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Netflix Wins Round 1 Over Fox In Executive-Poaching Lawsuit


Netflix has prevailed in the first round of its ongoing legal battle against 20th Century Fox over the “poaching” of two Fox executives and the validity of Fox's fixed-term contracts that prevent its employees from quitting their jobs and going to work for competitors. In a procedural ruling Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg issued a minute order (read it here) upholding a tentative ruling he'd issued earlier this week that denied Fox's motion to… Read


Feds Want ‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller To Get 2.5 Years In Prison For Fraud Case

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Two different unscripted TV hosts had two very different interactions today with the federal government. Ex-Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States while Abby Lee Miller began to find out if she’s going to prison or not – and just how much the U.S. Attorney’s office really wants her behind bars Over a year after she was indicted on 20 counts of fraud and more than six months after a new charge was made of violating cur… Read


Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case Gets Tossed – Again

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Nearly five years after her first Desperate Housewives trial collapsed due to a hung jury, Nicollette Sheridan has suffered another loss as a judge tossed out her latest case. "The Court finds that the Defendant has presented substantial undisputed evidence of the creative decision to kill off Sheridan’s character, developed over several seasons of the show," Judge Holly Kendig wrote in a January 12 ruling granting a motion for summary judgment by Touchstone TV in the… Read


Chris Columbus’ 1492 Facing Counter Suit In Payments Dispute With Ocean Blue – Update

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UPDATED, 10:58 PM: Calling the breach of contract and fraud compliant filed yesterday by Chris Columbus1492 Entertainment ” meritless,” Ocean Blue Entertainment said today that they plan to strike back in the courts themselves soon. Read the company’s full statement here. PREVIOUSLY, January 19: In a case of overhead and obligation, Chris Columbus' 1492 Entertainment today filed a breach of contract and fraud complaint against Ocean Blue Entertainment and its executives… Read


Fox And Netflix’s Executive-Poaching Lawsuit Hits Court


Oral arguments were heard today in a legal battle between media giants 20th Century Fox and Netflix over the right of contracted employees to seek better jobs elsewhere and Fox's right to enforce fixed-term contracts it has with its employees that prevent them from going to work for competitors like Netflix. Last September, Fox sued Netflix for "poaching" two of its executives — Marcos Waltenberg and Tara Flynn – who'd left to join Netflix while still under contract to… Read


Manager Admits He Embezzled $4.8M From Alanis Morissette

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Jonathan Todd Schwartz, an entertainment and sports manager, admitted in court papers today that he embezzled more than $6.5 million from his clients – including $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette. Schwartz, a former partner at GSO Business Management in Sherman Oaks, CA, admitted in a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that he took clients' money for himself and falsified account records to conceal the embezzlement of client funds. He's been charged… Read


Sumner Redstone’s Ex-Companion Asks Court To Appoint Medical Experts To Examine Mogul

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Sumner Redstone's former companion Sydney Holland, who was sued by the media tycoon in October for elder abuse, has filed a motion asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to appoint a panel of medical experts to determine if the 93-year-old billionaire is mentally and physically capable of being deposed in the ongoing legal battle over a large chunk of his vast estate. Redstone sued two of his longtime companions, Holland and Manuela Herzer, claiming that "in the waning… Read


Fox Suffers Likely Motion Loss To Netflix In Ongoing Executive Poaching Lawsuit


A day before the first court hearing in the increasingly bitter battle between 20th Century Fox and Netflix over the streaming service's snagging of two executives under contract to the studio, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has handed Fox and Fox 21 TV Studios a slap of sorts. "The Special Motion to Strike filed by Cross-Defendant 20th Century Fox Film Corporation is denied," read a tentative ruling by Judge Gerald Rosenberg today of Netflix’s pushback against… Read


‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Wants No Jail Time In Fraud Case; Feds Disagree

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Just days before the first part of Abby Lee Miller's sentencing in her multi-million dollar fraud and illegal currency import cases, the Dance Moms host is insisting that the hiding of over $800,000 was all because she became too famous too fast. Miller is also saying she never hurt anyone, she’s been humiliated publicly and she doesn't deserve to be put behind bars –  though the feds really don’t see it that way. "Ms. Miller respectfully requests that the Court impose a… Read


Team Trump Fires Back At Ex-‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s “Absurd” Lawsuit Over His Denial Of Her Sex Assault Claim – Update

Summer Zervos, right, reads a statement alongside her attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday Oct. 14, 2016. Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. Zervos is among several women who have made sexual allegations against the Republican nominee. He has strenuously denied them. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

UPDATE, 3:09 PM: Donald Trump’s transition team has struck back at Gloria Allred and her client Summer Zervos, who sued the President-elect in New York court today. "More of the same from Gloria Allred," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. "There is no truth to this absurd story." PREVIOUS, 1:25 PM: Three days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has been sued by a former contestant on The Apprentice, who in October accused him of sexually assaulting her in a… Read


Johnny Depp Sues Business Managers For $25M Over Fraud

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Like many an actor before him, Johnny Depp believes he has been swindled in the Hollywood accounting shell game — by his own business managers and lawyers. In a lawsuit filed today, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star is going after The Management Group for more than $25 million in a jury-seeking suit alleging fraud and several other claims. “As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been… Read


Ex-HBO Employee Sentenced To 30 Months For Embezzling Nearly $1M


Jennifer Choi, the former HBO talent relations manager who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from the premium cable network, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison and more than $1.2 million in restiutution. The three charges to which she pleaded guilty a year ago – two counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion – carried a maximum prison sentence of 45 years, but U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstad decided to go easy on her, giving her… Read