Los Angeles Superior Court

  1. Rod Stewart's Agent, Lawyer Win Appeal

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A California appeals court has overturned a $1.6 million judgment against Rod Stewart's attorneys and agents, but affirmed a judgment for $780,000 in deposits received for a 2002 tour that never occurred. The decision follows an appeal from a ...

  2. Rapper Snoop Avoids Jail In L.A. Drug, Gun Case

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg entered a surprise no-contest plea to gun and drug charges on Wednesday and was given a three-year suspended sentence that will spare him jail time. The 35-year-old rap star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was also sentenced ...

  3. Court Awards k.d. lang $1.9M

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A California court has awarded k.d. lang $1.9 million in a default judgment against her former business manager, Annabel Lapp. The Grammy-winning singer sued Lapp and her Annabel Lapp Group in 2005 , claiming that the business manager misappropria ...

  4. Brandy Hit With $50 Million Wrongful Death Suit

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST The parents of a woman killed in a freeway crash involving Brandy sued the actress-singer for $50 million Tuesday (Jan. 30). The wrongful-death suit claims Brandy was driving recklessly when her Land Rover struck the back of a Honda driven by Awat ...

  5. Judge Dismisses Spears' Libel Suit Vs. Us Weekly

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST A California judge has dismissed a libel suit brought by Britney Spears accusing Us Weekly magazine of fabricating a story about a sexually explicit video the pop star and her husband made together. A California judge has dismissed a libel suit br ...

  6. Shareholder Sues Over Univision Sale

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Filing alleges Univision board of selling at an unfair price. A shareholder has filed a proposed class action suit against Univision Communications, trying to stop the acquisition of the company by a group of private equity investors. The suit, fi ...

  7. Young MC Busts A Lawsuit On Publisher

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Claims Varry White Music failed to pay royalties. Young MC has filed a lawsuit against music publishing company Varry White Music, Inc., for failing to pay royalties for songs the rapper wrote. The compositions were penned for his at-the-time Deli ...

  8. Pryor Sues UMG Over Sales

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Comedian Richard Pryor has sued Universal Music Group for allegedly marketing and selling 11 of his recordings without having the license to do so. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Comedian Richard Pryor has sued Universal Music Group for a ...

  9. WGAW, Reality Staffers Sue For Back Wages

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Writers' Guild of America West has helped a second group of reality television writers and editors to file a class-action suit to further their organizing goals and win back alleged lost wages, it LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  10. Leonard Cohen Sues Former Manager

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen sued his longtime manager Aug. 15 for allegedly defrauding the legendary composer of at least $5 million. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Leonard Cohen sued his longtime manager Aug. 15 for allegedly defrauding the legendary ...

  11. Leonard Cohen Sues Business Manager

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Complaint states Lynch 'stole' over $5M. Leonard Cohen sued his longtime business manager Monday (Aug. 15) for allegedly defrauding the legendary composer of at least $5 million. The complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks da ...

  12. Limp Bizkit Insurer Denies Liability

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An insurance company that issued a policy for rock band Limp Bizkit is asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to rule it has no liability for any damages awarded as the result of a teenage fan's de LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An insurance company ...

  13. Sony Settles Suit Over Fake Critic

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony Pictures pays for the brief but quotable career of fictional film critic David Manning. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The brief but quotable career of fictional film critic David Manning officially came to an end after a Los Angeles ...

  14. Former Doors Drummer Wins Suit Against Bandmates

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Profits turned over to original partnership. The former drummer for The Doors won a permanent injunction on Friday preventing his bandmates from using the rock group's name while touring with a revamped version of the legendary 1960s act. The ...

  15. Disney To Pay Wolf 'Rabbit' Royalties

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Walt Disney Co. must pay "Roger Rabbit" creator Gary Wolf at least $180,000 in underreported royalties, but the company prevailed on the larger issue of whether gross receipts must include the val LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  16. Slesingers File Appeal In Pooh Case Dismissal

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than a year after they were thrown out of court, the Winnie the Pooh rights holders appealed the dismissal of their case May 25, saying that it was an unprecedented abuse of power by the judge. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- More tha ...

  17. Karaoke Producer Sues Competitors

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Karaoke music producer Sybersound Records has filed suit in the United States and Canada against a number of other karaoke record manufacturers, alleging unfair competition, unfair trade practices and NEW YORK -- Karaoke music producer Sybersound ...

  18. Producers Say Guild Strategy To Clean Up Credits Works

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Producers Guild of America's campaign to enforce accuracy in credits has started to achieve the desired results without resorting to arbitrations or lawsuits, the organizers said April 12. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Produ ...

  19. Academy Sues Oscar Ticket Sellers

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Three ticket brokers have been sued for allegedly reselling nontransferable Academy Awards tickets for as much as $30,000 a pair, attorneys said March 31. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Three ticket brokers have been sued for allegedly re ...

  20. Activision, Viacom Settle 'Trek' Suit

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Activision and Viacom Consumer Products have settled a lawsuit over the "Star Trek" franchise. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Activision and Viacom Consumer Products have settled a lawsuit over the "Star Trek" franchise. Videogame ...

  21. Jury Toons Up For 'Roger,' Disney Trial

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The trial got under way March 15 in a case that pits "Roger Rabbit" creator Gary Wolf against the Walt Disney Co. over royalties, accounting and the definition of gross receipts. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The trial got unde ...

  22. W/C Hit With Suit Over Sonny & Cher Royalties

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties. NEW YORK -- Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties. The complaint, fi ...

  23. W/C Hit With Suit Over Sonny & Cher Royalties

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties. Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties. The complaint, filed yesterda ...

  24. Nestl Loses Non-Celeb Photo Case

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A $15 million jury verdict against Nesté USA has signaled that even noncelebrities can be awarded a percentage of profits under a California law that prevents the unauthorized use of a person's liken (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A $15 million ...

  25. Spector's Troubles Continue

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Slain woman's mother files wrongful death suit. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock producer Phil Spector, who faces trial later this year charged with the 2003 murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, was sued for wrongful death Thursday by the sla ...

  26. Snoop Sued Over Assault Claim

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST An Emmy-winning makeup artist has sued rapper Snoop Dogg, the ABC network and its "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show for $25 million, claiming she was drugged and raped backstage at the show by the hip-hop star An Emmy-winning makeup artist has su ...

  27. Snoop Sued Over Assault Claim

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Make-up artist seeks $25M. An Emmy-winning makeup artist has sued rapper Snoop Dogg, the ABC network and its "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show for $25 million, claiming she was drugged and raped backstage at the show by the hip-hop star and his a ...

  28. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  29. Marvel Sues Disney To Reclaim Copyrights

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Marvel Enterprises Inc. has escalated its royalty dispute with the Walt Disney Co. by suing to reclaim the copyrights for Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men and other characters that appear on (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Marvel Enterprises ...

  30. Court Vacates Ovitz Arbitration Award

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Ovitz will not be able to collect a $3.6 million arbitration award against Cathy Schulman, former president of his film company, because the arbitrator did not disclose a conflict of interest, (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Michael Ovitz will ...

  31. Lawsuit Targets Petty's 'Last DJ'

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Action alleges contract breach, fraud. Tom Petty has been hit with a bad-faith lawsuit over the origins of the album and single "The Last DJ" (Warner Bros.). The suit, filed Oct. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, names Petty, KLOS-FM Radi ...

  32. L.A. DJ Sues Station For Wrongful Termination

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Claims involve knowledge of alleged payola at KJLH. A Los Angeles DJ is suing his former radio station and its owners for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired after learning of alleged "payola"-type practices. The suit, filed toda ...

  33. Fox Wins Round Two of Reality Boxing Bout

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A judge gave the second round to Twentieth Century Fox in a legal fight over competing boxing reality shows. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- A judge gave the second round to Twentieth Century Fox in a legal fight over competing boxing reality shows. ...

  34. MPAA Sues DVD Chip Makers

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. of America has filed two separate breach-of-contract lawsuits against chip makers Sigma Designs and MediaTek. LOS ANGELES -- The Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) has filed two separate breach-of-contract lawsuits aga ...

  35. Saul Zaentz Sues New Line Over "Lord Of The Rings"

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Saul Zaentz Co. has filed against New Line Cinema, seeking more than $20 million in unpaid compensation from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The suit was filed Aug. 18 in the Los Angeles Superior NEW YORK -- The Saul Zaentz Co. has ...

  36. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl NEW YORK -- Songwriter Giuseppe &quo ...

  37. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withhold ...

  38. Songwriter Slaps EMI Pub With Suit

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" ...

  39. Songwriter Slaps EMI Pub With Suit

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Action claims company withheld royalties. Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out ...

  40. Great White Leader Sues Ex-Publicist For Libel

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jack Russell, leader of Great White, has filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against Charrie Foglio, a former publicist for the band. NASHVILLE -- Jack Russell, leader of Great White, has filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against Charrie F ...

  41. Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 Trillion In 2008

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The global entertainment and media industries generated revenues of $1.23 trillion in 2003, and that figure is expected to grow to $1.67 trillion by 2008, according to a new study issued by PriceWater Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 T ...

  42. Great White's Russell Sues Ex-Publicist

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jack Russell, leader of the band Great White, today (June 30) filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against Charrie Foglio, a former publicist for the band. Jack Russell, leader of the band Great White, today (June 30) filed a multimillion-dollar ...

  43. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  44. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three subsidiaries of New York-based American International Group Inc. (AIG): American Home Assurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pitts UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case NIP ...

  45. Leiber, Stoller Sue Loeb & Loeb

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller have filed suit against the Los Angeles law firm of Loeb & Loeb and attorney John Frankenheimer for breach of contract and legal malpractice. LOS ANGELES -- Songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stolle ...

  46. Los Tucanes Settle With Ex-Bandmember

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A confidential settlement has been reached between the manager and members of Los Tucanes de Tijuana and former accordionist and founding member Joel Higuera. MIAMI -- A confidential settlement has been reached between the manager and members of L ...

  47. Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. Congress has only about three weeks left to wrap up its entire legislative calendar. This includes top priorities such as deliberations on Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills Hea ...

  48. Olsen Twins Sue Acclaim Over Game Payments

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Entertaining twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are suing video-game publisher Acclaim Entertainment, claiming nonpayment of game royalties. NEW YORK--Entertaining twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are suing video-game publisher Acclaim Entertainment ...

  49. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  50. Sophie Hawkins: Money Not The Issue

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sophie B. Hawkins won a $346 judgment in a Santa Monica (Calif.) court April 13 against an eBay merchant who sold promotional copies of her new CD "Wilderness," which is not due in record stores until NASHVILLE and LOS ANGELES--For Sophi ...

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