Outlandish films breed silly merchandise triggering oddball lawsuits like one filed on Wednesday over the special-edition Blu-ray/DVD of Seth MacFarlane’s talking bear romp Ted, which is said to come with a talking bottle opener.
In California federal court, Michael Cram claims ownership of “talking” bottle openers and “talking” beer mugs, which he says have been uber-successful in the marketplace. Doing business as Pacific Productions, Cram says he has licensing deals with more than 61 NCAA schools, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the National Football League, and movie and television studios. What’s more, Cram says he and his product were featured in Ingenious, a biographical film starring Jeremy Renner.
A California appeals court sees no evidence that Courtney Love‘s fame is on par with Marlon Brando‘s. As a result, the rock star will continue fighting a lawsuit from a fashion designer who claims being defamed by Love on social media and Howard Stern‘s radio show.
Dawn Simorangkir, a.k.a. the “Boudoir Queen,” is the plaintiff, fighting Love on-and-off-and-on for the last six years.
In one of the first so-called “Twibel” cases, Simorangkir sued Love for telling about 40,000 followers how the designer was a drug-pushing, thieving prostitute with a history of assault and battery. The case settled for $430,000. But the battle
In Selma, Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated film , Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in a historic march for civil rights.
It obviously took a feat of casting to round-up those extras. The responsibility for doing this fell to Cynthia Stillwell.
Selma Productions and Stillwell Promotions are presently in court defending a lawsuit from Curtis Drafton, a casting assistant who claims violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation. He’s also demanded liquidated damages and says that Stillwell retaliated against him upon filing the lawsuit. Drafton says he was advised he’d be getting paid $150 for every day he worked between March and June
Walmart has settled a lawsuit brought by the EEOC on behalf of David Moorman, a former manager at a Walmart store in Keller, Texas. The suit alleged age and disability discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
According to Moorman’s claims, his direct supervisors frequently called him “old man” and “old food guy”. After he was diagnosed with diabetes, he requested reassignment from a manager position to an assistant manager position. Moorman alleged that Walmart refused to consider his request for a reasonable accommodation and eventually fired him.
With disability and age discrimination claims on the rise, here are
While some possession and private consumption of marijuana is now permitted in the capital, D.C.’s pot scene won’t immediately resemble that of Colorado or Washington state.
Here’s a look at where the District’s statute stands now, and the possible hang-ups moving forward: