In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court has brought to a close an 83-year quest by the family of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to recover a stolen painting.
Lilly Cassirer was a member of the family of a prominent German-Jewish art dealer. She inherited a painting entitled Rue…Continue Reading Supreme Court Grants Win to Victims of Nazi Art Theft
Appropriate for the pirate genre, citing the parties’ “dueling experts,” a District Court recently denied…Continue Reading Yo Ho Ho And a Bottle of . . . Oh No! Court Deep-Sixes Disney’s Motion for Summary Judgment
IATSE, the union representing below-the-line production workers from cinematographers and editors to grips and hair…Continue Reading IATSE Members Overwhelmingly Vote Yes on Strike Authorization
We are not out of the woods yet.
Just as Hollywood was coping with the…Continue Reading Gaffers, Grips Going, Gone as IATSE Threatens Walkout
The lawsuit brought by Scarlett Johansson against The Walt Disney Co. has struck Hollywood like a thunderclap. The litigation arises out of Disney’s decision to release Black Widow concurrently in…Continue Reading Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney over “Black Widow” Streaming Release
A group of over 100 feature film producers have announced their intention to form a labor union. The group is led by producer Rebecca Green (“It Follows”), who says the…Continue Reading Film Producers Announce Intention to Unionize–Again
Copyright in characters is not a new concept but it can take interesting twists. We saw this recently when litigation over the Netflix movie Enola Holmes raised the question just…Continue Reading Comic Publishers No Heroes to Artists Seeking NFT Score
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court voted to uphold a decision by the FCC to deregulate ownership of television broadcast stations. The Commission proposed the rule change in 2017…Continue Reading TV Station Consolidation OK, Say Supremes
In light of the ubiquity of cable and satellite, a controversy over the ownership of terrestrial broadcast stations may seem like a sideshow. The reality is, however, that an increasing…Continue Reading Broadcast Deregulation Reaches Supreme Court
While most of us look back on the last twelve months as a horrible dream, Hollywood’s labor unions can actually point to a string of successes. Early in the pandemic…Continue Reading SAG-AFTRA Crafts Agreement for Influencers
In what must be counted as a victory for solidarity among WGA members and the often controversial tactics of its executive director David Goodman, the leading agency WME reached a…Continue Reading Blessed Peace Descends Upon the Land as WME Settles with WGA
We recently reported on a lawsuit that the actor Faizon Love brought in November against Universal Pictures. Love was one of the stars of the 2009 movie Couples Retreat…Continue Reading Follow up: Faizon Love, Universal Make Nice
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced widespread postponement and cancellation of film and TV production in 2020, it brought a corresponding explosion of insurance claims by producers. This led inevitably to…Continue Reading ViacomCBS Sues Insurer Over COVID Claims