Hollywood Looks To High Court On Idea Submission

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT) -- Dismayed by a Ninth Circuit ruling that makes it difficult to dismiss suits by writers who claim their ideas were stolen by movie studios or TV networks, the entertainment industry is now looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.

In a May en banc ruling, the Ninth Circuit concluded that so-called idea submission suits can be brought as state law breach of implied contract claims, a decision that reversed both a lower court and a panel decision that contract claims in such cases are preempted by the Copyright Act.

On Aug. 2, NBC Universal Inc., the...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!