Case Study: Forest Park Pictures V. Universal Television

Law360, New York (July 9, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit’s recent decision in Forest Park Pictures v. Universal Television Network Inc.[1] found that the “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen’s claim for breach of an implied contract was not preempted by the Copyright Act. Christensen had alleged that the USA Network series “Royal Pains” used, in breach of their implied contract, the idea he pitched to them for a television show about a “concierge” doctor to the rich and famous. He had claimed that there was an implied contract that he would be paid...
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