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Judge Throws Out $70M ‘Columbo’ Verdict, Orders New Trial

The creators of the long-running whodunit series “Columbo” will have to retry a crucial part of their case accusing Universal City Studios of shorting them on profits from the show, after a California judge on Monday upended a $70 million judgment in the creators’ favor…

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Marc Jacobs, Others Can’t Nix Nirvana ‘Happy Face’ IP Claims

A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that Nirvana LLC can go forward with claims that Marc Jacobs ripped off the defunct band’s iconic “happy face” logo and that retailers Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue have sold infringing products created by the designer…

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The Weeknd Can’t Trim Songwriters’ Suit Over ‘A Lonely Night’

A California federal judge shot down an attempt by The Weeknd to trim a suit accusing the Canadian R&B artist of ripping off a song by a trio of British songwriters to make his track “A Lonely Night,” which appeared on his Grammy Award-winning 2016 album “Starboy”…

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​​​​​​​Universal Inks Deal To Exit ‘Spinal Tap’ Suit

The stars of the 1984 mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” announced Tuesday that they have struck a settlement agreement with Vivendi SA subsidiary Universal Music Group Inc., letting the company exit the suit accusing it and others of withholding royalties related to the cult classic…

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