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Investors in Genius Brands, An Entertainment Company, Assert They Were Duped By Pump-And-Dump Scheme

In a complaint filed on August 18, 2020, in the Central District of California, plaintiff Salvador Verdin, individually and on behalf of all investors who purchased Genius stock between March 17 and July 5, 2020, accused defendants Genius Brands and its CEO, Andy Heyward, of violating Federal Securities Law. In the complaint, Plaintiffs claim that,…

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Trump Hit With Another Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Just weeks after Neil Diamond filed suit over Trump’s use of his “Rockin’ in the Free World” at rallies, singer-songwriter, and producer Eddy Grant filed suit against Trump and his campaign on September 1, 2020, alleging copyright infringement over the use of Grant’s 1983 hit “Electric Avenue”  in a campaign video posted to Trump’s Twitter…

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Tattoo Artist Granted Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement Claim Against WWE

On September 26, 2020, Judge Yandle for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted tattoo artist Catherine Alexander’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in her copyright infringement lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (“WWE”) and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (“Take-Two”). Alexander claimed WWE and Take-Two copied the tattoos she inked…

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Playboy Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Fashion Company Over Iconic Bunny Costume

On October 27, 2020, Playboy Enterprises filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Fashion Nova, an online retail company, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to the complaint, Fashion Nova created and sold a replica of Playboy’s iconic bunny costume “throughout the peak of the Halloween costume season.” In the…

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Lawsuit Against Post Malone Going in ‘Circles’ After Rapper is Accused of Denying Credit to Alleged Co-Writer

On October 19, 2020, Judge Otis Wright III for the United States District Court for the Central District of California refused to dismiss musician and producer Tyler Armes’ lawsuit against Post Malone for co-writer credit and publishing royalties on Malone’s song “Circles.” Armes alleged he co-authored the hit composition/sound recording performed by recording artist Post…

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California Court of Appeal Affirms Continuation of Defamation Lawsuit Against Real Housewives of Orange County Star

On October 23, 2020, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District affirmed the Superior Court of Orange County’s ruling that James Bellino, the ex-husband of former Real Housewives of Orange County (“RHOC”) star Alexis Bellino, can continue with his claims for defamation and the false light in his lawsuit against current RHOC star…

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Author of Notorious ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Files Suit Over Rights to His Werewolf Novella

On August 20, 2020, “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin (“Martin”) filed a lawsuit in California state court against Blackstone Manor LLC over the film rights to his werewolf novella entitled “The Skin Trade.” Martin said Blackstone lost its rights to turn his novella into a film when the company took too long to…

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Huffington Post Did Not Infringe Upon Photograph of Jon Hamm

On September 10, 2020, Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the owner of the Huffington Post, for posting an edited version of the viral photograph Schwartzwald had taken of Mad Men star Jon Hamm in 2013.   The photograph was taken by Schwartzwald prominently depicted the outline of Hamm’s genitals through his…

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Michigan Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With the Presidential General Election rapidly approaching, every Michigan voter should have a plan to vote. Developing a plan to vote increases the likelihood that your ballot will be counted. While this firm cannot and is not providing legal advice, we do offer the following information for Michigan…

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Wisconsin Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With the Presidential General Election rapidly approaching, every Wisconsin voter should have a plan to vote. Developing a plan to vote increases the likelihood that your ballot will be counted. While this firm cannot and is not providing legal advice, we do offer the following information for Wisconsin…

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