2001)
Represented Tupac Shakur's group, The Outlawz, including obtaining an injunction preventing Death Row Records from interfering with their career.
Rodriguez v. Priority Records, Et. Al. (2001)
Represented the plaintiff in a copyright infringement action with respect to various sound recordings released by “Snoop Dogg” and “Tha Eastsidaz.”
Nelson v. Keymen Music, Et. Al. (2000)
Represented Bob & Earl, the legendary R&B duo behind the hit song “Harlem Shuffle,” in a dispute over ownership of a library of R&B classics that (until the firm's involvement) was unresolved after nearly a decade of litigation.