JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Court Should Quash Retrans-Killer Locast

How does Locast think it can get away with retransmitting broadcast signals to smartphones and smart TVs without compensating broadcasters? By claiming to be a nonprofit. But I expect that a federal judge will see through that fiction and find that it is nothing more than a front for Dish and AT&T’s DirecTV.

 

Two Former NY1 Female Anchors Suing Charter

Thalia Perez and Michelle Greenstein, both of whom were let go by the company in 2017, have filed a lawsuit alleging age, gender as well as pregnancy discrimination.

RETRANS

ABC, CBS, Fox And NBC Sue Over Locast

The broadcasters aim to shut down the digital app service that has attracted tens of thousands of users and is threatening billions of dollars in retransmission contracts.

Ryan Seacrest, Bravo Sued By Ex-‘America’s Top Model’ Contestant

AT&T Sues Max Retrans Over Confidential Data

AT&T has sued Max Retrans, a consultant that works with TV stations negotiating with distributors, claiming it used confidential data to get higher fees for its clients. In U.S. Court in St. Louis, AT&T said it is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, including inflated retransmission consent fees, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Laurie Luhn Drops $750M ‘Loudest Voice’ Suit

Laurie Luhn, the former Fox News staffer who made sexual abuse allegations against Roger Ailes, has dropped a $750 million lawsuit against Showtime over the forthcoming miniseries The Loudest Voice.

Ex-Anchor Suing KUSI For $10 Million

Former evening anchor Sandra Maas is McKinnon Broadcasting’s San Diego independent KUSI for $10 million. In her lawsuit, Maas alleges retaliatory termination and violation of the equal pay act.

NBC, NFL, Underwood Sued Over ‘SNF’ Theme

On Wednesday, a songwriting team filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against singer Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC, saying they stole a song and used it to introduce Sunday Night Football during the 2018-19 season.

‘Bones’ EP Adds New Fox-Disney Fraud Claim

Less than two months after a California judge eviscerated the unprecedented $179 million award that Bones executive producers and stars won in their long-running profits participation legal clash with 21st Century Fox, Barry Josephson today added fraud to his claims against the now Disney-owned entity.

VidAngel Must Pay Studios $62.4M

A California jury Monday ordered the Provo-based VidAngel to pay $62.4 million to four Hollywood studios, for violating the studios’ copyrights by streaming filtered versions of their movies into customers’ homes.

ANA Sues Over Drug Price Disclosure Mandate

The Association of National Advertisers has joined with three pharmaceutical companies in a challenge to a new federal rule requiring that television ads for prescription drugs include their list price.

Facebook To Settle Inflated Metrics Suit

Facebook has agreed to settle a class-action complaint accusing the company of inflating video metrics by up to 900%.

Warner Bros. Reveals Details Of Franklin’s Ouster

Why was Jeff Franklin removed from his role as showrunner of Fuller House? A studio executive testifies that multiple female writers accused the TV veteran of boasting of orgies, denigrating female directors and expressing the wish that female staffers would get hysterectomies.

Court Hears Argument In TV Dereg Challenge

FCC media ownership deregulation took its latest trip to Philadelphia Tuesday (June 11) as the FCC defended its most recent rule changes against a challenge by Prometheus Radio Project in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The FCC defended its efforts, or in Prometheus’ view, its lack of them, on diversity.

Supreme Court To Hear Cable TV Bias Dispute

On Monday, the justices of the high court announced that they had accepted for review a case claiming discrimination in contracting against Comcast in alleged violation of section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act. The $20 billion lawsuit comes from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Network, an African American owned programmer upset over the way that cable TV distributors refused to make good offers to license his channels.

Fox, Disney Headed For Win In Netflix Fight

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejects Netflix’s view that Fox’s employment contracts are tainted with illegality.

Jenni Rivera TV Series Results In First Amendment Win For Univision

Judge In WGA Suit Against Agencies Replaced Again

Orioles-Nats Dispute Set For Court Arguments

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has set July 12 for oral arguments in the long-running dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over money from the cable channel they jointly own, Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen on Friday accepted the schedule proposed by the teams. Washington wants Cohen to confirm […]

Conan O’Brien Settles Joke-Theft Lawsuit

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Conan O’Brien has made peace with a man who heckled him not from the crowd but the courts. O’Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff, agreed Thursday to settle a 2015 lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who alleged the talk-show host stole five jokes from his Twitter feed and […]

DMA 6: WASHINGTON

Nexstar Sues DirecTV Over Unlaunched Station Fee

Nexstar has sued DirecTV in a New York federal court, claiming breach of contract. At issue is an “unlaunched station fee” that it says DirecTV agreed to pay for not being required to immediately launch Nexstar station WHAG (aka WDVM). The Hagerstown, Md.,, station lost its affiliation with NBC on July 1, 2016.

‘Bones’ Stars Vow To Appeal Judge’s Ruling

In a stunning win for Fox, a California judge on Thursday tossed most of the $179 million that Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and executive producers Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs were awarded by an arbitrator earlier this year. Judge Richard Rico has stripped all of the $128 million in punitive damages that Fox was contesting off the award granted by former judge Peter Lichtman in late February.

Viacom And DC Battle Over BET Land

Washington, D.C., is locked in a court battle with entertainment cable channel BET over land the city practically gave away to help launch an African-American entertainment center in 1992.

Fox Aims To Wipe Out Damages In ‘Bones’ Decision

A whopping $128 million ruling in arbitration came after Fox licensed the Emily Deschanel series to Hulu for very little. Next week, the parties appear in open court for the next round of the dispute.

TiVo Fires Another Lawsuit At Comcast

TiVo has lobbed yet another lawsuit at Comcast, alleging that the cable operator is infringing on six patents that, it claims, have linkages to Comcast-supplied DVR and non-DVR set-top box devices and broadband gateways and various services and apps that run on them.

DMA 80: ROCHESTER, NY

Former WHEC Meteorologist Sues Station

WGA Sues Talent Agencies

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims agents’ use of so-called packaging fees is illegal under California law because they pose “numerous conflicts of interest between writers and the agencies serving as their agents.”

Moonves, CBS File Briefs In Pension Lawsuit

Former CBS Chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS corporate filed legal briefs Friday in connection with a shareholder lawsuit that accuses CBS, its board and Moonves of failing to disclose information that would affect business operations and stock prices.

Marshall Sues Nexstar Over Station Sales

Marshall Broadcasting Group, owned by Pluria Marshall Jr., has filed suit against Nexstar Broadcasting in the New York State Supreme Court. Marshall alleges that Nexstar sold it three TV stations only to gain FCC approval of other station sales then attempted to “hobble” those stations so it could ultimately re-acquire them at a bargain basement price. “The allegations made by MBG … are spurious and without merit,” said Nexstar in a statement.

Chicago To Sue Jussie Smollett For Investigation Costs

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the “Empire” actor for money spent investigating what officials say was a phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a March 28 letter demanding he […]

Nexstar Accused Of Sabotaging Black-Owned Group

A black-owned TV company sued Nexstar Media Group on Wednesday, accusing the company of sabotaging its efforts to operate independently. Marshall Broadcasting Group owns three Fox affiliates in Odessa, Texas; Shreveport, La.; and Davenport, Iowa. The company, owned by Pluria Marshall Jr., bought the stations from Nexstar in 2014, as Nexstar was looking to divest in order to win FCC approval for a series of acquisitions.

Woman Sues Weather Channel Over Storm Chaser Son’s Death

DALLAS (AP) — A mother is suing The Weather Channel for $125 million over the death of her son, who was killed in a crash with storm chasers who worked for the cable network. Karen Di Piazza alleges Kelley Williamson and Randall Yarnall, who had a show called “Storm Wranglers,” ran a stop sign on […]

Jeanine Pirro Beats Defamation Lawsuit From Black Lives Matter Activist

FCC Pays Reporter $43K In FOIA Suit

The FCC this week agreed to pay a journalist $43,000 to settle a lawsuit over the agency’s decision to withhold records about fake comments posted to its website. The FCC on Wednesday settled the lawsuit with freelance reporter Jason Prechtel, who sued two years ago after the FCC did not fulfill his documents request.

Lawo: Evertz Legal Claims Are Unfounded

In response to Evertz’s recent press release about its patent infringement suit against Lawo, Lawo strongly denies any infringement of patents as alleged by Evertz and believes that the allegedly infringed patents are invalid. The Evertz lawsuit asserts that Lawo infringes seven patents relating to Evertz’ internet protocol-based video routing and switching technology and multi-image […]

‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s Trump Suit Can Proceed

A panel of judges on the Supreme Court Appellate Division said in their ruling, in a case brought by Summer Zervos, that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require trials in state court to be delayed until the president is out of office. She accused President Trump of unwanted kissing and groping can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against him

COMMENTARY

Battling To Be A Middle-Age Female Anchor

There is no fighting sexism on television without fighting age discrimination along with it.

Actor Drops ‘Carlton Dance’ Suit Against Video Game Maker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game “Fortnite” over its use of the “Carlton” dance he did on the show. Ribeiro’s lawyers filed documents Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles saying he’s voluntarily dismissing the suit against North […]

Judge Throws Out Bill O’Reilly Accuser’s Defamation Suit

Netflix Heads To Court Over Fox Poaching

An upcoming legal faceoff over executive hiring could completely upend the traditional studio practice of locking in employees through long-term contracts. Is the entertainment world ready to embrace the gig economy?