The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has lined up a new lawsuit, painting the picture of a cinematographer’s heir who ignored bylaws by selling a statuette on eBay.
The statuette was awarded in 1953 to Robert Surtees for excellence in black-and-white cinematography for the film, The Bad and the Beautiful, which starred Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner. More than 60 years later, the Film Academy is in court after Carol Surtees allegedly auctioned the statuette for $40,500.
The Academy makes its members agree that it has a “right of first refusal” if the statuettes are ever sold. To prevent a black market for the famous trophies, the
NBCUniversal has gotten preliminary approval from a judge overseeing a class action brought by former interns. On Monday, U.S. magistrate judge Ronald Ellis signed off on the $6.4 million deal that was filed in October.
The lawsuit was brought in in July 2013 and is among many that target entertainment and media organizations for allegedly violating labor laws through an unpaid internship program. NBCU is now paying interns, and by agreeing to pay $6.4 million to its former interns, the company will be making the largest ever payout to resolve internship litigation. The order granting preliminary approval calls it “fair, reasonable and
As Sony Pictures confronts new threats from hackers who have exposed corporate secrets, it must also contend with proposed class action lawsuits that blame the company for not doing more to stop or at least mitigate the damage. Already sued once on Monday, Sony is now facing a second lawsuit brought by production managers on some of its most high-profile films including Jerry Maguire, Spider-Man and The Green Hornet.
Sony Hack: Legal Risks for Years to Come
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Police officers may stop a vehicle based on a misunderstanding of traffic laws without violating the civil rights, the Supreme Court has ruled.
In its 8-1 ruling on Monday, the High Court found that even though a North Carolina police officer misunderstood a state traffic law regarding brake lights, the mistake was reasonable, and thus the search that followed was not illegal. The driver, Nicholas B. Heien, consented to the search of his car following the stop, which yielded a baggie of cocaine.
So why did the Court rule for a search based on a good-faith mistake in Heien v. North Carolina?
Notorious filmmaker Roman Polanski might come back to the United States, if his attorneys are successful in getting his decades-old sex abuse case dropped.
In case you missed it, Roman Polanski was charged in 1977 of raping a 13-year-old during a photo shoot. CBS Los Angeles reports that Polanski had agreed to plead guilty to one count of statutory rape, but he fled the country the night before his sentencing in 1978.
Polanski has been living in Europe ever since, but will this new legal move allow him to come back?
As the dust settles on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Heien v. North Carolina, privacy and civil rights advocates are worried about how “mistakes of law” could allow officers to abuse suspects.
The Washington Post reports that although the basic reasoning of the case is simple, “it leaves some complications.” The basic ruling: Officers can have reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle based on a reasonably mistaken view of the law.
As for the complications, here are five things to know about the Supreme Court’s “mistake of law” ruling: