Chris Cuomo Said Prepping To Sue CNN For Over $18M

Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo is set to sue the network if it balks at paying him at least $18 million to cover what’s left on his contract. Cuomo has hired lawyers and is preparing to file the lawsuit over the remainder of the four-year contract he signed last year — after a bitter back-and-forth about what the network knew of his secret efforts to aid his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said sources familiar with the matter.

Netflix Loses Appeal In Employee Poaching Lawsuit

Netflix has lost an appeal of a 2019 ruling that ordered the streaming service to stop poaching employees from Fox. The streaming service has been battling Fox since 2016 over the practice of locking midlevel executives into fixed-term contracts. Netflix has argued that Fox’s contracts are illegal under California law, and that they unfairly restrict employee mobility. Netflix’s argument, had it succeeded, could have upended how Hollywood studios do business.

Byron Allen’s $10B Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Thrown Out

A judge has dismissed a $10 billion lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. by the media entrepreneur Byron Allen, who accused the fast-food chain of racial discrimination for not advertising with Black-owned media. U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles wrote on Tuesday that two companies owned by Allen did not offer enough factual evidence to show that McDonald’s “intentionally and purposefully discriminated against them.”

Kevin Spacey Must Pay $31M For Breaching ‘House of Cards’ Deal

An arbitrator rules that the actor’s pattern of sexual harassment caused damage to MRC and flouted…An arbitrator rules that the actor’s pattern of sexual harassment caused damage to MRC and flouted contractual obligations.

Video Pirate Owes Dish $31 Million, Says Texas Court

Former KUSA Anchor Sues, Alleging Discrimination During Stroke Recovery

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Why Suits Against Netflix Could Shake Streaming

The mega-streamer is facing more defamation complaints than any major news outlet, stemming from projects like Making a Murderer and When They See Us — but is it a distributor, a publisher or something else entirely?

Tegna Files Cross-Complaint Against Dish

It charges the satellite provider with bad-faith conduct in retrans negotiations and responds to what it calls Dish’s “false claims.”

Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

The suit, filed by the now defunct photo start-up Phhhoto, accused the social network of stalling on a deal and then putting it out of business.

Judge Rules NFL Must Face Lawsuit Over Super Bowl Stream Failures

The complaint estimates there are somewhere between 300,000-700,000 individuals in about 181 countries who missed out on watching crucial moments of the 2020 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Carole Baskin Sues Netflix For Using Footage Of Her In ‘Tiger King 2’

Locast To Fork Over $32M To Settle Broadcaster-Led Copyright Suit

In the wake of a court order that permanently shut down Locast, the erstwhile provider of free streams of local broadcast TV feeds is now on the hook to pay $32 million in statutory damages after agreeing to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCUniversal.

Dr. Phil, CBS Sued After Teen Allegedly Was Sexually Assaulted At Utah Center

A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted at a Utah ranch is suing Phil McGraw and ViacomCBS for negligence, claiming that the popular TV doctor recommended she be treated at the facility on the day she appeared on his show.

YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused Of Not Enforcing Ban

Judge Sides With Amazon In Battle Over ‘Buy’ Button

Agreeing with Amazon, a federal judge has dismissed allegations that the company dupes consumers by claiming to sell online videos, but retaining the right to revoke access to the material. In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. Chief District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento said Fairfield, Calif., resident Amanda Caudel, the consumer who brought the case, couldn’t proceed in federal court because she hadn’t been injured by Amazon.

Texas Court Fines Dish-Infringing Streamer $7M

A Texas district court has found for Dish in the satellite service’s direct copyright infringement suit against streaming service Universe IPTV. The court found that the Arabic language IPTV service — owned and operated by defendants Mohamed Omar, Hossam Abd Elghany and Moustafa Maatouk — had provided access to Dish content to U.S. subscribers without authorization from Dish, directly infringing the satellite operators exclusive rights to distribute and perform that content.

Embattled Ozy Media Hit With First Investor Lawsuit Over Faked Fundraising Call

In the first of what may well become a string of lawsuits against embattled Ozy Media, a fund manager that invested in the site accused it of fraud and asked for compensatory and punitive damages in a jury trial. LifeLine Legacy Holdings of Beverly Hills, Calif., which put more than $2 million into the company co-founded and led by Carlos Watson, claimed in a lawsuit that Ozy had “engaged in fraudulent, deceptive and illegal conduct” when the firm was considering early this year whether or not to invest.

Facebook Again Asks Judge To Dismiss FTC Antitrust Complaint

Shuttered Streamer Quibi Settles Suit With Eko

Now operating post mortem as “QBI Holdings LLC,” movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg’s failed mobile streaming venture announced Wednesday a settlement with Israeli technology company Eko for undisclosed terms.

ABC News Staffers ‘Livid’ With Exec’s Silence On Bombshell Suit

ABC News Staffer Claims Network Retaliated After She Filed Sexual-Assault Complaint

Kirstyn Crawford, an ABC News staffer claims the network retaliated against her after she filed a complaint early this year alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Michael Corn, who was then her boss as the top producer of Good Morning America.

Pinterest Accused Of Not Paying Female ‘Co-Creator’

In a lawsuit, Christine Martinez says she helped create Pinterest claimed the founders had agreed to compensate her, but never did.

Fox News Must Face Suit From Producer Alleging Ed Henry Rape

Thanks to a ruling on Thursday, Jennifer Eckhart will be able to proceed in a lawsuit against Fox News over its responsibility for a correspondent’s sexual misconduct. A federal judge has decided to trim claims from Eckhart but ruled that she plausibly alleges the network should have known about sexually harassing behavior.

New York’s Highest Court To Hear Orioles-Nats TV Dispute

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the long-running dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over television rights fees. The court, the highest in the state, on Sept. 2 granted the the Orioles’ motion for permission to appeal. MASN was established in March 2005 after the […]

Justice Dept. Said To Accelerate Google Ad Inquiry

The moves may result in a second antitrust lawsuit against Google before the end of the year.

Locast Suspends Contribution Request Interruptions

Locast, the local TV station streaming services, said late Wednesday that it was suspending its interruptions to its programming to ask those who have not contributed to the service to do so. Locast has argued since its inception that it is eligible for a nonprofit exemption from copyright laws, but the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week agreed with the broadcast networks, who challenged that nonprofit status.

Broadcasters Victorious As Judge Rules Against Locast

The four major U.S. broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — have emerged victorious in a lawsuit against Locast, a nonprofit that enables — or they say, basically steals — local TV streams. Plaintiffs — the stations — asked a judge to throw out Locast’s claim that its online service is legally exempt from copyright infringement liability because it seeks only donations, not fees, from users, and only enough to keep its business running. Locast wanted a finding that it is exempt.

Bombshell Lawsuit Has ‘GMA’ Co-Hosts At Each Other’s Throats

A bombshell lawsuit against the former top producer of Good Morning America has ignited a firestorm behind the scenes, with co-hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts allegedly at each other’s throats over the handling of claims that their former boss sexually assaulted multiple women at the network, according to four people with knowledge of the situation.

Disney And ABC Held Mediation Talks With Two Women Who Claim Sexual Assault By Former Top ‘GMA’ Producer

Former ‘GMA’ Top Producer Accused Of Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

An ABC News staffer filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Michael Corn, the former top producer of Good Morning America, alleging he sexually assaulted her and fostered a toxic work environment. Kirstyn Crawford, a producer on the morning show, alleged that Corn assaulted her in 2015 during a business trip to Los Angeles, according to the suit, which was filed in New York state court.

Ex-Iowa Anchor Hopes Her Age Bias Lawsuit Changes TV News

A year after WHO-TV Des Moines, Iowa, abruptly let her go, Sonya Heitshusen filed an age and gender discrimination lawsuit Tuesday against WHO’s parent company, Nexstar Media Group. The lawsuit alleges Heitshusen, 54, was “thrown out to pasture” because she was no longer seen as camera-worthy, after years in which she saw her male colleagues receive better treatment from management.

Trump Seeks Court Order Forcing YouTube To Restore Channel

Former President Donald Trump on Monday urged a federal court to order YouTube to quickly restore his former channel on the online video-sharing platform. In a 39-page request for an injunction, Trump’s lawyers argue that his permanent suspension from YouTube is causing him “irreparable injury,” because he is being deprived of “his donor and merchandising platforms,” as well as his ability to endorse political candidates.

‘The Young And The Restless’ Showrunner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Actress

Anthony Morina , the executive producer of The Young and the Restless allegedly made repeated advances toward actress Briana Thomas, commented on her body, offered her a “private acting lesson” and had her fired when she rebuffed him, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday against Morina and Sony Pictures Television.

Appeals Court Affirms MSNBC Win In ‘Russian Propaganda’ Suit

MSNBC and Rachel Maddow have again prevailed in a libel suit brought by Herring Networks, the owner of One America News Network (OAN). On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s ruling that Maddow’s statement about the Trump-friendly network isn’t actionable.

Netflix Must Face Ex-Prosecutor’s Defamation Lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday said Netflix Inc. must face a defamation lawsuit by former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein over her portrayal as a racist and unethical villain in When They See Us, a 2019 series about the Central Park Five case.

YouTube, Hasbro, Others Defeat Children’s Privacy Lawsuit

A federal judge has officially dismissed a class-action complaint accusing YouTube and other companies of violating children’s privacy, paving the way for an appellate court to intervene in the matter. The legal battle began in 2019, when California resident Nicole Hubbard sued YouTube and various companies that had channels on the video platform — including Hasbro, the Cartoon Network, Mattel, and DreamWorks — for allegedly tracking her 5-year-old child in order to serve targeted ads.

Court Affirms Judge Judy’s $47M Paycheck

Life felt a lot like TV judicial nonfiction as an appeals court poured ice cold water on efforts to drag the big salary of Judge Judy into the profits dust-up between CBS and Rebel Entertainment Partners over the now shuttered syndicated show. “It’s always gratifying when the correct judgment is affirmed,” Sheindlin said.

Netflix Countersues Alan Dershowitz

The messy legal battle over Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich docuseries has now gotten down and dirty. In a flurry of filings Monday, the streamer, director-showrunner Lisa Bryant, executive producer Joe Berlinger, and producers RadicalMedia and Leroy & Morton Productions all denied Alan Dershowitz’s claims of defamation and more made in May this year when he said he was hoodwinked into appearing in the high-profile series in 2019.

Disney Fires Back At Scarlett Johansson, Calls ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit ‘Sad And Distressing’

The Walt Disney Co. clapped back at Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson, slamming the actress’ breach of contract lawsuit for showing “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” In a court filing on Thursday, Johansson said Disney’s decision to send the Marvel movie to Disney Plus at the same time it was released in theaters cost her millions of dollars in backend compensation.

Disney Sued by Scarlett Johansson Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release

The film star says the decision to release the film simultaneously on Disney Plus and in theaters cost her $50 million.