Entertainment and Media Litigation

Successfully resolving disputes involving entertainment and media businesses and individuals requires a unique combination of in-depth industry knowledge, business acumen and legal savvy. Paul Hastings can help.

A Leader in Entertainment and Media Litigation

Our Entertainment and Media Litigation Group is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading practices, experienced in handling almost any type of contentious problem that might arise in the industry, including contract disputes, partnership and joint-venture disputes, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation (including copyright, trademark, privacy and trade secrets claims) and business tort claims We represent a wide variety of clients, from motion picture studios, television networks, and independent production companies to private equity and other entertainment investment entities, music companies, electronic game companies and leading individuals such as directors, writers, producers and songwriters.

Representative Client Successes

Represented United Talent Agency in securing a dismissal in the trial court, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of an antitrust and business tort lawsuit challenging the agency business practice of “packaging”.

Successfully defended Warner Bros. in a major class action alleging that participants in Warner Bros. and MGM motion pictures were improperly paid royalties on the exploitation of motion pictures in various home video formats.

Successfully defended Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment against a nine-figure class action claim alleging multiple violations of the Telephone Communications Protection Act (TCPA) in connection with the marketing campaign for the motion picture Warcraft.

Successfully prosecuted, on behalf of Walt Disney Pictures, a trademark infringement action of Disney’s rights in the motion picture Frozen.

Secured the dismissal on behalf of Pixar Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company of a copyright infringement concerning the recent Pixar motion picture Onward.

Successfully represented Activision, in an interrelated series of lawsuits relating to the development of and profit distributions from of the best-selling Call of Duty series of video games.

Successfully defended Mark Burnett Productions, NBC Television, Donald Trump and others in a federal court action alleging copyright infringement in connection with the popular non-scripted television series, The Apprentice.

Successfully represented the well-known motion picture director Peter Jackson in a lawsuit concerning Jackson’s profit participation in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy of motion pictures.

Successful represented legendary and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performing Stevie Wonder against copyright infringement claims concerning the sound recording and compostion, For Your Love.

Successfully represented Universal Music Group to defeat in all material respects at trial royalty claims brought by the heirs of Bing Crosby alleging underpayments exceeding $75 million. Prior to trial, we secured a landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court clarifying the circumstances in which the attorney-client privilege ends upon an individual’s death.