Judgment as a Matter of Law Granted to Defendants Following Jury Verdict for Plaintiff (2017)
June 14, 2017
  In Corbello v. DeVito, et al., following remand by the Ninth Circuit, the plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim against the creators and producers of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys proceeded to trial.  During ... Read More

REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND WALTER SADLER
May 27, 2017
REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND WALTER SADLER   ... Read More

Motion to Dismiss Granted in Two Copyright Infringement Lawsuits re Motion Picture "God's Not Dead" (2016/2017)
February 10, 2017
In Chey v. Pure Flix Entertainment LLC, et al., LP&S successfully moved to dismiss another copyright infringement lawsuit against the motion picture God's Not Dead.  The District Court Michael W. Fitzgerald, J., ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendants Pure Flix Entertainment LLC and David A.R. White in Idea Submission Lawsuit re Motion Picture "God's Not Dead" (2016)
October 14, 2016
In John Sullivan, et al. v. Pure Flix Entertainment LLC, et al., LP&S obtained summary judgment dismissing implied in fact (idea submission), breach of express contract, breach of confidence and unfair competition ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendant Local TV, LLC in Misappropriation of Name and Likeness Lawsuit (2016)
September 2, 2016
In Local TV, LLC v. Superior Court (Knutsson), 3 Cal.App.5th (2016), LP&S obtained a reversal in the California Court of Appeal, reversing the denial of defendant Local TV, LLC's motion for summary judgment ... Read More

Dismissal of Copyright and Unfair Competition Claims Re Motion Picture The Maze Runner (2016)
June 30, 2016
In Clark v. Dashner, 2016 WL 3621274 (D.N.Mex. June 30,. 2016), LP&S obtained a F.R.C.P. 12(b)(6) dismissal of claims of copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, and unfair competition asserted against client ... Read More

Anti-SLAPP Victory re Motion Picture "American Hustle" (2016)
June 6, 2016
In Brodeur v. Atlas Entertainment, Inc. et al., 248 Cal.App.4th 665 (2016), LP&S obtained a reversal in the California Court of Appeal, reversing the denial of defendants'  anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a defamation claim against the ... Read More

Leopold, Petrich & Smith named among U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms 2016
February 1, 2016
Leopold, Petrich & Smith received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law ... Read More

Anti-SLAPP Victory for Book Authors and Publisher (2015)
January 26, 2015
In Rhoads v. Margolis, 2015 WL 311932 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015), LP&S obtained an affirmance and reversal in part eliminating all tort claims against the publication of a biographical book about famous guitarist Randy Rhoads.  The ... Read More

Anti-SLAPP Victory for Small Business Owner (2014)
December 24, 2014
In Sadeghi v. Snell, 2014 WL 7366187 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed an Anti-SLAPP victory for a small business owner whose comment, that a real estate developer said he would copy her business if she did ... Read More

Dismissal For Defendants Affirmed on Appeal in "There's Something About Mary" and "Me, Myself, and Irene" Copyright Infringement Case (2014)
May 2, 2014
Stoddard White, Jr. v. Twentieth Century Fox Corporation, et al., D.C. Case No.: 2:11-cv-01987-SJO-SH, No. 12-55920 (9th Cir. 2014). LP&S obtained a dismissal for the defendants on copyright and fraud claims in this case ... Read More

Motion to Dismiss without leave to amend granted in copyright infringement suit against Oscar-winning motion picture HER (2014)
April 2, 2014
In Sachin Gadh, et al. v. Adam Spiegel, 2014 WL 1778950 (C.D.Cal. 2014), less than five weeks after the Complaint was filed, LP&S obtained dismissal for writer and director Spike Jonze of a suit alleging that the motion picture HER ... Read More

Anti-SLAPP Victory for Scientific Journal (2014)
February 18, 2014
In Critical Care Diagnostics, Inc. v. American Ass'n for Clinical Chemistry, Inc., 2014 WL 634206 (S.D. Cal. 2014), LPS successfully moved under California’s anti-SLAPP Act to strike a ... Read More

Leopold, Petrich & Smith named among U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms 2014
January 21, 2014
Leopold, Petrich & Smith received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law ... Read More

Co-counsel in successful "fair use" defense of Ed Sullivan Show TV clip in "Jersey Boys" play (2013)
March 11, 2013
In Sofa Entertainment, Inc. v. Dodger Productions, Inc., 782 F.Supp.2d 898 (C.D. Cal. 2010), aff'd 709 F.3d 1273 (9th Cir. 2013), LP&S, along with co-counsel, obtained summary judgment, based ... Read More

Bench trial and summary judgment victory for producers in chain-of-title dispute over motion picture remake rights to The Killer Inside Me (2013)
March 6, 2013
In M.U.S.E. Picture Productions, et al. v. Weinbach, et al., 2013 WL 820844 (Cal.App. 2 Dist.), LP&S obtained a bench trial determination and subsequent summary judgment ruling, affirmed on ... Read More

Summary judgment granted by Eastern District of Missouri dismissing Copyright Infringement Claim against Two Disney/Key Pix Santa Claus Movies (2012)
September 20, 2012
In Harter, et al. vs. Disney Enterprises, Inc., et al., 2012 WL 4324417 (E.D.Mo. 2012), LP&S obtained summary judgment dismissing copyright infringement claim against two Disney/Key Pix Santa Claus movies, "Santa Buddies: The Legend ... Read More

Summary judgment for Defendants in Idea Submission Lawsuit re Television Series “Lie to Me” (2012)
July 31, 2012
In John Gertz Productions, et al. vs. Twentieth Century Fox Television, et al., LP&S obtained a summary judgment dismissing implied in fact (idea submission) and breach of confidence claims against the Imagine Television/Twentieth ... Read More

Summary judgment for creators of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (2012)
January 31, 2012
In Corbello v. DeVito, et al., 832 F.Supp.2d 1231 (D.Nev. 2011); 844 F.Supp.2d 1136 (D.Nev. 2012), LP&S obtained summary judgment for Frankie Valli and the other creators of the Broadway ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendants in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit re Motion Picture "Alien vs. Predator" (2011)
March 30, 2011
In Muller v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 794 F.Supp.2d 429 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)), aff'd 501 Fed.Appx. 81 (2nd Cir. 2012), LP&S obtained a summary judgment against claims for copyright ... Read More

Dismissal for Defendant in Idea Submission Lawsuit re Animated Motion Picture "Bee Movie" (2011)
February 25, 2011
Richard Geralds v. DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc.  LP&S obtained a dismissal of an idea submission claim against Defendant DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc. over the animated theatrical motion picture ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendant in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit re Animated Motion Picture "Flushed Away" (2010)
December 28, 2010
Yolanda Buggs v. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. LP&S obtained a summary judgment dismissing a copyright infringement claim against DreamWorks Animations/Aardman Animations' animated theatrical motion ... Read More

Anti-SLAPP Victory for Publishing Company and Its Employees (2010)
December 13, 2010
San Juan Patents, et al. v. Dan Schechner, Erika Taylor, Hanley Wood, LLC LP&S successfully defended publishing company Hanley ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendant Screen Gems in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Re Motion Picture "Steppin'" (2010)
December 10, 2010
Clements v. Screen Gems, Inc. Plaintiff, an owner of ... Read More

Trial Victory for “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, Affirmed by Fifth Circuit
August 31, 2010
LP&S successfully defended Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. in a lawsuit against it, Tyler Perry, and Perry's production company regarding alleged copyright infringement in Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Plaintiff ... Read More

Summary Judgment & Fee Award for Defendants In Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Re TV’s “Desperate Housewives” (2010)
August 13, 2010
Bernal v. Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency, et. al., 788 F.Supp.2d 1043 (C.D. Cal. 2010) LP&S obtained summary judgment for “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and ... Read More

Stipulated Walk-Away Dismissal In Lawsuit Re Animated Hit “Madagascar” (2010)
July 1, 2010
LP&S represented DreamWorks Animation and other creators of the film Madagascar in a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida involving claims of copyright infringement and state law claims for breach of ... Read More

Motion to Dismiss Granted in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit re Motion Picture "Cars" (2010)
May 7, 2010
Campbell v. Walt Disney Co., 718 F.Supp. 2D 1108 (ND Cal. 2010) Holder of copyright registration for a screenplay brought action against movie studio and others that produced allegedly infringing animated movie ... Read More

Summary Judgment For Defendant Affirmed on Appeal in “Year of the Dog” Idea Submission Case (2009)
August 6, 2009
Kightlinger v. White, 2009 WL4022193 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 23, 2009) LP&S obtained dual grants of summary judgment for the defendant on breach of confidence and breach of implied contract claims in this idea submission case ... Read More

Summary Judgment for Defendants In Lawsuit re “Replicant” (2007)
October 10, 2007
Stratso v. Artisan Entertainment, Inc. et. al. LP&S obtained a grant of summary judgment in favor of multiple defendants including Netflix, Amazon.com, Blockbuster, NBC Universal and Jean-Claude Van Damme in this copyright ... Read More

Dismissal, Summary Judgment for Defendants re “Prison Break” (2007)
August 30, 2007
Hughes v. Fox Broadcasting Co. and Paul Scheuring LP&S obtained a grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants in this copyright infringement action in the Western district of Missouri alleging defendants used plaintiffs’ ... Read More

Dismissal, Summary Judgment for Defendants re “White Chicks” (2007)
July 12, 2007
A Slice of Pie Productions v. Wayan Brothers Entertainment  LP&S obtained summary judgment for the producers and distributors of the motion picture White ... Read More

Vindication for Defendants In Lawsuit Re “Broken Flowers” (2007)
June 8, 2007
Martin v. Vivendi Universal Entertainment, et. al. LP&S represented director Jim Jarmusch and producer Focus Features in this action where the plaintiff, a screenwriting instructor at New York University, initially brought ... Read More

Defense Victories in “Borat” Lawsuits (2006-present)
August 11, 2006
LP & S supervised the defense of several cases in various locations involving the 2006 motion picture Borat starring Sasha Baron Cohen for defendant Twentieth Century Fox. The cases involved invasion of privacy, ... Read More