Entertainment Law

By Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter The unusual offering may be just the ticket for products with celebrity endorsement. Today, many, maybe most, celebrities endorse products. And that means brands face a challenge when their endorser suddenly shows up in the news for the wrong reasons: a drug scandal, domestic violence charge, hate speech, even […]

By Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter Suge Knight has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with Thursday’s fatal hit-and-run near the set of a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton in Los Angeles. Knight was arrested at approximately 3 a.m. local time Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced, and is being […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter CEO John Chen’s proposal sparks ridicule, including one person who compares it to forcing Disney to release “Frozen” on Laser Disc. Somewhere within Comcast headquarters, there’s surely an executive smirking at Blackberry CEO John Chen‘s proposal that the FCC take a broad approach to net neutrality by having it […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The 63-page ruling largely favors Dish on the copyright front, Fox on the contract side. Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network are optimistic about a settlement in the nearly three-year-old lawsuit over the satcaster’s DVR technologies, but U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee has decided that it would be best to release […]

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 […]