California Federal Court Moves ADA Suit Against Disney to Florida

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Disney successfully argued before a California federal judge that a suit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (“DAS”) discriminates against autistic children… should be transferred to Florida from California where it originated.  Disney reasoned that because the DAS program’s developers are based in Florida and employee training of the program also took place in Florida, the appropriate venue for the suit would be a Florida federal court. Instead of letting disabled guests to skip lines, the DAS program now informs them a return time for attractions
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Tax Situation Could Land “Jersey Shore” Star in Prison

thesituationtaxes9 On Wednesday, September 24, Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino of the MTV show “Jersey Shore,” appeared in court with his brother Marc to plead not guilty of  federal tax…  related charges. The Sorrentinos were charged with multiple counts: conspiracy to defraud the US, filing false tax returns, and failing to file a tax return, resulting in a failure to pay for taxes on $8.9 million of income.  The brothers allegedly claimed millions in personal and business expenses including clothing, vehicles, and grooming.  The charges stem
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Mitch Williams Sues MLB & Deadspin for Response to Little League Incident

article-2625976-1DC4539300000578-273_634x558 On Wednesday, September 24, ex-MLB pitcher, “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams filed a lawsuit against the MLB network… and news outlet, Deadspin. The suit Williams is bringing claims wrongful termination and defamation against the network, where he was an analyst since 2009 until his firing this year, and defamation against Deadspin.  The suit arises from alleged incident at his son’s little league baseball game in May this year.  Deadspin ran two articles on the story, reporting that Williams, a coach for his son’s team, argued with
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Thicke Says No “Blurred Line” Between Idea and Expression

Robin_Thicke While news stories last week reported about Thicke’s admission during deposition that he did not write the hit song “Blurred Line,” Thicke on Monday responded to a memorandum filed by the Gayes family and Bridgeport Music, Inc. in opposition of Thicke’s Thicke v. Gaye…. Thicke criticized the expert witness for the Gayes was less persuasive as she failed to provide any transcription analysis possibly to avoid revealing “how different the notes are.”  Thicke further claimed his musicologist’s analysis dissecting the alleged similar parts into
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Ninth Circuit Takes NCAA’s Appeal of the O’Bannon Case in Expedited Manner

download The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the NCAA’s appeal of the O’Bannon case in a speedy manner after the parties filed a joint motion last week to expedite the schedule for briefs and oral arguments so that they have a decision before the permanent injunction by Judge Claudia Wilken becomes effective on August 1, 2015. Typically, the Ninth Circuit does not schedule appeals …before all briefs are filed.  Originally, the NCAA was to submit its opening brief by November 28, and the
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Peruvian Author Suing Disney for $250M Claiming ‘Frozen’ Is Her Story

frozen_bg A Peruvian author is suing Disney for $250 million, alleging ‘Frozen’ is not based on the Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen but rather on her book.  In 2010 Isabella Tanikumi wrote an autobiography titled Yearnings Of The Heart… depicting her life in the Andean mountains of Peru.  The synopsis of her book posted on Amazon says that Tanikumi’s autobiography portrays a young girl overcoming personal insecurities and various challenges in her life.  However, it does not seem to feature a talking
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NFL Asks Court to Dismiss NFLPA’s 2010 Salary Cap Collusion Claim

nfl The NFL is seeking the court to nix the NFLPA’s claim that teams colluded to cap salaries in 2010 during which salaries were unrestricted because the league opted out of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players. In a filing submitted on Wednesday, the NFL argued that the NFLPA… is not entitled to any relief because the players voluntarily decided to release the collusion claim in a February 2013 CBA.  Additionally, there was a separate release in the 2011 CBA barring the NFLPA’s current
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Jay Z Fights Back Copyright Suit Over Sampling of ‘Oh’ in “Run This Town”

140123-jay-z-lawsuit-nets Jay Z filed a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Record label TufAmerica before a New York federal district court.  The suit alleged that Jay Z and Rihanna’s hit song “Run This Town” sampled the Eddie Bo song “Hook & Sling” without authorization. According to the filing, Jay Z allegedly misappropriated ‘oh’ sound from “Hook & Sling” throughout “Run This Town.”  In filing the motion to dismiss…, Jay Z’s legal team argued that the claim was “misguided” as it was not
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Red Carpet Makeup Mobile Owner Arrested for Violation of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

harlem25n-1-web Fashion meets fraud in a bizarre workers’ compensation investigation in New York. Ms. Nneka Ingram was previously featured in a June 2014 news article on CBS New York and is a former MTA bus driver who reportedly spent $20,000 on a “bling and makeup mobile.”  A short commercial posted in July 2014 is available on YouTube… detailing the origins and services of Ms. Ingram’s business, the Celebrities Mobile Boutique. However, CBS New York has reported that Ms. Ingram was recently arrested on charges of grand
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Another Hurdle for the Washington Redskins Fight for Trademark Protection

Redskins-Logo In June, a group of five Native Americans successfully challenged the Washington Redskins’ trademark as disparaging. Now, the five Native Americans asked a federal judge to dismiss the team’s counter-lawsuit to reverse the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) decision. The Native Americans filed a motion… in U.S. District Court arguing that the team does not have a legal right to sue the five Native Americans to reverse the USPTO’s ruling. After the USPTO ruled in favor of the Native Americans, the Washington Redskins
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