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March 2011 Archives

Supreme Court to decide whether Wal-Mart class-action discrimination case can proceed

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that will ask the court to stop an employee discrimination lawsuit from proceeding against the company on a class-action track. Several former and current female employees brought a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart in 2001, and they are seeking to pursue the lawsuit on behalf of all former and current female employees of Wal-Mart, which could mean up to 1.6 million plaintiffs.

Government downsizing impacting commercial real estate market

State, local and federal agencies are focused at the moment on downsizing and cutting costs. They may be laying off workers or simply moving to smaller spaces, but the downsizing is leading to government agencies seeking to lease a decreased total square footage of office space, which is impacting the struggling commercial real estate market across the U.S.

Class action lawsuit filed against Neflix accuses company of violating customer privacy

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Netflix by a former customer that accuses the company of violating business and consumer protection laws. The former customer filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of himself and others. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., the lawsuit claims that the company violates privacy laws by retaining information on a person's viewing habits and viewing history even after a person has canceled their subscription with Netflix.

Charlie Sheen does not want arbitrator to decide his case: Part 2

Charlie Sheen is currently embroiled in a fight with those who hired him and later fired him from the number one comedy on T.V., "Two and a Half Men." Sheen is suing Warner Bros. and the show's co-creator, Chuck Lorre, claiming wrongful termination. As discussed in the previous post, the case looks like it is headed for private arbitration, a development that would be better for the defendants, but would not offer much leverage to Sheen.

Charlie Sheen does not want arbitrator to decide his case: Part 1

Charlie Sheen is currently suing his former employer, Warner Bros., because he says he was wrongfully fired from television's top comedy, "Two and a Half Men." Sheen was fired after publicly ranting against his employers and going through personal problems that his bosses say were interfering with his work. 

Supreme Court to hear important copyright case

An interesting and important copyright case will soon come before the U.S. Supreme Court. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, the case will hold implications for artistic works created during the early to mid-1900s. The issue at hand concerns whether these copyrighted works should be part of the public domain or not. Right now, the works are considered under copyright, but the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which the plaintiff's argue that the works should be released to the public domain.

Golden Globes lawsuit will be presented at trial

A lawsuit regarding the rights to the Golden Globes may go to trial this fall after a Judge refused to throw it out in a tentative ruling. The show's producer, Dick Clark Productions, sought to dismiss the breach of contract suit that was brought by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the award show's coordinator. The Hollywood Foreign Press' complaint claimed that the producer sold broadcast rights for the show to NBC through the year 2018 without the requisite permission.

Real-life maid files intellectual property lawsuit against author of 'The Help'

In another case of allegedly misappropriated identity, a real-life maid has sued the author of the novel, "The Help," claiming that the author used her likeness and name for one of the two main characters in the book without her permission. Ablene Cooper works for author Kathryn Stockett's brother and sister-in-law. Cooper says that Stockett's brother and sister-in-law support her lawsuit.

Hulk Hogan about to body slam another intellectual property infringer

Last year, Hulk Hogan sued Post Foods for using his likeness to sell cereal. A commercial for the cereal featured the defeat of a character named "Hulk Boulder" by Bam-Bam, the baby from the Flintstones. Hulk Boulder resembled Hulk Hogan with his long blond hair and Fu Manchu mustache and was humiliated by his trouncing by a baby. Hogan reached a settlement in the case.

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