Entertainment Law

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Negotiations over Fox News appear to have paved the path to a breakthrough that will put off a high-stakes trial scheduled for next month. With about a month to go until a trial, Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network have requested that a California federal judge pause litigation over the […]

By Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter The criminal charges against Michael Egan proceed in North Carolina, as does a malicious prosecution suit in Hawaii. Michael Egan — who sued X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others last April for teen sex abuse, only to drop his suits within months in the face of his own contradictory […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Ten African-American contestants contended that their disqualifications occurred out of racial animus Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified. The lawsuit was brought in […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter According to bankruptcy papers, Aereo has just $4.6 million in cash left When Aereo launched in February 2012, Barry Diller and other investors in the streaming TV service spoke hopefully of freeing programming from a closed network. Were they too optimistic? Aereo scored $95.6 million in venture equity despite […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A weight gain or triathlons — what’s more important? What it means to be fit is an age-old question that changes with the cultural currents. The question, though, is going to be examined in a federal trial in a Florida courtroom soon thanks to a novel dispute involving The Biggest […]

By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter Kevin Kaufman and Patrick Moses claim to have developed the reality series before being pushed out The latest drama from The Real Housewives of Orange County is a lawsuit from two of its producers, who allege they co-created the long-running series and were then excluded from its profits. In a […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The actor was offered $6 million for the role of the American who helped Pablo Escobar, but a lawsuit by Emmett Furla may cloud rights Randall Emmett and George Furla‘s Emmett/Furla Oasis Films is upset at being cut out of The Man Who Made It Snow, to star Jake Gyllenhaal. […]

By Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter William Roger Dean couldn’t prove his paintings inspired Pandora James Cameron has won another lawsuit alleging he stole ideas for Avatar. Artist William Roger Dean alleged Cameron ripped off 14 of his paintings for the 2009 sci-fi epic, and was seeking damages from Cameron, Avatar studio 20th Century Fox and Cameron’s […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for TV series The Game can’t establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she amassed. Stacey Mattocks, an insurance agent, is credited with helping to revive the show […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Douglas Jordan-Benel alleges he submitted his “Settler’s Day” screenplay to United Talent Agency, which represents the credited writer of “The Purge.” The premise of 2013’s The Purge — a box-office smash that grossed nearly $90 million worldwide — is this: In the very near future, the American government has established an […]