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Tracy Morgan's Lawyer Says He's "Still Struggling" After Accident

Despite the hopeful update on Tracy Morgan standup Neal Brennan shared last week, Morgan's lawyer wants to make it clear that the former 30 Rock and SNL star still has a long way to go in the recovery process — and a big part of that process will include his lawyer making sure Walmart takes full responsibility for the June accident that injured Morgan and friends and killed his writing partner and mentor James McNair. Appearing on Today this morning, Morgan's lawyer Benedict Morelli noted that his client is "still struggling, but he's a fighter and he's had issues before that he's fought through and he's [...]

'Arsenio' Writer Suing Hall and CBS for $2M for Failing to Promote Him to Head Writer

A broken promise has turned into a $2 million lawsuit for The Arsenio Hall Show and CBS, where writer Paul Raff claims he was unfairly cheated out of a head writer position. As reported by Deadline, Raff — a former Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer — claims that he met with Hall and executive producer John Ferriter in August 2012, which "resulted in an agreement that Raff would be employed as head writer of the show." Raff and Ferriter also made an agreement for Ferriter to act as his "exclusive representative" and counsel him in his career, and though the contract of the complete agreement was drafted up it [...]

Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' Are Being Sued for Defamation

Flight attendant Louann Giambattista is suing Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, and NBC over a segment that she says accused her of "engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat." The segment stemmed from another lawsuit Giambattista filed against her employer Americna Airlines, in which she said that her co-workers had falsely said that "she was carrying her pet rats onto work flights, and concealing them in her pantyhose or underwear." Panelists Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton were given the topic as part of Leno's topical segment "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," where Giambattista says she was "systematically criticized, defamed, and humiliated." Apparently a lot of people in her neighborhood watch The [...]

Adam Carolla's Company Sued Over Podcast Patent Dispute

A patent licensing company called Personal Audio LLC has issued lawsuits to Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting and HowStuffWorks.com, two of the biggest podcasting entities in the game, in a patent infringement case, 9to5Mac reports. The patent in question, which was issued last year, is for a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence," and the result of the lawsuit will certainly have a big impact on the booming podcast industry. Personal Audio has had success with these tech patent lawsuits in the past, winning $8 million from Apple in a 2011 case and entering licensing agreements with Sirius, Motorola, Samsung, Archos, Coby, RIM, and Amazon  after [...]

Man Claims The Hangover Part II Was Based on His Life

Michael Alan Rubin is suing Warner Brothers, arguing that the plot of The Hangover Part II was stolen from a script he wrote about his 2007 honeymoon in Thailand and India. He claims that the movie also constitutes an "exploitation of [his] private real life." Which begs the question, how much dignity would his life have to be exploited in the first place if he truly spent that much time with a monkey in a cutoff denim vest?

Rubin is also suing for defamation, claiming that "the filmmakers suggested the inference that he was under the influence of drugs when he ditched his girlfriend and proposed to a [...]

Production Company Suing Seth MacFarlane Over Ted the Teddy Bear

Seth MacFarlane may be going to court over a teddy bear. According to THR, a California production company called Bengal Mangle Productions has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the comedian and Universal over the concept behind his hit 2012 film Ted, claiming that the vulgar womanizing teddy bear character was stolen from their 2008 screenplay-turned-web series called Acting School Academy and Charlie the Abusive Teddy, which starred a strikingly similar teddy bear named Charlie and got over 1.2 million views on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Funny or Die, and Vimeo.

According to the lawsuit, Charlie lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has [...]

NBC Sued for 'Comedy Playground' Trademark Violation

Earlier this month, NBC announced a new initiative called Comedy Playground, in which they're taking open submissions for projects from aspiring comedy writers, and the network is now being sued for using that name. A Los Angeles comedy school that also goes by the name "Comedy Playground" filed a trademark suit this week in federal court. They've been using the registered name since 2002 and are seeking damages and profits plus a court order keeping NBC from using the name.

"The harm caused by NBC’s actions to Comedy Playground and its reputation is devastating and irreversible," says the suit, which you can read in its entirety via [...]

Your Favorite Podcasts Need Your Help to Defeat Patent Trolls

Earlier this year, a patent troll sued podcasters Adam Carolla and How Stuff Works and they've threatened dozens of other top podcasters with    questionable, expensive lawsuits too. Congress has instituted a bill called the SHIELD Act to stop these patent trolls from taking advantage of content creators, and if you're a fan of any podcasts at all – or a podcaster yourself, you can head over to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to send a message to your representative to support the bill so that we can stop this bullshit before it starts to affect (and potentially shut down) your favorite shows.

Louis Vuitton Is Suing Warner Brothers Over The Hangover Part II

Isn't it weird to think about the lives of people who spend all day, every day focusing on executing idiotic lawsuits like the one Louis Vuitton has served Warner Brothers with over Zach Galifianakis using Louis Vuitton luggage in The Hangover Part II? I wonder what they dreamed of being as children.

Real-Life Johnny Bananas Suing Entourage in Douchiest Trial of the Century

An MTV reality "star" by the name of Johnny Bananas is suing the creators of Entourage because they use that name as the title of Johnny Drama's highly improbable animated series, Johnny's Bananas, in the show. Hopefully, the judge will sentence all involved parties to a life sentence on the grounds of come the fuck on.

Tracy Morgan Files Lawsuit Against Walmart After Leaving Rehabilitation Center

Over a month after being involved in a fatal car wreck that resulted in multiple injuries and the death of his mentor and writing partner James McNair, Tracy Morgan has not only made enough physical progress to leave rehab and move back home, but according to the LA Times he's also filed a lawsuit against Walmart for negligence with the tractor trailer driver who caused the accident. According to the lawsuit, "Walmart knew or should have known" that driver Kevin Roper — who has pled not guilty to one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto — had been awake for over [...]

Two Writers File a Plagiarism Lawsuit Against 'New Girl' Creators, Call Show a "Slavish Copy"

Well this doesn't look good. Two writers have filed a lawsuit in California federal court against the team behind Fox's hit show New Girl, claiming the series to be "blatant plagiarism" of a pilot they wrote in 2006. THR obtained a copy of the complaint filed against New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether, executive producer Peter Chernin, Fox, and talent agency WME in which screenwriting duo Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold demand money, creative credit, a public apology, and an injunction to stop all future filming and distribution of New Girl, then go on to illustrate a ton of striking similarities between the Fox show and their earlier [...]

The Entire Podcast Community Is in Danger Because of a Patent Troll Case

A patent licensing company called Personal Audio LLC has claimed that it owns a patent to podcasting technology and has sent letters to a bunch of podcasters, requesting to be paid for the use of said technology. The patent itself is for an "apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available," which is incredibly vague and ridiculous. This represents a great threat to the booming comedy podcast scene, and industry leaders like Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Jesse Thorn, Joe Rogan, Kevin Smith, Dan Harmon, and Earwolf have all taken to [...]

SNL and Andy Samberg Accused of Song Thievery

A music production team in St. Louis is suing Andy Samberg for using the music for Shy Ronnie, the SNL digital short featuring Rihanna. I assume the entirety of the courtroom proceedings will be autotuned. Also, have the accusers even considered that maybe Andy Samberg was just too shy to ask for the rights? I know, I know, and yes, Samberg can retain my legal services for this case. Although, he's being sued by people whose stage names are Rick the Rular and Foxx StarStrukk, so he may need to find a lawyer who has practice dealing with ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE.