Breaking … A federal judge today has denied ABC’s efforts to slow down CBS’ desire for a temporary restraining order to shut down alleged Big Brother rip-off Glass House. ABC now has until 5 PM Monday to file any opposition to the TRO request CBS filed late last night. Once ABC, who had asked for a more expedited schedule on any TRO, file their material, CBS lawyers will likely respond by the next day. All of which means a hearing on the TRO request to shut down production and the June 18 debut of Glass House will likely occur sometime next week. Judge Gary Feess made the ruling (Read it here) in chambers after a series of legal moves on both networks’ parts throughout the day. CBS sued ABC and several former Big Brother producers on May 10 claiming that ABC’s new reality show Glass House is a blatant copyright infringement of their series. ABC has rejected the claims and the two are now locked in a legal battle with the clock ticking.
CBS, in its initial suit, cited copyright infringement, trade-secret misappropriation, unfair competition, breach of contract and conspiracy among other claims. ABC countered by saying that there was “no merit” to CBS’ lawsuit. The two networks have been fighting over the discovery side of the case, going back and forth over who wil share what with who — an approach CBS calls “ABC’s run-out-the-clock strategy.” Meanwhile, ABC has proceeded with announcing the cast for Glass House and running a promo campaign for the series. CBS proceeded with its legal action against Disney as well as the individual producers who once worked on Big Brother and are now on Glass House, which the network claims are in violation of their Big Brother NDAs. Former Big Brother producer Kenny Rosen gave a long deposition to CBS lawyers on June 3, revealing elements that CBS says proves their claims of breach of NDA, copyright infringement and trade-secret misappropriation, . CBS is represented by Scott Edelman, Michael Seitz, Theane Evangelis Kapur and Blaine Evanson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. ABC is represented by Glenn Pomerantz, Jonathan Altman and Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke of Munger, Tolles & Olson.