Wednesday, March 04, 2015 10:16 AM PT
By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - In grappling with online video privacy litigation invoking a decades-old privacy law, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said at a hearing Thursday that she will likely side with online streaming service Hulu that it did not disclose its users' identities and viewing preferences to Facebook.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Robin Thicke took to the witness stand Wednesday to deny claims that his platinum single "Blurred Lines" is a copy of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," and treated the jury to a medley of several songs.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The 9th Circuit Wednesday appeared receptive to allowing a jury to decide claims that James Cameron stole the idea for his blockbuster movie "Avatar" from another writer.

By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused art thief Luke Brugnara will need to retain new counsel when he is apprehended, his attorney said Monday.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit on Friday upheld Walmart's offer to settle an antitrust class action by paying Netflix DVD subscribers $27.2 million.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Retailers that sold items bearing Bob Marley's image to Target, Walmart and other stores violated trademark law, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday. 

By LATEST RULINGS 

     (CN) - The bankruptcy of Caesar's casino does not entitle Atlantic City police to stay claims that they assaulted a topless woman trying to record them there, a federal judge ruled. 

By TIM HULL 

     PHOENIX (CN) - A jury did not have enough evidence of defamation to make a jazz singer pay husband-wife plastic surgeons $12 million, an Arizona appeals court ruled. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - The man whose conviction of killing his ex-girlfriend was the focus of wildly popular "Serial" podcast has been granted a chance to appeal his case by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. 

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - The 9th Circuit on Tuesday revived claims by the widow of a ghostwriter for a share of "Jersey Boys," the hit musical on Frankie Valli's band, The Four Seasons.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - After making millions with its unauthorized postage-stamp depiction of the Korean War memorial, the U.S. Postal Service owes the memorial's artist 10 percent of profits, the Federal Circuit ruled. 

By JAMIE ROSS 

     (CN) - A company's application to trademark "Royal Kate" for luxury goods exploits the likeness of Kate Middleton, an appellate board found. 

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Sly Stone on Tuesday was awarded $5 million by a jury that found a former manager and production company diverted royalties from him.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The authors and publisher of a book about rock guitarist Randy Rhoads prevailed on all but one count in a fraud and privacy invasion complaint from the guitarist's family. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHAIN 

     (CN) - An MIT grad who said the child pornography he downloaded was for research on a book about sexual abuse was properly convicted, a Texas appeals court ruled. 

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Uncle Sam agreed to a six-figure settlement with the New York woman whose name it allegedly used for a fake Facebook page to draw out drug suspects. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Korn barred its drummer from rejoining the band and owes him money for his contributions as one of its founding members, David Silveria claims in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     RENO (CN) - The widow of Stevie Wonder's longtime entertainment attorney is uptight, but not all right - she claims the musician owes her $7 million in royalty fees.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     BATON ROUGE (CN) - A middle school teacher in Louisiana claims in a lawsuit that she's been harassed and has lived in fear of losing her job after sharing a Facebook post critical of the Common Core teaching method.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Magician David Copperfield agreed to pay $552,282.74 to settle an employment class action arising from his magic act at the MGM Grand Casino.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER AND DAN MCCUE 

     SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - An assistant director who was working on a Gregg Allman bio flick the day a freight train plowed into the film's crew, killing one and injuring six, will be tried separately from her three co-defendants.

By ROBERT KENNEDY 

     GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (CN) - The owner of a Michigan apartment complex has asked a judge to block the release of a move that makes it look bad.

By DEB HIPP 

     KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) - A retired Navy officer outraged by a documentary about NSA defector Edward Snowden has added The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a defendant in a lawsuit and wants the documentary deemed ineligible for an Academy Award.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The "hookup" service Tinder hurts the reputation of a web-design company that's been using the Tinder mark for five years, WildFireWeb claims in Federal Court.

By DESHAYLA STRACHAN 

     ORLANDO (CN) - Hasbro stole the moves and likeness of the man who taught John Travolta how to dance for "Saturday Night Fever," and used them to create a popular cartoon gecko and toy, the choreographer claims in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Freeplay Music misleads people by claiming that its music downloads are free, then "traps the consumer" by demanding "outrageous license fees" for the music, a digital content company claims in court.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - After complimenting a company that carved a sculpture from a dead tree, an Illinois town charged it with seven code violations that called the artwork a sign, an outraged art supporter claims in Federal Court. Kurtz Investments says the charges stemmed from a tree that died on its property in Hinsdale, Ill., early last year.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A retired stuntman who claims rights to Rin Tin Tin has turned on his former co-plaintiffs in their intellectual property battle, claiming they defrauded him of his 100 percent stake in the property and froze him out of legal proceedings.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     (CN) - Federal prosecutors are hauling a star of VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta" into court today on charges of failing to pay $1 million in child support.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The lead guitarist of Journey sued San Francisco, claiming it "extorted" him for "outrageously high" permit fees to punish him for broadcasting his wedding to a reality TV star on pay-per-view.

By MONICA PAIS 

     (CN) - Polish-American model and actress Joanna Krupa says in a federal lawsuit that she was wrongfully accused of adultery and subjected to malicious statements about her body on a popular TV show.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - The son of a taxi driver who died when his cab exploded upon being rammed by an aspiring rapper after a shooting on the Vegas Strip sued Chrysler and the Aria Resort & Casino for wrongful death.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - Tab Virgil Jr. also known as "Turk," is suing Cash Money Records claiming he's owed $1.3 million for songs he wrote for the Hot Boy$, a group that includes rappers Lil Wayne, B.G. and Juvenile.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A promoter sued Katt Williams for $1.7 million, claiming the much-sued comedian failed to show for stand-up shows and defamed him as "bogus" on the air.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Dog whisperer Cesar Millan's L.A. county facility negligently released a vicious pit bull that brutally mauled a woman six days later in an attack that left her without feeling and function in her left hand, she claims in court.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHAIN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A "world-renowned" Venezuelan musician claims in court that he is jobless because of his attorney's failure to tell him leave the States and get a visa.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - A producer for The Weather Channel was seriously injured when a tornado flipped over his car during a storm chase, the man claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sued film producer Mervyn Adelson in a complaint of malicious prosecution over a decades-old article in which Bergman reported that Adelson had Mafia ties.

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A 60-foot tree in the Greenwich Village has led the parents of actress Marisa Tomei to sue a company owned by Sean Lennon, son to the late Beatles star.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A landlord says in court that a tenant is using its space on East 32nd Street to host sex parties that "cater to ... individuals who are transgender, transsexual, etc."

From MEDIA POST 

     Oscar-nominated movies have seen a sharp rise in piracy since their nominations: over $40 million has been lost from 2.04 million illegal downloads. Read more from Media Post.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Pandora has created a division to work with labels and artist managers, opened its vast databanks, and begun experimenting with artist promotions. Read more from The New York Times.

From VARIETY 

     Charlie Ergen, the brash entrepreneurial founder of Dish Network, will take over as CEO of the satcaster following the retirement of president and CEO Joe Clayton in March. Read more from Variety.

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 

     Bookstores are slowly replacing some of the shelf space lost in the Borders collapse. Read more from Publishers Weekly.

From BUZZFEED NEWS 

     People could misconstrue dramatic car chases or police action as real-life events, officials said. Read more from BuzzFeed News.

From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     But there is a more fundamental question: When Hollywood goes all digital, what happens to the film legacy left behind? Read more from The Los Angeles Times.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Twenty-First Century Fox slashed its guidance for long-term growth on Wednesday because of struggles in its broadcast group, unfavorable foreign currency exchange and shifts in its film group. Read more from The New York Times.

From RE/CODE 

     Apple has spent years circling the TV business, without ever really getting into the TV business. Now it may be ready to try again. Read more from re/code.

From CNN 

     Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy. Read more from CNN.

From THE ATLANTIC 

     If CDs are truly dead, then digital music sales are lying in the adjacent grave. Both categories are down double-digits in the last year, with iTunes sales diving at least 13 percent. Read more from The Atlantic.

From NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO 

     Advocates hope that the Department of Justice's involvement in a lawsuit is a crucial step in ending trademark protection for the Washington football team's name. Read more from National Public Radio.

From VENTURE BEAT 

     A court in Turkey has ordered Facebook to block Pages deemed offensive for their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Read more from Venture Beat.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Internet service providers led by Comcast Corp. are pushing to protect from federal regulations their ability to demand fees from high-volume data users such as Netflix Inc. Read more from Bloomberg.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     The singer prevails in showing the retailer passed off her endorsement of a jersey. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     Company attorneys are trying to give notice of a copyright lawsuit to defendants living far, far away. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.