Judge Dismisses Magazine’s Trademark Claims Against Netflix’s Tiger King Docuseries

Judge Dismisses Magazine’s Trademark Claims Against Netflix’s Tiger King Docuseries

By Steven T. Lowe / April 27, 2021

On December 9, 2020, Judge Mark C. Scarsi of the U.S. District Court of California threw out trademark claims brought by a magazine against the producers of Netflix’s hit documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Hollywood Weekly Magazine and its founder and publisher claimed that the publication coined the mark “Tiger King” in…

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Sugar Daddy Dating Sites Battle It Out in Trademark Lawsuit

By Steven T. Lowe / March 4, 2021

Seeking Arrangement (Seeking.com), a popular dating service that connects men and women who are looking for an arrangement, filed a lawsuit against a competing dating site—Successful Match (SuccessfulMatch.com). Seeking Arrangement alleges that Successful Match appropriated trademarked phrases that the dating service has used on its website for years. The targeted phrases include “mutually beneficial relationships”…

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

By Steven T. Lowe / December 29, 2020

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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Fortnite Game Developer Doesn’t Miss A Beat in “Running Man” Dance IP Victory

By Steven T. Lowe / July 22, 2020

On May 29, 2020, Judge Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a lawsuit that accused the creators behind the popular video game, “Fortnite,” of appropriating the “running man” dance without permission from the former University of Maryland students who came up with the viral trend. In…

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Live Nation Can’t Shake Lawsuit Over Female Artist Country Music Festival

By Steven T. Lowe / July 14, 2020

On May 14, 2020, Live Nation failed to convince a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to dismiss a $25 million-dollar lawsuit in which concert organizers claimed that Live Nation stole their idea for a country music festival with an all-female lineup. In a complaint filed in…

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Jay-Z, Timbaland, and Numerous Record Labels Obtain a Technical Triumph in Copyright Suit

By Steven T. Lowe / July 10, 2020

On April 16, 2020, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed a musician’s lawsuit against artists Jay-Z and Timbaland for unlawfully using parts of the plaintiff’s soul song, finding fatal flaws in the complaint. In the lawsuit filed on May 18, 2019, musician Ernie…

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Steinbeck Family Battle Appealed to Supreme Court

By Steven T. Lowe / June 26, 2020

On March 10, 2020, John Steinbeck’s heirs filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court concerning a decades-long battle over creative rights to the author’s literary works. In taking up the fight, the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (“CSEL”), a non-profit organization of attorneys representing creative professionals in the entertainment industry, also submitted an amicus…

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Sweet James is Anything But In Accusing Rival Firm of Brand Theft.

By Steven T. Lowe / June 23, 2020

On April 24, 2020, a leading personal injury law firm in Southern California brought a suit against a rival firm based in Beverly Hills for stealing and misusing its registered “Sweet James” trademark online. In the complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, plaintiff Sweet James LLP accused…

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No Justice For Filmmaker in Copyright Clash with Apple

By Steven T. Lowe / June 19, 2020

In yet another casualty for creative professionals in 2020, on May 28, 2020, United States District Court Judge John F. Walter of the Central District of California dismissed a filmmaker’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple and M. Night Shyamalan in connection with the Apple TV+ series, “Servant.” Notwithstanding overwhelming similarities between the two works at…

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Ex-Met Strikes Out in New York Court

By Steven T. Lowe / June 16, 2020

On May 29, 2020, New York State Court Judge, Robert D. Kalish, tossed retired professional baseball star Lenny Dykstra’s defamation suit against former teammate, Ron Darling, finding that an unsavory depiction of Dykstra in Darling’s recent book couldn’t further besmirch Dykstra’s “already tarnished reputation.” In July 2019, Dykstra filed and in September 2019, later amended…

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