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KWIKA wins for Bieber/Usher in song theft suit

KWIKA partners Howard Weitzman and Jeremiah Reynolds prevailed on behalf of Justin Bieber and Usher in a lawsuit claiming the singers stole the idea and essential elements of plaintiffs' 2008 song, "Somebody to Love," in writing their own 2010 versions with the same title. Plaintiffs Devin "the Dude" Copeland and Mareio Overton had alleged tha... Read More

Michael Kump handles major entertainment transaction

Michael Kump represented Lloyd Braun, co-owner and co-founding partner of entertainment powerhouse BermanBraun, in the transaction that resulted in Braun becoming the company’s sole owner by purchasing his partner’s interest as of January 29, 2014. Braun is recognized throughout the entertainment industry as an innovator in traditional and... Read More

Rogue employee’s insider trading likely won’t incriminate firm

KWIKA partner David Swift was quoted by Law360 in Pete Brush's article on the arrest of a clerk in the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for insider trading. That the firm itself is not considered culpable is small comfort to Simpson Thacher since its bread and butter is private equity and corporate merger transactions,... Read More

KWIKA obtains summary judgment for Mattel in copyright dispute over ‘Masters of the Universe’

The United States District Court in Los Angeles has ruled in favor of KWIKA’s client, toy manufacturer Mattel, Inc., entering summary judgment in Mattel’s favor against the claim of writer Donald Glut that Glut owns a copyright interest in work done for Mattel’s famous Masters of the Universe brand. In 2013, Glut had approached Mattel assert... Read More