U.S. Supreme Court Ruling; CSEL Gains Momentum

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Paula Petrella in "Raging Bull" Case - CSEL's Amicus Brief Cited By News Outlets Nationwide!

Lowe & Associates is pleased to announce that Paula Petrella, with amicus assistance from the firm (on behalf of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers), has emerged victorious from her fight with MGM in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 6-3 opinion, written by Justice Ginsburg, reversed the District Court and Ninth Circuit rulings that threw out Petrella’s copyright claim on the basis of laches (undue delay in bringing her case). Up until this ruling, federal courts around the country have failed to agree on whether and when laches should override the Copyright Act’s "rolling" three-year statute of limitations. The Supreme Court’s final word on the matter: laches cannot be invoked to preclude adjudication of a claim for damages brought within the Act’s three-year window.  See The Hollywood Reporterand The Wire where the CSEL brief is mentioned.

California Society of Entertainment Lawyers Gains Momentum In 2014.

Bottom Row (L to R):  Pierre Pine, Aleksandra Hilvert, Larry Zerner, Steven Lowe. Top Row (L to R): Neville Johnson, Marc Toberoff, Azita Mirzaian, David Pierce, Howard King, Ed McPherson, Daniel Lifschitz.

The California Society of Entertainment Lawyers ("CSEL") has endorsed an amendment to California's current Anti-SLAPP statute which is being presented at this year's Conference of California Bar Associations ("CCBA").  The amendment seeks to even the playing field by making the award of attorney’s fees to a plaintiff who prevails in opposing an Anti-SLAPP motion discretionary, instead of payable only in the event that the defendant’s Anti-SLAPP motion was “frivolous or is solely intended to cause unnecessary delay” (Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 425.16(c)(1)).  For more information (including membership inquiries) on CSEL, visit www.csel-la.org or contact CSEL's Secretary at Aleksandra@lowelaw.com.  Stay tuned for more news as the legislative process heats up! 


Looks like BBC America has a cloning problem on their hands!

On April 16th, Lowe & Associates, on behalf of writer Stephen Hendricks, filed a complaint against BBC America and Temple Street Productions alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. Temple Street is the production company behind "Orphan Black," a BBC America hit sci-fi thriller television series about human cloning that recently premiered Season 2.

More info can be found here along with a copy of the complaint here.

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