Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:28 AM PT
By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     ASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The Ninth Circuit refused Tuesday to revive a class action accusing Fender, Gibson and other guitar manufacturers of conspiring to fix prices. 

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge partly dismissed a complaint accusing Sony Entertainment of infringing an Italian company's trademark rights by featuring the company's name in two "Gran Turismo" video games. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) - DreamWorks, Disney, Sony and six other visual-effects studios for a second time cannot escape a class action accusing them of illegally conspiring to suppress wages. 

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Two companies settled a lawsuit this week over claims that a popular, mobile shooting game app was "an obvious rip-off" of another game. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Chevrons and zigzag designs on cheerleading uniforms qualify for copyright protection because they are identifiable independent of the dress - just like Piet Mondrian's paintings are distinct from Yves St. Laurent's Mondrian collection, the Sixth Circuit ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN  

     CHICAGO (CN) - A man's arrest for murder was supported by probable cause, even if it also served as an exciting finale for a police reality show, the Seventh Circuit ruled. 

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Developers of the popular "Warcraft" video game series cannot intervene in a copyright lawsuit between fellow developers, a federal judge has ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - The Massachusetts woman behind "The Night Circus" must share future earnings from the best-selling novel with her ex-husband, a state appeals court ruled. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Las Vegas' enormous Cosmopolitan Casino will pay $9.75 million to settle employees' federal class action on overtime pay. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Bill Cosby must answer questions under oath regarding allegations from a woman who says the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge on Monday tentatively rejected a filmmaker's claims that actress Elizabeth Banks copied his screenplay for her comedy film "Walk of Shame."

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - An aspiring rapper who wrote lyrics aimed at two high school-aged rape victims cannot avoid criminal-threat charges by arguing that his speech was protected, a California appeals court ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A federal judge fined talk radio host Barbra Alexander $300,000 for a multimillion-dollar securities fraud, on top of the 9-year prison sentence she got last year. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner will not go to prison for tax evasion, the Seventh Circuit ruled, citing his "overwhelming" record of charity. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge reduced the $7.4 million "Blurred Lines" verdict against Pharrell Williams by $2.1 million, but ruled that Marvin Gaye's family is entitled to 50 percent of future royalties. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     TYLER, Texas (CN) - A federal judge set aside a $533 million judgment against Apple and granted it a new trial on damages alone in Smartflash's copyright claims involving iTunes. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater cannot collect on an insurance claim he filed after his film archives was destroyed by a wildfire, a Texas appeals court ruled. 

By COURTNEY WALTERS 

     ATLANTA (CN) - A Georgia cop planted bogus cocaine in a law-abiding woman's car to arrest and defame her for an episode of the television show "Cops," she claims in court.

By JULIE BAKER-DENNIS  

     SAN MATEO, Calif. (CN) - A philanthropic gamemaker claims in court that Sony swiped its "Gaming for Good" platform to make its PlayStation Heroes game.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Snoop Dogg is violating copyright by making unauthorized sequels to a movie about an Atlanta drug dealer and distributing them on his movie streaming service, a film company claims in Federal Court.

By JONNY BONNER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Stoner of the Year" comedian Doug Benson claims his ex-partners handed off the rights to a company behind the marijuana-centric documentary "Super High Me," jeopardizing his "carefully cultivated career."

By TIM RYAN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - An open government advocacy group is seeking the release of Justice Department documents related to its opposition to a New York Times bestseller about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

By CHRIS FRY 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Two partners in the Blue Man Group claim in court that the troupe's management company "failed to collect millions of dollars of royalties" and neglected to pay them for years.

By GINA CARRANO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A man accused of trying to extort $12 million from Jessica Simpson slapped the former pop star with his own fraud claims across the country.

By TIM RYAN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A Washington mother says a circus' apparent support of animal rights made her purchase tickets to a July show, even though she normally avoids circuses.

By CAROLINA SPARKS 

     (CN) - A former employee of Cash Money Records founder Birdman claims in court that the rap mogul failed to pay him for the overtime he was routinely asked to work.

By TIM RYAN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A Maryland man claims in court that the rapper Wale punched him in the face at a Washington club after the two got in an argument over Twitter.

By BRIAN GROSH 

     CLEVELAND (CN) - An Ohio man faced malicious prosecution after TNT's "Cold Justice" falsely depicted him as a murderer, the man claims in Federal Court.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - V Stiviano and TMZ violated Donald Sterling's privacy by illicitly recording and releasing a racially charged conversation that brought down his empire, the disgraced mogul claims in state court.

By GINA CARRANO 

     NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CN) - Discrimination got so bad for a Jamaican employee of Cablevision that a pregnant co-worker accused her of "working voodoo" on her baby, the woman claims in court.

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     HONOLULU (CN) - The Honolulu Art Museum sued a donor for $880,000, claiming he cannot prove the art for which it has been paying him $80,000 a year did not come from a smuggling ring.

By DAVID LEE 

     McKINNEY, Texas (CN) - Country music star Deana Carter says a man is stalking her, and asked a Texas judge to order him to stay away.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge rejected a billionaire developer's challenge of a jury's $640,000 verdict for having copies of a noted sculptor's work made in China and putting them on public display.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A contestant on rapper Jayceon "The Game" Taylor's dating reality show claims in court that he sexually assaulted her while drunk and high, and wants $10 million for it.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Spaceman Buck Rogers is in the public domain, so a film company doesn't need permission from the heirs of his creator to make a movie about him, a Hollywood producer claims in Federal Court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Pirates of the Caribbean" screenwriter Terry Rossio's former manager claims in court that Rossio owes him 10 percent commission for his work in the past two years.

By CHRIS FRY 

     MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CN) - Former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice, currently serving a prison sentence for fraud, claims in a lawsuit that her former bankruptcy lawyer "cost [her] her freedom" due to his malpractice during the proceedings.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Actor James Woods claims a Twitter subscriber defamed him to hundreds of thousands of Woods' followers, and he wants to know who it is, and damages for defamation.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - A dominatrix used her sexual relationship with an elderly man to manipulate him into giving her a house and half a million dollars, he claims in Seminole County, Fla. court, alleging theft, conversion and abuse of an elderly person.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Film production company Nu Image claims a movie union tricked it into signing a collective bargaining agreement by lying about residual contributions to benefit plans, in a $5 million federal complaint.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The ex-wife of "Empire" star Terrence Howard claims in state court that the actor assaulted her and defamed her by telling media outlets she had threatened him on social media.

By MIKE HEUER 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Doobie Brothers do not cite the etymology of the term "doobie" in their trademark lawsuit against the Doobie Decimal System rock band, though the slang term predated the band by a few years.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     There's good news for aspiring YouTube stars in India after Google announced its first YouTube Space for the country. Located in Mumbai, the production facility - the second of its kind in Asia - will be hosted by the reputed Whistling Woods International film school. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     Broadcasters are fighting hard to keep a rule that prevents cable and satellite companies from importing out-of-market TV signals in the face of retransmission disputes. Billions of dollars are on the line. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From TECHDIRT 

     In Australia, copyright law does not treat unpublished works the same way as published ones; now a group of librarians is pulling an online stunt in order to get the public interested in making that change. Read more from TechDirt.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     The problem with exclusives on services like Tidal or Spotify is that only the tiny percentage of people who pay for their subscriptions can hear these songs when they want. It could have been the same with Apple. Read more from TechCrunch.

From POYNTER 

      After negotiations with representatives from news organizations and professional associations, pop star Taylor Swift has agreed to revise a photography contract for her "1989 World Tour" that several news organizations and photojournalists condemned for being too restrictive. Read more from Poynter.

From THE VERGE 

     Apple's 30 percent App Store tax is being scrutinized by the Feds. Read more from The Verge.

From THE NEXT WEB 

     The tiny extension made YouTube into a viable music service by offering a button in your browser for quickly building a queue of songs and playing them in the background. Read more from The Next Web.

From TIME MAGAZINE 

     Whatever ugly memories they bring up, TV shows are still part of our cultural history. Read more from Time Magazine.

     Netflix is ready to become a home for feature films, giving the industry a new outlet for movie production in an era of declining ticket sales - a trend that has led to a large influx of what studios' believe will be sure-fire hits, like remakes and sequels. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     The streaming service will pay $192 million to the network's owner Viacom and the show's creative team for a three-year extension. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE OREGONIAN 

     Deen Castronovo, drummer for the rock band Journey and Salem native, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on accusations of rape, sexual abuse and assault. Read more from The Oregonian.

From CNET 

     Sony's PlayStation live TV streaming service is launching tonight in new markets, as well as offering an a la carte service. Read more from CNet.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     It appears that Showtime's standalone streaming service was not locked into an exclusive deal with Apple, as the network announced that the new service will also become available on Roku and Sony's PlayStation Vue at launch. Read more from TechCrunch.

From JERUSALEM POST 

     Court Grants massive defamation award to filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici over fraud claims against the 2007 documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," which concludes Jesus was buried, his lost tomb was found in Jerusalem and that he had married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. Read more from Jerusalem Post.