SAN FRANCISCO - A nearly six-year-old stay of patent infringement litigation pending against Apple Inc., Sony Network Entertainment International LLC and others will remain in place, a California federal judge ruled Sept. 19 (Ho Keung Tse v. Apple Inc. et al., No. 06-6573, N.D. Calif.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - PMGI Holdings Inc., the parent company for the adult entertainment empire bearing the name "Penthouse," on Sept. 17 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, listing debts between $500 million and $1 billion (In Re: PMGI Holdings Inc., No. 13-12404, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
TRENTON, N.J. - A group of casino customers filed a putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Sept. 13, alleging violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, among others, against bankrupt casino Revel Entertainment Group LLC and its affiliate Chatham Asset Management LLC related to slot machine losses the customers say the casino promised to refund (Margaret Peragine, et al. v. Revel Entertainment Group, et al., No. 13-05451, D. N.J.).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge properly found that a copyright infringement plaintiff's allegations concerning personal jurisdiction failed to establish a nonspeculative and direct New York-based injury as required by that state's long-arm statute, according to a Sept. 9 ruling by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Troma Entertainment Inc. v. Centennial Pictures Inc. et al., No. 12-1883, 2nd Cir.).
CINCINNATI - A federal judge in Ohio did not abuse his discretion in dismissing a shareholder class action lawsuit against a video game maker and others for alleged federal securities law violations because the shareholder failed to properly plead scienter, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Aug. 27 (Bruce E. Ricker v. Zoo Entertainment Inc., et al., No. 12-3951, 6th Cir.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Aug. 20 granted a film production firm's motion for expedited discovery in an online file-sharing case, permitting the plaintiff to conduct expedited discovery to discover the Doe defendants' identities, while forbidding the firm from publishing the information in any way without further leave of the court (Osiris Entertainment LLC v Does 1-38, No. 1:13-cv-04901, N.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117418).
PHOENIX - While acknowledging that her ruling was "harsh," an Arizona federal judge on July 29 declined a film production company's motion to reconsider an earlier ruling that had denied the firm's request to conduct early discovery to learn the identities of purported John and Jane Doe defendants who are accused of illegally sharing a copyrighted movie online (Bleiberg Entertainment LLC v. John and Jane Does 48-85, et al., No. 2:13-cv-00597, D. Ariz.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106570).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on July 9 found that the extrinsic evidence does not conclusively eliminate the potential for excess insurance coverage for an underlying copyright infringement lawsuit related to the insured's sale and distribution of "Bratz" dolls and associated merchandise (Lexington Insurance Co., et al. v. MGA Entertainment Inc., No. 12-3677, S.D. N.Y.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96395).
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held July 8 that it possesses jurisdiction to entertain an appeal on the merits by a trademark defendant who largely prevailed before a district court (Unique Sports Products Inc. v. Ferrari Importing Company, No. 11-15586, 11th Cir.).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge did not err in upholding a jury's award of $22,500 for each of 30 songs illegally downloaded and distributed by a defendant, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 25 (Sony BMG Music Entertainment et al. v. Joel Tenenbaum, No. 12-2146, 1st Cir.).
SAN DIEGO - Three defendants previously adjudged to be in default in a copyright infringement case on June 19 were ordered by a California federal judge to cease their broadcast of certain Arabic language television channels (Jellybean Entertainment Inc. v. USNile Limited Liability Co., et al., No. 13-144, S.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on June 6 denied motions to quash by three Doe defendants accused of illegal online file sharing, finding that their concerns over privacy and unfair settlement tactics were insufficient to quash discovery motions filed by an adult entertainment firm on their respective Internet service providers (ISPs) (Malibu Media, LLC vs. John Does 1-21, No. 1:12-cv-09656, N.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79433).
CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 20 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that an insurer has no duty to reimburse the $1.3 million in underlying defense costs that an additional insured incurred before it notified the insurer of the underlying litigation stemming from rights over a video poker game (AMI Entertainment Network Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., No. 12-2511, 6th Cir.).
LOS ANGELES - In Demand LLC, a video entertainment conglomerate, on May 21filed an adversary complaint in the Chapter 11 proceeding of GGW Brands LLC, the parent company of adult video maker "Girls Gone Wild," seeking $118,000 which it says is overdue pursuant to a licensing agreement with GGW. On the same day, a bankruptcy judge granted the trustee's motion to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on behalf of GGW Marketing LLC (In Demand LLC v. Argyle Media Sales LLC, et al. $(In Re: GGW Brands LLC$), No 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
ATLANTA - A Florida judge abused his discretion in failing to discuss and apply the correct standard in denying a prevailing trademark infringement plaintiff permanent injunctive relief, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 10 (Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp. v. Faye Johnson et al., No. 12-14304, 11th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 9515).
WILMINGTON, Del. - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 7 proceeding of Entertainment Publications LLC on April 22 authorized the sale of the company's assets to a stalking horse bidder for $17.55 million and authorized the trustee to take over operations of the debtor company (In Re: Entertainment Publications LLC, No. 13-10496, Chapter 7, D. Del. Bkcy.).
LOS ANGELES - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 11 proceeding of GGW Brands LLC, the parent company that produces adult-entertainment videos under the name "Girls Gone Wild," on April 16 named former FBI special agent R. Todd Nielson as the Chapter 11 trustee (In Re: GGW Brands LLC, No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
LOS ANGELES - Bankrupt adult entertainment company GGW Brands LLC, the parent company of the producer of videos called "Girls Gone Wild," on April 10 filed a brief in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California contending that the attorney it seeks to permission to appoint does not pose a conflict of interest for the company (In Re: GGW Brands LLC, No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
LOS ANGELES - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 11 proceeding of GGW Brands LLC, the parent company that produces adult entertainment videos under the name "Girls Gone Wild," on April 11 appointed a Chapter 11 trustee, overruling the company's objections (In Re: GGW Brands LLC, No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
LOS ANGELES - Bankrupt adult entertainment company GGW Brands Inc., the parent company for the maker of "Girls Gone Wild" videos, on March 29 filed a brief contending that a creditor's motion seeking appointment of a trustee should not be granted because the creditor's allegations "distort or misrepresent the facts of the case" (In Re: GGW Brands Inc., No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
LOS ANGELES - A creditor of bankrupt adult entertainment company GGW Brands Inc., the parent company for the maker of "Girls Gone Wild" videos, on March 21 filed a motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California arguing that a Chapter 11 trustee should be appointed (In Re: GGW Brands Inc., No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on March 13 dismissed a class action filed by a purchaser against a concert promoter who claimed that the promoter illegally tied ticket sales to parking fees in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (ICFA), concluding that the tying practice did not violate federal or state antitrust laws (James Batson v. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., No. 11-cv-01226, N.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34424).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge properly granted summary judgment to a copyright infringement defendant, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 11 in a case it deemed "a good example of why the fair use doctrine exists" (SOFA Entertainment Inc. v. Dodger Productions Inc. et al., No. 10-56535, 9th Cir.).
CINCINNATI - An Ohio federal judge erred in finding that a trademark infringement plaintiff failed to demonstrate that two defendants used the disputed mark without permission, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 7 (Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp. v. Karaoke Kandy Store, et al., No. 11-4258, 6th Cir.).
NEWARK, N.J. - Two days after a New Jersey federal judge denied most of its motion to conduct discovery related to 11 John Does in a file-sharing lawsuit, an adult entertainment firm on Feb. 28 voluntarily dismissed its copyright infringement claims against all of the Doe defendants (Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-11, No. 2:12-cv-07615, D. N.J; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26217).