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Julie Taymor's 'Spider-Man' lawsuit moves to court

In early March, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ex-director Julie Taymor filed new documents in her $1 million lawsuit against the producers of that Broadway disaster turned financial success. Now Taymor’s case has moved forward once more: The New York Times reports that its first courtroom arguments will take place in Manhattan today. Three separate motions will be brought before a judge; a full trial is expected to commence next year. Taymor, who conceived Spider-Man alongside composers Bono and The Edge and co-wrote the show’s original script, first sued her former colleagues in November. The musical’s producers fired back with a countersuit in January.

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Party-bus driver drops assault case against Matthew Fox -- EXCLUSIVE

A Cleveland bus driver who claimed that a drunken Matthew Fox assaulted her last August has withdrawn her lawsuit against the Lost actor. Heather Bormann had told authorities that Fox struck her repeatedly in the chest and crotch after he attempted to board her vehicle. The pair exchanged lawsuits, but Bormann’s attorney withdrew from the case in April, saying his client “intentionally failed and refused to provide full and timely cooperation and information,” and that she failed to honor an agreement to pay his out-of-pocket expenses.

The resolution in the party-bus incident comes just days after Dominic Monaghan went on Twitter and accused his Lost castmate of abusing women.

A spokesperson for Fox had no further comment.

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Dish Network on top for now in ad-skipping lawsuit

Dish Network has won the first round of litigation concerning its ad-skipping DVR technology, reports the L.A. Times. The Big Four — CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC — filed suit against the cable company soon after it introduced a new DVR feature called AutoHop that allows viewers to breeze past commercials.

A federal court judge in New York ruled yesterday in favor of Dish’s request for a temporary restraining order against the networks’ California-based litigation. “We’re pleased that the New York federal court has entered a [temporary restraining order] against Fox until the New York court decides whether the suits filed by Fox, CBS, and NBC in California should be enjoined in favor of Dish’s suit in New York,” said Dish General Counsel R. Stanton Dodge in a statement.  “Dish looks forward to presenting its case and prevailing on the merits.”

Fox was the first broadcast company to file suit on the West Coast. However, Dish filed its own suit in New York on May 24, before the networks, in hopes that a prior ruling on the East would set a precedent in its favor.

Both Dish and the broadcast networks have much at stake, as the outcome of the lawsuits — for copyright infringement and breach of contract on Fox’s end — could influence not only what features will be available to viewers on their TV devices but also the price for monthly service.

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$18.5M settlement for 'Transformers 3' injury

 The family of a woman left with brain damage after an accident during the filming of Transformers 3 has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Paramount Pictures.

Gabriela Cedillo was working as an extra in 2010 when she was hit in the head by a piece of flying metal during the filming of a stunt sequence in Hammond, Ind. An investigation found a weld connecting a car to a tow cable failed.

Her attorney says the 26-year-old needs constant care. Part of the settlement will be set aside for monthly settlement payments to ensure Cedillo has care for the rest of her life.

Paramount spokesman Robert Lawson says the studio is pleased the family agreed to “move forward with the settlement.” He calls what happened “a tragic accident.”

Lawsuit from second John Travolta accuser dismissed

The second masseur to bring a claim of sexual battery against John Travolta is now pondering his next step. EW has confirmed that John Doe Number Two’s lawsuit has been dismissed without prejudice by the United States District Court, Central District of California. This dismissal follows just two days after John Doe Number One dropped his lawsuit against Travolta. Marty Singer, Travolta’s lawyer, called both claims “absurd and ridiculous,” and Travolta even produced credit card slips to discredit John Doe Number Two. Now the first accuser has retained the legal services of famed attorney Gloria Allred who, per a statement from Allred’s office, “will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case.”

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First John Travolta assault accuser drops lawsuit

John Doe Number One — the first masseur to sue John Travolta for assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress — has dropped out of the lawsuit, People reports. The masseur’s action comes in the wake of evidence that contradicts his allegations, as well as his split from attorney Okorie Okorocha. A notice of dismissal was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles’s U.S. District Court.

“Let’s just say we had differences in opinion of how to handle the case and decided to part ways,” Okorocha told People. The lawyer is still representing John Doe Number Two, another masseur who claims the star used a private massage as an opportunity to make unwelcome sexual advances.

Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement that Number Two’s claim “is just as fabricated as the claim by Doe #1.” He added, “Our client will be fully vindicated in court on both of these absurd and fictional claims.”

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Tony organizers settle with Bret Michaels over 2009 accident

Tony organizers settle with Bret Michaels over 2009 accident

Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. The confidential settlement also covers Michaels’ claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” READ FULL STORY

Guilty verdict in Hudson murders

William Balfour, the 31-year-old former brother-in-law of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, was found guilty of murdering Hudson’s mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew. The jury took three days of deliberations to reach a guilty verdict, and Balfour now faces a mandatory life sentence in jail.

Balfour had been married to but separated from Hudson’s sister, Julia, at the time of the shootings, and the prosecution tried to prove that he had threatened to kill the Hudson family dozens of times while attempting to reconcile with her. “He said, ‘If you leave me, you will be the last to die. I’ll kill your family first,'” Julia Hudson testified.

Balfour had pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 killings. Jennifer Hudson also testified for the prosecution and attended all 11 days of the trial.

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No verdict yet in Hudson murder trial

Jurors finished a second day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of the man charged with murdering Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. The jury is scheduled to resume deliberations Friday morning in the trial of Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Judge Charles Burns has ordered the jurors sequestered at a hotel to ensure they won’t view media coverage of the trial.

Balfour, who turned 31 on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings. The former gang member faces a mandatory life prison sentence if he’s convicted on all charges.

Prosecutors say Balfour murdered Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in an act of vengeance because his estranged wife at the time, Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, refused to reconcile with him. READ FULL STORY

Lawyers ready closing arguments in Hudson murder trial

Two weeks of expert witnesses, grisly crime-scene photos and tearful testimony by Jennifer Hudson culminates Wednesday in closing arguments at the trial of the man accused of killing three of the Oscar-winner’s relatives.

The prosecution is likely to argue that overwhelming circumstantial evidence presented by 83 witnesses during their 11-day case proves Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, killed the star’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
The defense — which began and then closed their case Tuesday after a mere 30 minutes — is expected to note that no witnesses tied Balfour directly to the killings and that prosecutors haven’t met their burden of proving Balfour was the killer. The defense theorized in their opening that Hudson’s brother’s alleged crack-cocaine dealing might have led to the killings. They offered no testimony to support that theory but could still try to argue that it is a credible alternative explanation for the slayings.

After the closings, jurors will withdraw to a back room at the 80-year-old courthouse to begin deliberating on a verdict. READ FULL STORY

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