Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:44 AM PT
By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A former DreamWorks employee suing animation studios wants the federal judge handling a similar lawsuit against major tech companies to take over his class action. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The Buffalo-area businessman accused of trying to defraud Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got a new lawyer, a new trial date, and apparently, revisited an old legal strategy.

By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A little more than a year after the 9th Circuit rejected the First Amendment defense for realistically portrayed college athletes in video games, Electronic Arts was back before a three-judge panel, maintaining that free speech protects its depictions of retired players in "Madden NFL" games.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - After his first attempt failed, former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Jeffrey Davies amended his claim for a share of royalties in several songs.

By JOE HARRIS 

     CLEVELAND (CN) - A family targeted in a federal child-pornography sting because of misinformation does not have a civil case against Time Warner Cable, a federal judge ruled. 

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Fox News cannot enjoin TVEyes from constantly distributing network programming online for a $500 monthly subscription fee, a federal judge ruled.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - Microsoft need not face a class action alleging X-Box Live privacy violations, a federal judge ruled, finding that plaintiffs failed to show specific injuries. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Six years after looters stole them from a church in downtown Lima, federal prosecutors returned "The Resurrection of Lazarus" and eight other religious paintings by the 18th century artist Miguel Cabrera to Peruvian officials, at a ceremony on Friday. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A Bronx fashion designer can pursue his copyright case against Jay-Z, seeking royalties on a logo that he claims he designed for Roc-a-Fella Records and its product lines, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A federal judge issued a final ruling in the "Sister Wives" challenge of Utah's bigamy law, awarding the polygamous Brown family costs and fees. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     (CN) - The former teen actor who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual assault dropped his lawsuit in Hawaii Federal Court. 

By DAVE TARTRE 

     (CN) - Oracle failed on Friday to have the 9th Circuit reinstate $1 billion of a $1.3 billion jury award, the largest judgment ever in a copyright case.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, who wrote in his autobiography that a former Playboy bunny lied about having his baby to extort him for money, must face libel charges, the 8th Circuit ruled. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The royalties of 1970s funk band the Ohio Players remain in limbo after improper asset distribution in bankruptcy court, the 5th Circuit ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former studio assistant to Jasper Johns pleaded guilty to stealing 22 works by the artist's Connecticut studio that sold for $6.5 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The biographical film depicting the life of "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace "clearly constitutes a transformative use" of the taboo-busting skin flick it depicts, a federal judge ruled.

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     DENVER (CN) - The theater where accused mass murderer James Holmes is accused of killing a dozen people during a Batman movie must face premises liability claims for the shooting, a federal judge ruled. 

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 NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The creator of the viral YouTube video "The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger" sued two T-shirt companies for using his trademarked phrase "Honey Badger Don't Care" on their merchandise.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - A Scottsdale art gallery sold an Andy Warhol "Red Shoes" painting it was storing for a couple despite being told it could not sell the piece, the couple claims in court.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - Australian actor Sam Worthington and his girlfriend "viciously assaulted" a paparazzo in New York City, the photographer claims in a $10 million lawsuit.

By JOE HARRIS 

     ST. LOUIS (CN) - A talk radio executive sued his former company over a physical altercation he had with another employee.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A second actor has sued Google over "Muslim Innocence," the trailer for the movie about the prophet Muhammad that sparked the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and other violent protests around the world.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Former NFL running back Clinton Portis owes a Las Vegas casino more than $10,000 for two unpaid markers, the MGM Grand Casino claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A movie investor who claimed in May that three men had defrauded him of more than $10.9 million has filed another lawsuit, against the defendants' entertainment lawyer.

By CHRIS FRY 

     HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - The dating service It's Just Lunch! is "a massive scheme to defraud single professionals," and its services "are not only grossly deficient and substandard in almost every aspect, but are simply not what the company promised them," a class action claims.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A film production company backed out of a deal to make a documentary on former drug trafficker "Freeway" Rick Ross with another entertainment company, according to a $2 million lawsuit in Richmond, New York.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer juggled the books to short the owner of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "For a Few Dollars More" and "Last Tango in Paris" more than $6 million, the company claims in court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Major players in the animation industry collude to fix wages and restrict career opportunities for their artists, a former DreamWorks animator claims in a federal antitrust class action filed Monday.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A music publishing company says it has the exclusive right to license a Brazilian cover of the song "Sixteen Tons" to be used in a Heineken commercial.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Lifetime Entertainment defamed a woman who survived an attack by "Happy Face Killer" Keith Hunter Jesperson by depicting her as a prostitute in a movie about the serial killer, the woman claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - An artists' collective claims it trademarked the word "Booklyn" for its website, and that competing artists are trying to piggyback on its name recognition to confuse the public and scoop up its charitable donations.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - Rod Stewart used a photo of the back of his head as the centerpiece of his live show without the photographer's permission, according to a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit against the singer.

By JOE HARRIS 

     KEARNEY, Neb. (CN) - A concert promoter took five busloads full of George Strait fans to the country music star's farewell tour, but didn't bother to buy the tickets so they could see it, Nebraska claims in court.

By DARRYL GREER 

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - The company that runs Ashley Madison, an online service for married people seeking affairs, claims in court that the Republic of Korea and the Korea Communications Standards Commission wrongfully blocked its website after its South Korean launch in April this year.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A fashion designer claims a glass table that collapsed under the weight of a dancer sliced her Achilles tendon at an after-party for the premiere of "Hercules" at director Brett Ratner's house in Beverly Hills.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - Model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff says her diet pills caused a false positive on a breathalyzer test and petitioned the California DMV to overturn her license suspension.

By NICK MCCANN 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Johnson says a man bilked him out of $7,000 after promising to develop a reality show about Johnson and his wife.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The father of former "Real Housewives of Beverley Hills" husband Russell Armstrong petitioned the Los Angeles County Coroner to release photos of his late son, who he believes was murdered.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A security guard working at a KISS concert fell after the band "foolishly" sprayed the stage with water and confetti, the guard says in a lawsuit.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The TV show "Fatal Attraction" defamed a man by depicting him as a murderer even though the show's producers knew he wasn't the killer, the man claims in a federal lawsuit in Maryland.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Comedian Kenneth "KD" Brown was shot to death protecting customers of Bally's Hotel and Casino from an enraged gunman, his family claims in a lawsuit against the casino.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - "Dazed and Confused" actor Jason London claims in court that bouncers at a Scottsdale nightclub beat the hell out of him - but not badly enough to stop him from roundly cursing police officers who took him to jail, according to a police report.

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     LITTLE ROCK (CN) - The director of an HBO documentary on Ann Richards sold the movie at a discount in exchange for a job with HBO, at investors' expense, one investor claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former porn star Jay Grdina defrauded a business partner of his shares in a company that sells the hangover drink NOHO, his partners Todd Blatt and TCB Partnership claim in Federal Court.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     RFD-TV, the rural-focused television network, has landed coverage on AT&T's U-verse television service after its monthslong campaign against a pair of proposed media mergers. Read more from The New York Times.

From ADWEEK 

     YouTube, broken out from Google's overall business, is potentially worth more than Twitter with a valuation up to $40 billion, according to an analysis released today by Jefferies. Read more from AdWeek.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     Vice, an online media firebrand, on Thursday announced it had received $500 million in new investments to expand its technology-centric news operations. Read more from The Washington Post.

From ASSOCIATED PRESS 

     Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. Read more from Associated Press.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     Lawyers trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse a four-year prison term handed to a Pennsylvania man who published violent rap-style Facebook rants told the high court that his client was charged, in part, for referencing an Eminem song. Read more from Ars Technica.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     In a last-minute compromise reached Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said he would approve legislation that would more than triple the annual tax credits available for movies and TV shows produced in California. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

From THE NEXT WEB 

     Netflix has made no secret of its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, previously calling it 'anti-competitive'. Now, the streaming giant has officially lodged its concerns with the Federal Communications Commission, submitting a 'Petition to Deny' document as it looks to lend its weight to blocking the deal. Read more from The Next Web.

From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

     The makers of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games say Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention when she asserted the games' latest installment features a character based on her. Read more from The Associated Press.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in the fast-growing ephmereal message service Snapchat Inc. at a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter say. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     Former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight, founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

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.