Friday, August 22, 2014 12:34 PM PT
By IULIA FILIP 

     ORLANDO, Fla. (CN) - A plan by Lionel Richie's former bandmate for a Commodores revival poses no immediate threat to the holder of the original group's trademarks, a federal judge ruled.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     MARSHALL, Texas (CN) - Patent-infringement claims against Wal-Mart's Vudu streaming service will move forward, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAVID LEE 

     MARSHALL, Texas (CN) - Comedy podcaster Adam Carolla has settled heated patent claims that a Texas company brought over its digital playlist technology.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Gawker must face a class action lawsuit from its former unpaid interns until an appellate court sorts out whether another media company's similar practices violated U.S. labor law in a different case, a federal judge ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Clean Slate, a fictional hacking program featured in "The Dark Knight Rises," does not infringe on a trademark for a similarly named real-world computer security program, the 7th Circuit ruled. 

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Major League Baseball's and the National Hockey League's antitrust exemptions do not extend to TV broadcast rights, a federal judge ruled, refusing to dismiss a class action from fans who say broadcasters' anticompetitive rules prevent them from watching, or force them to pay more, to watch "out-of-market" games. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Websites sharing a high-quality pirate copy of Lions Gate's upcoming action movie "Expendables 3" must stop doing so, a federal judge ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge vacated an order that found an Egyptian man's copyright infringement claims against Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" are barred under a legal doctrine used to dismiss unreasonably delayed lawsuits. 

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge ruled Disney must face claims that its trailer for the animated movie "Frozen" infringed the copyright of another movie. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A pilot who claims he had an affair with actor John Travolta can fight the validity of a confidentiality agreement in order to write a kiss-and-tell book, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday. 

By JOE HARRIS 

     ST. LOUIS (CN) - The St. Louis Art Museum will get to keep a painted mask of an ancient Egyptian noblewoman that was the center of a 3-year legal battle between the museum and the United States government.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Cablevision should not have been let off the hook for firing their "only African-American operations manager" before a federal jury heard his discrimination claims, the 2nd Circuit ruled on Friday. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - Nintendo can transfer a patent infringement lawsuit against it to Washington state, where documents, executives and witnesses are, a federal judge ruled. 

By JOE HARRIS 

     ST. LOUIS (CN) - An actor who fired live gunshot rounds into a crowd during a charity event, and then lied to the police about it, was properly convicted, the 8th Circuit ruled. 

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - To satisfy George Clinton's nearly $2 million legal bill, a receiver can sell the copyrights to several songs by the funk legend, the 9th Circuit ruled Monday. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Aereo, a service that lets subscribers watch broadcast television online, infringes on the copyrights owned by the networks, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The TNT show "Cold Justice" defamed a man by portraying him as a prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, he claims in a Tennessee lawsuit.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Hip-hop impresario James "Jas" Prince claims in court that Cash Money Records owes him millions of dollars in royalties for recordings by Drake (Aubrey Graham), whom Prince claims to have discovered.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A contestant on "Dating Naked" claims in court that despite Viacom's promise that frontal and genital nudity would be blurred on the show, she was "shocked, horrified and outraged" to see that "her vagina and anus ... were fully exposed to all viewers" as she wrestled with her date.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Criminal Minds" actor Thomas Gibson dumped his longtime manager without paying him commissions, the manager claims in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Brooke Sheen made her "personal assistant" work as a drug mule and babysit her children while she got "wasted" and engaged in "multiple sex acts ... literally under the noses of her children," the actress's former employee claimed in court Wednesday.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A photographer sued Justin Bieber and his bodyguard Wednesday, claiming the bodyguard assaulted him at a beach in Hawaii late last year, on Bieber's orders.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former editor claims in court that People Magazine is "a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people who intentionally focus the magazine on stories involving white people and white celebrities."

By IULIA FILIP 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes billions of dollars by helping "an army of counterfeiters" sell fake products, Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves St. Laurent and others claim in Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The company behind Zooey Deschanel's comedy film "Eulogy" breached a 7-year-old settlement agreement by failing to pay a German film financier more than $500,000, the German company claims in court.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A Canadian reality TV show producer claims in court that the Oprah Winfrey Network's new show "Wingmen," about the owners of a food truck selling stuffed chicken wings, violates its trademark on a show about the founder of Canada's leading chicken wing franchise.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Jeffrey Davies needs to do more to persuade a federal court that the band violates copyrights on several songs, after a judge on Monday ruled in favor of front man Anton Newcombe. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A former television host on an Alki David chat show has sued his ex-boss in a lawsuit for assault and battery, claiming that a bodyguard choked him during an on-air stunt that went awry.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - Two Hologram companies claim Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films violated patents to create a hologram of Homer Simpson for a "highly publicized panel discussion" with Homer's creator, Matt Groening, at this year's Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

By IZZY KAPNICK 


     PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CN) - Executives from special effects powerhouse Digital Domain duped Gov. Charlie Crist and other Florida politicians into awarding the company a $20 million grant as it descended into bankruptcy, Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity claims in court.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Donald Trump asked a state court to light a fire under an ethics commission that failed to respond to - or even to acknowledge - his allegations of misconduct against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

By KEVIN KOENINGER 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Photographer David LaChapelle claims in court that his fired manager owes him more than $2.8 million from sales of his work.

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The owner of the New York Islanders hockey team backed out on a deal to sell the NHL team for $420 million, the frustrated buyer claims in a lawsuit that wants to sale to go through - or at least the $10 million breakup fee.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Donors claim in court that anti-whaling activist Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society took donations from them under false pretenses, by intentionally sinking the ship they gave to the cause and then blaming Japanese whalers, to solicit more donations.

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A class action accuses Neiman Marcus of deceiving consumers by labeling clothes for sale at its Last Call discount stores with tags comparing the prices to traditional Neiman Marcus stores - though the clothes were never offered for sale there.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - Time Warner Cable sent a married mother of two monthly statements under the porn name "Big Boobs Chelsea," she claims in court.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - A man who recovered from his son's killing by a drunken driver by making an educational video about drunk driving claims an online traffic school is using the film for its own profit, though it knows he owns the rights to it.

By DAVID LEE 

     (CN) - A violent bull escaped from its pen at a Nebraska rodeo and struck a beauty pageant contestant, throwing her into the air and injuring her, the woman claims in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Robert Redford has sued New York state, contesting its tax assessment of $1.6 million from the sale of his company's part-ownership of the Sundance Channel.

From RECODE 

     You Tube has already explained why it is launching a music subscription service. And now we know why YouTube thinks you might pay for its music subscription service: It will have stuff you can't get from other music subscription services. Read more from re/code.

From RECODE 

     Hulu, redux: The music labels that own Vevo, the music video site, aren't going to sell the property, after all. The decision to yank the site off the market, first reported by the New York Post, mirrors the yes-we'll-sell-no-we-won't moves made by Hulu and its joint venture partners. Read more from re/code.

From AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW 

     Village Roadshow boss Graham Burke has rejected a suggestion from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that entertainment companies should sue illegal downloaders to curb internet piracy. Read more at the Australian Financial Review.

From DEADLINE 

     With little more than three weeks left in the legislative session, Kevin De Leon is demanding big changes to efforts to expand California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. Read more from Deadline.

From TV NEWS CHECK 

     Local TV broadcasters have shifted into high gear with digital advertising efforts, driving an estimated all-time high of nearly $3 billion in new ad revenue for stations this year, according to new research commissioned by the Television Bureau of Advertising. Read more from TV News Check.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     DreamWorks Animation shares fell 9 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the studio revealed an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and reported continued quarterly losses and higher film production costs. Read more from The New York Times.

From BBC 

     The Lords Home Affairs EU Sub-Committee also said it was wrong to give search engines such as Google the job of deciding what should be removed. Read more from BBC.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Amazon.com Inc. said its dispute with Hachette Book Group is part of an initiative to lower digital-book prices and boost income for authors. Read more from Bloomberg.

From GIGAOM 

     Flickr announced Tuesday that it too is expanding into the image licensing game, allowing photographers who upload their images to sell them through a newly-created Flickr Marketplace. Read more from Gigaom.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     In what might be yet another sign that Marvel should begin to fret that the U.S. Supreme Court could review a massive superhero rights dispute, the respected attorney Tom Goldstein is now co-representing Jack Kirby's family members. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     People can complete all sorts of tasks with a smartphone now - order tickets, check the weather or call a taxi. With the Pirate Bay's new website, people will also be able to easily steal copyrighted content on their mobile phones. Read more from The New York Times.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Amazon.com Inc. began accepting pre-orders of Warner Bros. DVDs as the companies moved closer to resolving a dispute over pricing, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Read more from Bloomberg.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     Under a new chief executive, Gary Knell, and his newly appointed editor in chief, Susan Goldberg, the Society and its flagship publication are picking up the pace, speeding the Society's transformation into a 21st-century media organization. Read more from The Washington Post.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     The singer-songwriter argues that a federal copyright law preempts Claudette Robinson's claim of being entitled to a share of his big hits. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     The Hallmark Channel and its sister network Hallmark Movie Channel are doing so well they should get congratulation cards from their namesake. Read more from Los Angeles Times.