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THE GRINCH HAS NOT STOLEN CHRISTMAS, YET

On June 26, 2018, the Second Circuit began to listen to arguments regarding the summary judgment decision issued in September of 2017 finding that “Who’s Holiday!” a parody of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, was protected by the doctrine of fair use. Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP (“Seuss”) has appealed a summary judgment issued by U.S….

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DR. DRE AND JIMMY IOVINE TO PAY $25.25 MILLION TO STEVE LAMAR OVER BEATS

On June 27, 2018, a California jury awarded entrepreneur Steven Lamar $25.25 million to by paid by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to Lamar for his part in producing the first model of the popular “Beats” headphones. This was the end of a three-week trial after four years of litigation. It took the jurors three…

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COURT DENIES ALIBABA’S REQUEST FOR DISMISSAL

On June 14, 2018, a California federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a class action brought by Indiana artists alleging that a company called Alibaba Group Holdings allowed copyright infringers to illegally reproduce the artwork of the Indiana artists on Alibaba’s website. The judge called the motion to dismiss a “waste of paper.” In…

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NY JUDGE ISSUES 89 PAGE RULING AGAINST REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER OVER WHITEWASHING 5POINTZ MURAL

On June 13, 2018, New York U.S. District Judge Frederic Block issued an 89-page detailed explanation to why he denied New York City real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff a new trial. The opinion stated that Wolkoff “lied, was reckless and irresponsible” and demonstrated “egregious behavior” in court. Judge Bloc called the whitewashing “an act of…

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MAN STRUCK BY AX SUES FOX

On June 14, 2018, Jeffrey Prosperie, who was struck by an ax by “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth while shooting an episode of “Fox & Friends,” has filed a lawsuit in New York court against Pete Hegseth and Fox (including Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, Fox Entertainment, and “Fox & Friends”) for negligence. On June 14,…

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PEPSI MUST FACE SUPER BOWL AD LAWSUIT

On June 4, 2018, U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti in the Southern District of New York refused to dismiss a Connecticut advertising agency’s claim that Pepsi stole a pitch for a Super Bowl ad that it had made to Pepsi in 2017. PepsiCo Inc. signed a three-year preliminary agreement in 2014 with Betty Inc….

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COPYRIGHT SUIT OVER TIMBERLAKE SAMPLE REVIVED

On June 5, 2018, the 2nd Circuit revived a copyright infringement suit against Justin Timberlake and others in connection with the song “Suit & Tie,” and J. Cole’s song “Chaining Day,” brought by the members of “Sly Slick & Wicked”, over their song “Sho ‘Nuff.” The songwriters 2016 lawsuit was dismissed by a New York…

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DR. DRE AND LOVINE FACING $107 MILLION SUIT OVER BEATS

On June 7, 2018, Businessman Steven Lamar told a California jury his story of how he created Beats by Dre, the popular headphones that made Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine extraordinarily rich. Lamar claims that Beats was his idea and that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were only meant to be “celebrity endorsements.” He further…

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PARAMOUNT RELEASED FROM LIABILITY OVER IRON MAN IP SUIT

On June 6, 2018, Paramount Pictures was dismissed from a copyright infringement suit that claimed they, along with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment and others involved in the making of Avenger films, copied designs in creating the armor used for Iron Man. Horizon Comic Production Inc. agreed to drop its claim against Paramount after U.S. District Judge…

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THE SHAPE OF WATER MAY BE FACING DEEP WATER

On June 4, 2018, attorneys for David Zindel (son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Zindel) argued that Guillermo del Toro’s film “The Shape of Water” has “substantial similarities” to his father’s 1969 play “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” and that dismissing the suit was not justified. Zindel contends both stories, “The Shape of Water” and…

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