9th Circ. Bows Out Of 'Chipmunks' Film Rights Dispute

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit declined Monday to review a California federal judge's referral of a rights dispute over "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" to a referee under state law, finding the appeal premature since the judge can review the referee's decision.

Bagdasarian Productions LLC, a production company affiliated with the family behind the helium-voiced cartoon rodents, had argued the copyright suit it filed against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. must be heard before a federal court.

U.S. District Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen sent the matter under...
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