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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Shooter stuntman settles lawsuit over injury from Tom Sizemore SUV accident
Stuntman Steve de Castro had accused Sizemore of being intoxicated while filming the USA show's scene, which found him pinned under an SUV.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Pastor sues Oprah Winfrey, alleging Greenleaf was ripped off
Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie and Shannan Lynette Wynn claim in their lawsuit that they pitched a megachurch drama to OWN, titled Justice & Glory, in 2014. Their lawsuit is seeking damages in the six figures.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Brewery is accused of infringing on Breaking Bad's trademark with its "Breaking Bud" beer
Sony TV has filed suit against Knee Deep Brewing, claiming the company is using Breaking Bad's name, identity and logo to sell its beer. "Simply put, rather than investing the time, effort and resources necessary to establish their own reputation and identity, Defendants have instead opted to hijack the famous brand identity" of Breaking Bad, Sony says in its lawsuit.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Morgan Spurlock insists his #MeToo confession didn't breach his TNT deal to make a docuseries on women's issues
Turner is looking to recover funds for the women-focused Who Rules the World? that Spurlock was producing before he admitted to sexual misconduct in his past. But Spurlock says his deal didn't contain a morals clause.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Steve Harvey's talk show sued by fitness model
Dominique Collier alleges she was demeaned on Harvey's show. She thought she would be highlighted as a single professional mom. But when she showed up in a conservative outfit, producers put her in a halter top and form-fitting skirt.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Zooey Deschanel settles legal fight with ex-manager
The New Girl star's previous management company sued claiming it was owed commission from her TV and movie work, as well as her website Hello Giggles. Deschanel responded with a cross-complaint, with a trial was scheduled for July.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Joey Lawrence settles his bankruptcy case
The former Blossom star will pay a fraction of the $355,517.27 he owes his creditors.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
A YouTuber's reimagining of Mister Rogers was hit with a copyright claim
The Fred Rogers Company wants producer Adi Shanker to take down his video, Mister Rogers: A War Hero, which reimagines the PBS kids show host as an Army veteran. But Shanker says the video falls under fair use.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Duffer Brothers are said to have proof they didn't rip off Stranger Things
TMZ reports that emails from 2010 and 2014 and a Google document from 2013 could help the Duffers prevail in the lawsuit filed by filmmaker Charlie Kessler.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Real-life judge rules that Judge Judy's big salary of $47 million per year isn't too much
A judge sided with CBS against a talent agency's claim that it wasn't getting its fair share of Judge Judy's profits.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Black-ish copyright lawsuit appears to be headed to trial
A judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Black-ish creator Kenya Barris by his former writing partner Bryan Barber, who alleges that they originally developed ideas for the ABC comedy in 2006 for VH1.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld has three reasons why the lawsuit accusing him of stealing Comedians in Cars is baseless
In court documents filed in response to Christian Charles' lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Seinfeld notes that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuted in 2012, outside the three-year statute of limitations for copyright claims. He also points out that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has too generic a premise to claim ownership, pointing to similar shows like Carpool Karaoke and Jay Leno's Garage. Finally, Seinfeld notes that he filed the copyright for his pilot episode 10 days before Charles filed his own copyright for Comedians in Cars Going for Coffee.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment settlements have been made public, revealing how he silenced his accusers
A New York judge denied O'Reilly's request to keep several of the agreements confidential. According to The New York Times, the documents "show that two women who reached settlements, Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Gomez Diamond, were required to turn over all evidence, including audio recordings and diaries, to Mr. O’Reilly. In addition, Ms. Mackris was required to disclaim the materials 'as counterfeit and forgeries' if they ever became public." Diamond, Mackris and Rachel Wittlieb filed a defamation lawsuit, alleging that Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and O'Reilly defamed their character by accusing them of lying.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Duffer Brothers respond to plagiarism lawsuit over Stranger Things, calling it "completely meritless"
"Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless,” said the Duffer Brothers attorney, Alex Kohner, responding to Charlie Kessler's lawsuit claiming the Duffers ripped off his 2012 short film Montauk. “He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.” ALSO: TMZ says it obtained an August 2015 casting call for "the Netflix series 'Montauk.'"
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Stranger Things will be part of Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights"
The Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy collaborated to build Stranger Things-themed mazes at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore. ALSO: Explaining Montauk, the Long Island town at the center of the Stranger Things lawsuit.