Chipmunks Sing State Court Blues In 9th Circ. Fox IP Case

Law360, Los Angeles (February 13, 2012, 8:44 PM EST) -- An attorney for the production company behind The Chipmunks asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to reverse a district court's order sending its infringement suit against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. to a state court referee, saying federal courts have sole authority to hear copyright claims.

“The federal court may not abdicate its exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate a federal copyright law claim by reassigning its Article III powers to adjudicate that claim to a privately selected referee who operates within the context of a state [alternative...
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