KWIKA wins three for SeaWorld

KWIKA’s SeaWorld Team, Larry Iser, Kristen Spanier, Greg Gabriel and Nick Soltman recently notched three significant victories for our client SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, obtaining the dismissal of three consolidated class actions in federal court in San Diego, the withdrawal of four safety citations issued by Cal-OSHA, and the denial of a motion to remand a fourth class action lawsuit removed by SeaWorld to the federal court in Oakland, California. Read More

KWIKA wins summary judgment in ‘New Girl’ copyright infringement claim

Since 2014, KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Gregory Korn have been representing defendant William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles concerning the hit Fox television series, “New Girl.” The action was filed by two screenwriters who in 2008 and 2009 submitted copies of their screenplay “Square One” to talent agents at Endeavor Talent Agency (which in 2009 merged with William Morris to become WME Entertainment). Plaintiffs allege that the agents provided the screenplay, or summaries of the screenplay, to various individuals, including ... Read More

Judge dismisses ‘New Girl’ idea theft claim

KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Gregory Korn are representing defendant William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles concerning the hit ABC television series, “New Girl.” The action was filed by two writers who allege that WME and other defendants (mostly Fox entities plus the series’ creator and executive producer) stole their idea for the series and are also infringing on their copyright in their script. On June 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the idea theft claim and dismissed th... Read More

KWIKA wins for Studio Solutions Group on breach of contract

KWIKA partner Jeremiah Reynolds has prevailed in arbitration on behalf of Studio Solutions Group ("SSG"), an international film distributor, on SSG's claim that film rights licensor IM Global ("IMG") breached the parties' agreements on several films by accepting the agreed-upon payments from SSG and then refusing to grant the distribution rights. Read More

KWIKA settles suit on behalf of Studio Solutions Group

KWIKA partner Jeremiah Reynolds negotiated a settlement for Taiwanese client Studio Solutions Group (SSG) in its lawsuit against Bob Jones of International Production Associates (IPA) related to defamatory emails sent by Jones to SSG's business partners. In addition to the confidential monetary settlement, Jones apologized to SSG and its principal Johnny Lin "for any harm and inconvenience caused by the emails," asserting that "the information he sent about SSG and Mr. Lin was false." Read More

KWIKA wins film lawsuit for Michael Keaton

KWIKA founding partner Michael Kump and Jeremiah Reynolds convinced a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss claims filed against renowned actor Michael Keaton in connection with the motion picture The Merry Gentleman. Keaton starred in and made his directorial debut in the independent film which garnered widespread praise from critics when it premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and when it was released in May 2009. Read More

KWIKA wins copyright case on the film ‘Elysium’

KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Greg Korn represented all defendants in a copyright infringement action filed in 2013 by a screenwriter who claimed the motion picture Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster infringed the copyright in his screenplay. (more…)... Read More

KWIKA ‘Stands Up For Gus’ and wins for Jason Patric under First Amendment

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney agreed with KWIKA founding partner Larry Iser today in a ruling denying Danielle Schreiber's request for a restraining order that would have prevented Larry's client, actor Jason Patric, from using Schreiber and Patric's son's name and likeness in the media and in connection with the parental alienation advocacy group founded by Patric, "Stand Up For Gus." Read More

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. (more…)... 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. (more…)... Read More