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March 2014 Archives

Tarantino continues legal battle with Gawker over leaked script

When people in the entertainment industry come up with ideas they think are worth producing, they often go to friends or colleagues for advice and to see if the idea is worth publishing. But even the most trusted of confidants can let slip a million-dollar idea, which can sometimes lead to litigation in some instances.

Smokey Robinson and ex-wife still fighting over song copyrights

With no new reports having been issued since the beginning of this month, our readers here in Los Angeles can safely assume that Smokey Robinson is still embroiled in some rather complicated litigation with his ex-wife this week. Their dispute centers around whether the songs Robinson wrote during their marriage should be considered community property or protected by copyright law. And as our readers will soon see, both sides have their own opinions about the matter.

Singer M.I.A. in arbitration with NFL over Super Bowl performance

Fans of musicians and football know that there is no bigger stage than the Super Bowl. Artists from around the world have played at this exclusive venue and are often held to strict contracts as well. Such was the case for Sri Lankan singer M.I.A who performed with Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012. But a slip of the finger during her performance now has her facing some rather serious legal issues.

Los Angeles judge dismisses fraud claim in endorsement dispute

While some celebrities do endorsement deals because they sincerely approve of a product, others simply do it for the paycheck. Whatever the reason though, these contracts should be taken incredibly seriously. Even the smallest misinterpretation of terms in the agreement can mean litigation for both the celebrity and the company down the road.