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No Joke: Court Dismisses Conan’s Affirmative Defense in Joke Theft Lawsuit

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On Thursday, Judge Janis Sammartino of the Southern District of California rejected the affirmative defenses advanced by Conan O’Brien in a long-running joke theft lawsuit. The suit centers on four jokes that O’Brien told on his show Conanin 2015, which were allegedly stolen from the Twitter account of plaintiff Robert Kaseberg, a former comedy writer for […]

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De Havilland v. FX Networks: Another “Slapp” in the Face?

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On Tuesday, FX Networks filed a brief in opposition to Olivia de Havilland’s petition for writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court not to hear de Havilland’s case after her petition for review was rejected by the California Supreme Court on July 11. The initial lawsuit began on June 30, 2017 when de Havilland filed suit […]

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Bad Break: Ex-NFL Player Sues Dr. James Andrews for $180 Million

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Sharrif Floyd, a 2013 first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings, filed a lawsuit against the most well-known man in sports medicine, Dr. James Andrews, and his staff, for $180 million. Floyd went under the knife during the 2016 season for what was supposed to be routine arthroscopic knee surgery. Upon discovering a micro-fracture, however, […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Opens the Door for a Lawsuit Blitz

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The Ohio Supreme Court became the first state high court to tackle the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”) in court, holding that CTE could be treated as a latent condition that develops long after an initial injury.  Steven Schmitz, a former football player at Notre Dame from 1974 to 1978, initially sued Notre Dame […]

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Court is not Ready to Purge Lawsuit

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On July 17, 2014, Douglas Jordan-Benel sued Universal Studios, United Talent Agency and screenplay writer, James Demonaco, claiming the movie The Purge is based on his screenplay, Settler’s Day.  Jordan-Benel alleges in his complaint that he submitted his screenplay for consideration to United Talent Agency around July 8, 2011, but the work was ultimately rejected. […]

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Acclaimed Painter Sues Lawyer for Fraud

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On Wednesday, painter Robert Sundholm filed suit against his personal attorney for tricking him into signing away the film rights to his life story. Sundholm’s unique biography has been the subject of features for People Magazine, CBS and BBC. The artist was abandoned by his parents as a child, never graduated from high school, learned […]

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Believeland No More: Boylan Files Age Discrimination Suit Against Cavs

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Since superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers this past summer, the Cavs have been in a steep nose dive. Most recently, former assistant coach James Boylan (63 years old) filed an age discrimination suit in Ohio county court after the Cavs exercised their right not to extend Boylan’s contract […]

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Founder of The Dinosaur Project Sues Jurassic Park Creators

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On Tuesday, Frederick Zaccheo, founder of the non-profit charity The Dinosaur Project, filed suit against the creators of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom in the Southern District of New York. Zaccheo alleges that Universal City Studios and Amblin Entertainment committed breach of contract and trademark infringement relating to their use of the phrase SAVE THE DINOS in the […]

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A House of Horrors: AHS House at Center of Lawsuit

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The Rosenheim mansion in Country Club Park, the location of the first season of American Horror Story, is now at the center of a lawsuit. The plaintiffs, Ernest Von Schwartz and Pier A. Oaken, purchased the house from Von Steinbauer in 2015 for $3.2 million.  They are suing Steinbauer’s estate as well as the Coldwell […]

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Fantasy Sports Score in Indiana Supreme Court Battle over NCAA Access

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In a victory for daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week that the names, likenesses, and statistical information of college athletes are newsworthy and may be used without players’ permission. A group of NCAA athletes sued DraftKings and FanDuel on the basis that players should be paid for […]

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