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FIJI WATER GIRL SUES FIJI WATER CO. LLC FOR MISAPPROPRIATION

On January 31, 2018, a model who went viral as the “Fiji Water Girl” after appearing prominently in the background at the Golden Globes’ red carpet event has sued Fiji Water Co. LLC in California sate court claiming it misappropriated her likeness (meaning used her identity without her consent) by creating cardboard cutouts of her…

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THE PRODUCERS OF “THE ART OF FIELDING” AGAIN AVOID LIABILITY

On February 6, 2019, a Second Circuit panel refused to give Charles Green (the author of “Bucky’s 9th”) another chance at his allegations that the 2011 best-selling baseball novel “The Art of Fielding” stole the plot from his book, ruling the scenes in question are common in the genre. This In The Know article is a…

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ZUMA PRESS WILL GET ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE OVER ALLEGED STOLEN IMAGES BY GETTY

On January 21, 2019, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of New York agreed to reconsider an October 2018 decision in which he had ruled that press agency Zuma Press Inc. had “nobody to blame but itself” for making little effort to get its images back after commingling them with a collection owned by a…

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CONAN O’BRIEN TRIAL SET OVER STOLEN JOKES

A jury trial has been set for May 2019 against Conan O’Brien over claims brought by comedian Robert Alexander Kaseberg (“Kaseberg”) which allege Conan, his show’s production company Conaco LLC, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., Time Warner Inc., and two members of the show’s production staff (the “Conan Defendants”) stole five of his jokes which were…

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ANOTHER LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST EPIC GAMES INC.

On January 23, 2019, Memphis rapper, Blocboy JB, filed a complaint in California federal court against Epic Games Inc. for allegedly using his signature dance moves in their well-know game “Fortnite” without his permission. Blocboy JB, whose real name is James Baker, claims Epic Games copied the dance he created for his 2017 song “Shoot,”…

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TINDER ORDERED TO PAY $17.3 MILLION TO CLASS MEMBERS TO SETTLE CLAIMS FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION

Tinder, the well-known dating app, has been ordered by a California federal court to pay $17.3 million worth of subscription features and cash to settle claims that the company overcharged dating app users based on their age. In June of 2018, a class action against Tinder, which is owned by Match Group Inc., alleged that the…

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CAR MAKER PEUGEOT IN DEEP WATER AFTER NOT PAYING $30 MILLION FOR FEATURE IN “BLADE RUNNER”

On January 10, 2019, Alcon Entertainment filed a lawsuit in California federal court against French car maker, Peugeot, claiming that it has not been paid the $30 million promised by the French auto maker to have its logo prominently featured in the movie “Blade Runner 2049.” Alcon described in its 132-page complaint how Peugeot worked…

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ONE REAL HOUSEWIVES STAR OFF THE HOOK, ANOTHER STILL IN LIMBO

Orange County Superior Court Judge Layne H. Melzer granted “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador’s Motion to Strike a complaint filed by James Bellino, the husband of former cast member Alexis Bellino, under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. A California judge has allowed “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador to avoid…

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RIHANNA SUING FATHER OVER “FENTY” AND RIHANNA PERFORMANCES PROMISED TO THIRD PARTIES

On January 15, 2019, pop star Rihanna, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, filed a lawsuit in a California federal court demanding her father, Ronald Fenty, cease exploiting her name and brand, “Fenty,” for commercial benefit through his company Fenty Entertainment LLC. To add “insult to injury,” Rihanna has recently opened up on ABC’s “Good Morning…

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BOB MARLEY COFFEE BRAND VICTORIOUS IN LAWSUIT

On January 9, 2019, the Ninth Circuit ordered a coffee company to $2.4 million in damages to companies connected to reggae legend Bob Marley for continuing to sell Marley-branded coffee after a trademark license agreement between the companies was terminated. The litigation began in August 2016, after Jammin Java allegedly failed to pay royalties on…

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