Leopold, Petrich & Smith Legal Team Joins Ballard Spahr

Two nationally renowned Media and Entertainment Law practices have joined forces to create a powerhouse team with an expanded presence in Los Angeles.

Ballard Spahr was named 2019 Law Firm of the Year for Media Law and Copyright Law by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers. It also serves clients in business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate, with lawyers in 15 offices around the country.

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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 implied contract, constructive fraud, unjust enrichment, and quasi-contract.  After vigorous pretrial litigation and discovery, LP&S filed a motion for summary judgment showing that the Madagascar creators never saw the plaintiff's work and that the two works were similar only as to legally unprotected ideas.  Days before the hearing on the motion, the plaintiff dropped his lawsuit in exchange only for a promise by defendants not to seek attorneys’ fees.