The Motion Picture Association of America Inc. on Wednesday tapped Henry Hoberman, a veteran entertainment industry attorney, to oversee the group’s global legal affairs and intellectual property initiatives.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a finding that Bally Gaming International Inc. had infringed two International Game Technology patents covering slot machine features.
A film studio executive was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for selling fake tax credits to New Orleans Saints players and coaches, ending the criminal investigation into a scheme that has also spawned an ugly court battle between members of the former Super Bowl champs.
The Korean Broadcasting System did not libel Yuin University, an unaccredited school based in Compton, Calif., when it aired a report calling Yuin a "suspected degree factory," a California state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Many of the entertainment contract disputes that we handle are subject to arbitration, which was intended to be a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. Today, it is typically neither, says Michael Plonsker, co-chairman of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP's entertainment and media litigation practice.
U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided Wednesday over a 1994 law restoring copyright protection to foreign works previously in the public domain, with some arguing it ensured equal treatment of foreign and U.S. works and others raising concerns about its free speech implications.
A New York bankruptcy judge ordered a hearing Wednesday after the privacy ombudsman in the Borders Group Inc. bankruptcy blasted Barnes & Noble Inc. for withholding from Borders customers the extent of the information it was acquiring under an intellectual property purchase.
A New York federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a Barnes & Noble Inc. shareholder's derivative suit against the company, saying he failed to show that board members' cozy relationship with CEO Leonard Riggio caused them to rubber-stamp moves that benefited Riggio but hurt the company.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he was unlikely to grant the Los Angeles Dodgers Inc.’s bid for discovery on Major League Baseball’s dealings with other teams, potentially denying owner Frank McCourt ammunition in the parties' upcoming showdown over control of the franchise.
1970s teen sensation David Cassidy on Wednesday sued the production company that introduced "The Partridge Family" to a global audience, saying the studio denied his cut of hundreds of millions of dollars in merchandise and broadcast deals and continued to use his likeness after their contract expired.
The Tennessee federal judge overseeing Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC's copyright lawsuit against several karaoke distributors ruled Wednesday that Sony may recover only one award of statutory damages per work, regardless of whether the companies distributed the allegedly infringing recordings through multiple brands.
A Virginia federal judge on Friday refused to shut down a patent-holding company's suit alleging social media giant Twitter Inc. infringes a patent for a method of creating an interactive community of famous people.
A California federal judge on Monday dismissed Seven Arts Film Entertainment Ltd.’s lawsuit claiming Paramount Pictures Corp. ripped off five of its films, ruling that the British production company waited too long to file its copyright infringement suit.
Wikipedia said Tuesday it had disabled its Italian language website and could eventually delete it, in protest of a proposed wiretapping law currently making its way through Italy's Parliament.
Far too often, the Federal Trade Commission pushes advertisers to give up rights that they would otherwise have under the First Amendment for truthful speech, usually under the justification that such limitations are necessary to address societal problems with a misguided belief that advertising is the cause, says Douglas Smith, chairman of Reed Smith LLP’s media and entertainment industry group.
A specialty pillow maker sued former "Happy Days" cast member Anson Williams and his cosmetics company StarMaker Products LLC in California federal court Friday, alleging they infringed a patent for a pillow designed to help prevent facial wrinkles.
The estate of singer and actor Ricky Nelson sued Capitol Records LLC in California on Monday, accusing it of breaching a contract by underpaying royalties for music recorded by the late pop star.
Dog trainer Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel program "Dog Whisperer," filed a breach of contract suit Monday against production company MPH Entertainment Inc., claiming it refused to allow Millan to audit the show's books.
A Nevada bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the $1 million sale of Eva Longoria's Las Vegas company Beso LLC to Landry's Restaurants Inc. subsidiary CHLN Inc. in a deal to pull the company’s Beso steakhouse and Eve nightclub out of bankruptcy.
A California man filed a proposed class action Friday against Playboy Enterprises Inc., claiming the company engaged in illegal gender-based pricing when it charged men, but not women, $1,000 each to attend a “Leather Meets Lace” party at the Playboy Mansion.