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Producer Jason Van Eman Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison Over $60M Fraud Scheme

Jason Van Eman, a producer and former actor, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for defrauding investors out of more than $60 million. A federal judge in Florida delivered the sentence on Thursday after a jury found Van Eman, 44, guilty of wire fraud and money laundering, according to court records. He must […]

Apple Settles Suit Against Chicago Over City’s Tax on Streaming Services

Apple and Chicago have come to terms on a deal to drop the tech giant’s lawsuit challenging the city’s first-of-its-kind tax on users of streaming services. In an order issued on Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Duffy dismissed the case. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. Chicago introduced a so-called “Netflix tax” in […]

Timothy Hutton Countersued by ‘Leverage: Redemption’ Producer Over Contract Dispute

A bitter court battle is brewing over Timothy Hutton’s dismissal from the reboot for Leverage after he was accused of raping a teenager in 1983. Responding to a lawsuit filed by the actor claiming his deal was breached, series producer Electric Entertainment alleges Hutton “intentionally withheld and concealed” attempting to pay off the victim in […]

One ‘Rust’ Producer Dodges Some Claims in Suit From Script Supervisor

A Rust producer escaped some claims in a lawsuit from the movie’s script supervisor who argued that the producer was at fault over the on-set shooting in October that resulted in the death and injury of two crew members. A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed claims of assault and infliction of emotional distress against […]

Twitter’s Case Against Elon Musk Might Be Tougher Than Expected

Elon Musk has spent the past two months dragging Twitter through the mud. He divulged internal company data about its bot check sample size. He claimed chief executive Parag Agrawal misrepresented Twitter’s daily user estimate. He even accused the company of lying about the number of spambots and fake accounts on the platform — going […]

Appeals Court Orders Unsealing of Closed-Door Testimony in Polanski Case

A state appeals court Wednesday ordered the unsealing of a former prosecutor’s testimony in the criminal case against Roman Polanski. The ruling could eventually draw to a close the 45-year-old legal saga. California’s Second Appellate District issued the order after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office lifted its opposition to unseal transcripts of closed-door testimony […]

Twitter Sues Elon Musk to Enforce $44B Takeover

Twitter has sued Elon Musk over his decision to scrap a $44 billion takeover of the social media company, arguing he’s required to consummate the deal in accordance with the merger agreement. “Having mounted a public spectacle to put Twitter in play, and having proposed and then signed a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes […]

L.A. District Attorney Won’t Oppose Roman Polanski’s Effort to Unseal Testimony From Prosecutor in 1977 Case

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is no longer opposing a request to unseal a former prosecutor’s testimony that Roman Polanski claims will reveal misconduct from a judge, thus warranting dismissal of the decades-old case against him. Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday lifted their opposition to unseal transcripts of closed-door testimony from the original […]

Unions Take Broadway Show ‘Paradise Square’ to Court for $350,000 in Unpaid Benefits, Wages

Actors’ Equity and the union representing theatrical designers are separately taking Broadway musical Paradise Square to court for close to $350,000 total in owed benefit contributions, wages and other fees.  United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, which is a part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, is taking legal action against the production […]

Johnny Depp Settles ‘City of Lies’ Assault Suit Ahead of Trial

Johnny Depp has reached a tentative deal to resolve a suit from a City of Lies crewmember who says the actor assaulted him on set. According to a notice of settlement filed with the court Monday, Depp settled with location manager Greg “Rocky” Brooks in a deal that requires Depp to follow through with unspecified […]

One Big Reason Hollywood Hasn’t Begun Boycotting States Over Abortion Access

The Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade puts Hollywood between a rock and a hard place. While some entertainment industry executives may have tried in years past to stay out of the political fray, industry leaders have been spurred to weigh in on issues that talent have started to consider deal-breakers when assessing whether […]

Lewis Black Sues Pandora for $10M in Latest Comedian Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Pandora has been hit with another lawsuit by a comedian accusing the streamer of shortchanging artists by neglecting to obtain the proper copyrights to stream their works — this time by Lewis Black. According to a complaint filed Thursday in California federal court, Pandora “took and exploited his works solely to make themselves money while […]