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Mississippi Appeals Court Affirms $300,000 Verdict For Construction Defects
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by Mealeys

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Nov. 13 upheld a $300,845.67 award on counterclaims brought against a contractor in a construction defects dispute, determining that the jury received proper instructions before reaching a verdict ... Read More

3rd Circuit Affirms Band Producer's Infringement Award
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

PHILADELPHIA - A lead singer who ignored cease-and-desist letters, service and a default judgment lost her appeal on July 30 before the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which affirmed an award of $429,997 for trademark infringement and unfair competition... Read More

Copyright Holder Cannot Revive Claims Against Former Doe In File-Sharing Case
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

OAKLAND, Calif. - An adult entertainment firm has failed to allege any facts to show that a California man who was dismissed from a previous file-sharing case infringed a copyrighted film, a California federal judge held Jan. 7, denying the plaintiff's... Read More

Appeals Panel: Settlement Shows Insured's Damages Against Insurance Broker
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

DENVER - A settlement agreement was sufficient to establish that an insured incurred damages for purposes of its negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims against an insurance broker, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 14, reversing the... Read More

Bankruptcy Judge OKs $17.55M Asset Sale, Takeover Of Entertainment Publications
Posted on 23 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

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... Read More

9th Circuit Vacates Verdict, Damage Award In MGA, Mattel Case
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge did not abuse his discretion in awarding MGA Entertainment Inc. attorney fees as the prevailing party on copyright infringement claims levied by Mattel Inc., according to a Jan. 24 ruling by the Ninth Circuit... Read More

9th Circuit Affirms: Use Of 'Ed Sullivan Show' Clip Was Fair Use
Posted on 12 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

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"... Read More

Adult Firms Adequately Pleaded Antitrust In .XXX Domain Dispute, Judge Finds
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

LOS ANGELES - Two adult entertainment firms have sufficiently pleaded claims for conspiracy and monopolization against the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and a company that it contracted to be registry of the newly approved... Read More

California Panel Overturns Judgment For 'Friends' Star In Agent's Contract Dispute
Posted on 24 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

LOS ANGELES - A trial court erred in requiring an entertainment industry expert to provide names and dates to back up his experience-based opinion that it is custom and practice to continue paying commissions to talent managers after a contract is terminated... Read More

7th Circuit: No Confusion Between Movie Title, Rap Duo
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - Allegations of trademark infringement over the hit film "50/50" must fail, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 21, because a plaintiff is unable to demonstrate the necessary element of confusion (Eastland Music Group... Read More

Judge: Excess Insurers Have No Duty To Defend Bratz Dolls Trademark Dispute
Posted on 13 Apr 2012 by Mealeys

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Because it has been previously determined that MGA Entertainment's primary insurers have a duty to defend an underlying Bratz Dolls trademark dispute, the excess insurance policies are not implicated, a California federal judge... Read More

Insurer Has No Duty To Reimburse $1.3M In Defense Costs, 6th Circuit Affirms
Posted on 22 May 2013 by Mealeys

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... Read More

Judge: Investor Failed To Plead Scienter In Securities Class Action Lawsuit
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

CINCINNATI - Dismissal of a securities class action lawsuit is proper because the shareholder that brought the action has failed to plead scienter, a federal judge in Ohio ruled July 30 ( Bruce E. Ricker v. Zoo Entertainment Inc., et al., No. 11-0490... Read More

In Demand LLC Sues Trustee, Subsidiary In Bankruptcy Of 'Girls Gone Wild'
Posted on 22 May 2013 by Mealeys

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... Read More

On Reconsideration, Magistrate Denies Rule 27 Motion To Discover IP Addresses
Posted on 26 Mar 2012 by Mealeys

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An adult entertainment company's ex parte petition to discover the names of Internet users associated with certain Internet protocol (IP) addresses was improperly granted, a California federal magistrate judge ruled March 21,... Read More

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