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

KWIKA wins appeal of Mattel board game win

The California Court of Appeal has upheld Mattel’s 2011 defense verdict over its alleged failure to adhere to a license agreement for the board game Outburst.  Mattel was represented at trial and again on appeal by KWIKA lawyers Larry Iser, Kristen Spanier and Chad Fitzgerald. (more…)... Read More

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of action filed against KWIKA client, Shaquille O’Neal

On May 24, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court granting the motion filed by KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Jonathan Steinsapir to dismiss a complaint filed against NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal. When Mr. O’Neal was sued in July 2011 by an alleged former business associate, KWIKA filed a motion on his behalf to dismiss the entire lawsuit on the ground it was time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations.  Plaintiff countered that the statute of limitations had been tolled by California Code of Civil Procedure Se... Read More