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Actress Reboots Weinstein Suit To Add Disney, Miramax

Actress Paz de la Huerta on Tuesday refiled a California state court lawsuit accusing former film producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her multiple times, adding Miramax and The Walt Disney Co., as well as Disney’s current chief executive Robert Iger and his predecessor Michael Eisner, as defendants…

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WGA Takes Antitrust War With Talent Agencies Federal

The Writers Guild of America will wage its legal battle against several major talent agencies in federal court, dropping a state-level suit and filing counterclaims on Monday in federal suits brought by the talent shops over the contested practice of agents collecting payments from pairing TV writers with studios…

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‘Grease’ Parody Writers Say Fair Use Is The One They Want

The Georgia-based comedians behind “Vape: The Musical” asked a New York federal court on Friday to declare their play eligible for protection from copyright infringement claims by the creators of “Grease,” claiming their story is a parody of the iconic theatrical production…

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‘Afflicted’ Subjects Sue Netflix For Defamation, Fraud

Netflix Inc. and the production company behind the streaming service‚Äôs “Afflicted” series allegedly tricked the subjects of the documentary into participating and then smeared them as crazy for insisting that they suffer from chronic ailments, according to a suit lodged Wednesday in California state court…

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Showtime Slips Bobby Brown Suit Over Whitney Doc, For Now

A Manhattan federal judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit alleging BBC, Showtime and others improperly used footage of Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown and the former couple’s now-deceased daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in a 2017 documentary about the late singer…

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CAA Piles On To Writers Guild, Becoming 3rd Agency To Sue

Creative Artists Agency on Monday became the latest Hollywood talent shop to accuse the Writers Guild of America of “attempting to restrain competition on a staggering scale” by orchestrating a boycott against payments that agents collect from pairing talent with studios…

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