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MGM Sued Over Home Video Royalties Fo...

6:43 PM PDT 3/21/2014 by Alex Ben Block This is the latest lawsuit over the distributors’ practice of only...

MGM Sued Over Home Video Royalties For 1965′s ‘What’s New Pussycat?’
posted on: Apr 13, 2014 | author: admin

Net Profits?

We are currently lead counsel on class actions against five major movie studios, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount and 20th Century Fox, for underpayment of talent and entities for movies made prior to 1981 that were released on home video.

Net Profits?
posted on: Jan 25, 2014 | author: admin

Should you take the case? Or client, ...

The most important attribute of a trial attorney is the ability to know which cases to take and which to turn down.

Should you take the case? Or client, for that matter?
posted on: Oct 23, 2013 | author: admin

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood

Bautzer’s services to Hughes went beyond Law to include serving as paymaster to Hughes’s many girlfriends

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood
posted on: Sep 17, 2013 | author: admin

The Case About TV News That TV News M...

Neville L. Johnson, attorney for Beverly Deteresa, the flight attendant who served O.J. Simpson on his flight to Chicago the night that his wife was murdered in 1994

The Case About TV News That TV News Missed
posted on: Sep 17, 2013 | author: admin

Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America...

For the sixth consecutive year, The Hollywood Reporter named Neville Johnson a Power Lawyer, one the top 100 entertainment lawyers in the US

Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America’s Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys
posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: admin

Remedies for Web Defamation

Given that the Internet provides virtually unlimited access to information, it is no surprise that claims of defamation and invasion of privacy have exploded.

Remedies for Web Defamation
posted on: May 16, 2013 | author: admin

Talent agency act survives suit, clar...

The National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) lost the first round of its fight against the constitutionality of the California Talent Agencies Act (TAA)

Talent agency act survives suit, clarity remains elusive
posted on: May 11, 2013 | author: admin

Motels Singer Advances in Lawsuit Ove...

Martha Davis has been looking at her royalty statements and wondering whether she should be getting more income when consumers buy music off of digital outlets.

Motels Singer Advances in Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties
posted on: Apr 19, 2013 | author: admin

Litigators Fight for Their Clients in...

“It’s exciting to challenge practices in the music, film and television industries that violate the rights of talent for compensation they are owed,” Johnson says.

Litigators Fight for Their Clients in the Contentious Arena of Entertainment Law
posted on: Apr 18, 2013 | author: admin

Inside Universal’s Ugly Battle ...

Glen Larson is represented by attorney Neville Johnson, who previously handled the lawsuit of Jack Klugman, star of the Larson-produced show Quincy, M.E.

Inside Universal’s Ugly Battle with the Creator of ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’
posted on: Apr 18, 2013 | author: admin

Director Hal Needham Sues Warner Bros...

The plaintiff is repped by teams from L.A.'s Johnson & Johnson, Kiesel & Larson, and Pearson Simon Warshaw & Penny

Director Hal Needham Sues Warner Bros. in Growing Home-Video Royalty Flap
posted on: Feb 13, 2013 | author: admin

Four Studios Targeted in Class-Action...

The four lawsuits, filed by teams from L.A.'s Johnson & Johnson, Kiesel & Larson, Pearson Simon Warshaw & Penny, allege causes of action for breach of contract

Four Studios Targeted in Class-Action Suit Over Home Video Royalties (Exclusive)
posted on: Jan 18, 2013 | author: admin

Actor Charles Bronson’s family ...

The four lawsuits - a class action - were also filed on behalf of others who might be added later, said Neville Johnson, an attorney representing the plaintiffs.

Actor Charles Bronson’s family sue four Hollywood studios for hundreds of millions of dollars in back royalties
posted on: Jan 18, 2013 | author: admin

The music banker’s big score

American soul veteran Bobby Womack suing for fraud is represented by James T. Ryan of Johnson & Johnson LLP in Beverly Hills

The music banker’s big score
posted on: Dec 8, 2012 | author: admin

Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City’s Ad...

Song theft lawsuits are on the rise, but this one, authored by THR power lawyer Neville Johnson, is filled with details about musicology and contains other idiosyncrasies.

Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City’s Adam Young Sued for Allegedly Stealing ‘Good Time’
posted on: Oct 31, 2012 | author: admin

Capitol Must Face Ricky Nelson Suit O...

The Rick Nelson Co. is represented by Neville L. Johnson, Douglas L. Johnson and John D. Fowler of Johnson & Johnson LLP.

Capitol Must Face Ricky Nelson Suit Over Digital Royalties
posted on: Oct 24, 2012 | author: admin

Music Publisher Hit With $500,000 Jur...

Hamilton and Plancich are represented by Neville Johnson, and John Fowler of Johnson & Johnson in Beverly Hills.

Music Publisher Hit With $500,000 Jury Verdict Over ’70s Hit ‘Fallin’ in Love’
posted on: Sep 25, 2012 | author: admin

TV Writer-Producer Sues Accountants

He is represented by Neville Johnson with Johnson & Johnson of Beverly Hills.

TV Writer-Producer Sues Accountants
posted on: Sep 16, 2012 | author: admin

‘Knight Rider’ Producer S...

Larson is represented by Neville Johnson, Douglas Johnson and James Ryan of Johnson and Johnson in Beverly Hills.

‘Knight Rider’ Producer Survives Round One in Universal Fraud Lawsuit
posted on: Jul 31, 2012 | author: admin

Drake Fires Back at “Marvins Ro...

Lee's attorney, Douglas Johnson, tells E! News that Drake's response is "total nonsense." "It's just not true and I am very surprised by his statements," he said, adding, "This will all be taken care of in court."

Drake Fires Back at “Marvins Room” Suit, Says He Owes Self-Proclaimed Cowriter Nothing
posted on: Mar 25, 2012 | author: admin

The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsui...

The group is represented by a whopping 13 attorneys at five law firms and might be the biggest legal action on this front yet

The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties
posted on: Mar 15, 2012 | author: admin

Sister Sledge Files Class Action Agai...

The suit was filed by four firms: Pearson Simon Warshaw & Penny in San Francisco, Hausfeld in Washington DC, and Kiesel Boucher Larson and Johnson & Johnson in Beverly Hills.

Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties
posted on: Feb 24, 2012 | author: admin

Leaked Audit in Eminem Royalty Suit H...

Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues from digital music.

Leaked Audit in Eminem Royalty Suit Highlights Huge Stakes for Record Industry
posted on: Feb 24, 2012 | author: admin

Sister Sledge Files Class Action v. W...

In so doing, WARNER has applied the incorrect formula for calculating royalties owed to Plaintiffs and Class members

Sister Sledge Files Class Action v. Warner Music: “We Are NOT Family”
posted on: Feb 8, 2012 | author: admin

Drake Sued Over ‘Marvin’s...

Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, who previously filed a lawsuit against Drake on behalf of Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on "Best I Ever Had."

Drake Sued Over ‘Marvin’s Room’ by Purported Ex-Girlfriend
posted on: Feb 7, 2012 | author: admin

SAG seeks seal on foreign levies info

Neville Johnson, attorney for Richert and Osmond, said Wednesday that the confidentiality issue remains unresolved.

SAG seeks seal on foreign levies info
posted on: Oct 31, 2011 | author: admin

Rick Nelson’s Estate Sues Capit...

Nelson's estate is represented by Neville Johnson and Douglas Johnson with Johnson & Johnson.

Rick Nelson’s Estate Sues Capitol Records
posted on: Oct 6, 2011 | author: admin

Three cases shift profit-dispute bala...

Douglas L. Johnson of Beverly Hills-based Johnson & Johnson LLP said his firm has for years brought profit participation cases on behalf of artists ...

Three cases shift profit-dispute balance
posted on: Sep 21, 2011 | author: admin

Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down Bri...

Her case “underscores the horrors of being a successful writer in Hollywood,” says her attorney, Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson.

Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down Bring It On: The Musical’
posted on: Aug 18, 2011 | author: admin

‘Bring It On’ Screenwriter Alleges Mu...

According to Ms. Bendinger’s lawyer, Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, Beacon ... and the guild will jointly choose an arbitrator.

‘Bring It On’ Screenwriter Alleges Musical Shenanigans
posted on: Aug 18, 2011 | author: admin

Battlestar Creator’s Lawsuit: U...

The suit, filed by Johnson & Johnson LLP, accuses Universal of fraud, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair business practices.

Battlestar Creator’s Lawsuit: Universal Frakked Me Over
posted on: Jul 14, 2011 | author: admin

JJLLPLAW Outside the Office

JJLLPLAW at September 2011 Las Vegas convention (Douglas L. Johnson in the blue polka dot tie!)

JJLLPLAW Outside the Office
posted on: Jul 13, 2011 | author: admin

Head of the Class Creators Sue CAA Ov...

Douglas Johnson, one of the attorneys who filed the suit on behalf of show creators Michael Elias and Richard Eustis, said CAA made deals with Warner Bros. Television that granted CAA better terms than their clients received and made the agency an extra $9 million.

Head of the Class Creators Sue CAA Over Profits
posted on: Jul 12, 2011 | author: admin

Knight Rider Producer Glen Larson Sue...

Larson, who presided over "Six Million Dollar Man," "Magnum P.I." and others, alleges a decades-long fraud: “It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper.”

Knight Rider Producer Glen Larson Sues Universal for Millions in Unpaid Profits
posted on: Jul 12, 2011 | author: admin

Lawsuit Claims CAA Cheated TV Creator...

The suit, filed by Neville Johnson, Douglas Johnson, James Ryan and Nausheen Kazalbasch of Johnson & Johnson, alleges causes of action for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, conversion, fraud, ...

Lawsuit Claims CAA Cheated TV Creators Out of Millions in Profits
posted on: Jul 11, 2011 | author: admin

Charles Bronson Estate Sues Warner Br...

The suit, filed by Nevile Johnson, Douglas Johnson and James Ryan of Beverly Hills’ Johnson & Johnson, alleges causes of action for breach of contract, declaratory relief, accounting,

Charles Bronson Estate Sues Warner Bros., MGM for Withheld Profits
posted on: May 26, 2011 | author: admin

‘Mannix’ Star Mike Connor...

The suit, filed by Neville Johnson, Douglas Johnson and James Ryan of Beverly Hills’ Johnson and Johnson firm, alleges causes of action for breach of contract, ...

‘Mannix’ Star Mike Connors Sues CBS, Paramount for Unpaid Profits
posted on: May 19, 2011 | author: admin

Kiss and Pay Up: Drake Settles with P...

Playboy Enterprises Inc. owns the rights to a 1975 song "Fallin' in Love" sampled by rapper Drake for "Best I Ever Had" that was recently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100

Kiss and Pay Up: Drake Settles with Playboy
posted on: May 16, 2011 | author: admin

Warner Bros And Laddie Finally Settli...

In 2007 Alan Ladd Jr. won a $3.2 million jury verdict against Warner Bros. for unpaid profits on movies he produced with Jay Kantor

Warner Bros And Laddie Finally Settling
posted on: Apr 20, 2011 | author: admin

$4M Verdict Against A&E Over ...

The South Carolina real estate broker who starred on the first season of A&E’s hit reality series was awarded $4 million based on an oral contract to share revenue.

$4M Verdict Against A&E Over ‘Flip This House’
posted on: Apr 13, 2011 | author: admin

What Happened to Unjust Enrichment In...

Douglas L. Johnson & Neville L. Johnson have a new published article in Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review Vol. 44:277

What Happened to Unjust Enrichment In California?
posted on: Mar 26, 2011 | author: admin

Sanctions Cut for Firm That Hired Pel...

The plaintiffs' lawyer, Neville L. Johnson of Johnson & Johnson LLP, said it is uncommon for respondents in anti-SLAPP motions to get sanctions.

Sanctions Cut for Firm That Hired Pellicano
posted on: Mar 18, 2011 | author: admin

C.A. Allows Suit Over Pellicano Wiret...

Pellicano is now serving his sentence at the federal prison in Safford, Ariz., and Bureau of Prisons records say he is currently scheduled for release in 2019.

C.A. Allows Suit Over Pellicano Wiretapping to Proceed
posted on: Mar 10, 2011 | author: admin

Bugging Scandal Reveals HollywoodR...

In December 2008, Pellicano was given a 15-year jail sentence for 76 counts of illegal wiretapping.

Bugging Scandal Reveals Hollywood’s Paranoia
posted on: Mar 9, 2011 | author: admin

Universal, Sony Hit With Accounting L...

The suit, filed by Neville Johnson of LA's Johnson & Johnson, alleges causes of action for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as declaratory relief, unjust enrichment and an accounting.

Universal, Sony Hit With Accounting Lawsuit Over ‘Smokey and the Bandit’
posted on: Mar 9, 2011 | author: admin

Film Profits the Target of a New Laws...

Neville Johnson files breach of contract against film producer Sony for Burt Reynolds caper "Smokey and the Bandit" , seeks an accounting of the film's profits

Film Profits the Target of a New Lawsuit
posted on: Mar 9, 2011 | author: admin

Singer Would Like to Be Paid for Havi...

Singer Would Like to Be Paid for Having Her Music Stolen in 'Catfish'

Singer Would Like to Be Paid for Having Her Music Stolen in ‘Catfish’
posted on: Mar 2, 2011 | author: admin

Steven Seagal, A&E Television Ne...

Steven Seagal, A&E Television Network Settle Stolen Cable Reality TV Show Idea Lawsuit

Steven Seagal, A&E Television Network Settle Lawsuit
posted on: Mar 2, 2011 | author: admin

Steven Seagal, A&E Cable Channel...

The Idea Factory claims in a lawsuit filed in August 2009 that its representatives met with Seagal in 2007 and presented their idea of a reality show.

Steven Seagal, A&E Cable Channel Idea Stolen?
posted on: Jan 10, 2011 | author: admin

A&E, Steven Seagal Lose Round In...

Beverly Hills attorney Neville Johnson represents Idea Factory and its related companies Genuine Entertainment and Rebel Entertainment Partners

A&E, Steven Seagal Lose Round In Lawsuit Claiming ‘Lawman’ Is Stolen
posted on: Dec 19, 2010 | author: admin

What Vogue Actually Pays Its Models

What Vogue Actually Pays Its Models It’s not much! Filings made in association with a $3.75 million lawsuit...

What Vogue Actually Pays Its Models
posted on: Dec 7, 2010 | author: admin

Truth Behind ‘Catfish’

"I don’t think it’s a legitimate documentary because they’re filming a movie about themselves and there was no public interest in this," explained Neville Johnson, one of Threshold's lawyers.

Truth Behind ‘Catfish’
posted on: Dec 6, 2010 | author: admin

Presidential Tryst Story Was Politica...

Vera Baker, represented by Neville Johnson of Beverly Hills, seeks punitive damages for a fabricated sex scandal by Obama's opponents.

Presidential Tryst Story Was Political Hit Job, Woman Says in Suing Tabloid for Defamation
posted on: Nov 24, 2010 | author: admin

Facebook Movie Skirts Legal Lines

The gray area between truth and fiction where filmmakers can expose themselves to legal liability, according to Neville Johnson, ...

Facebook Movie Skirts Legal Lines
posted on: Oct 1, 2010 | author: admin

‘Millionaire’ aftermath: Why do studi...

"Juries are highly skeptical and view studios in the same light as insurance companies," said Neville Johnson, a litigator ...

‘Millionaire’ aftermath: Why do studios keep losing lawsuits?
posted on: Jul 7, 2010 | author: admin

Drake Sued By Playboy Playboy Enterpr...

Playboy Enterprises alleges that Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' 'Fallin' in Love' is used in Drizzy's 'Best I Ever Had.'

Drake Sued By Playboy Playboy Enterprises
posted on: Jun 28, 2010 | author: admin

Judge rules A&E mishandled ‘Stev...

A NY has slapped A&E for filing in "bad faith" a lawsuit seeking to clarify who generated the idea behind "Steven Seagal: Lawman."

Judge rules A&E mishandled ‘Steven Seagal: Lawman’ claim
posted on: Jun 10, 2010 | author: admin

Intellectual Property

"Chick Magnet" and "Ladies Man" infant t-shirts and Nordstrom ...

Intellectual Property
posted on: Jan 25, 2010 | author: admin

Best of LA, KCAL9, Entertainment Law ...

Johnson & Johnson LLP was featured on Best of LA, KCAL9

Best of LA, KCAL9, Entertainment Law Attorney
posted on: Nov 22, 2009 | author: admin

Judge said Kerkorian probably knew of...

“Attorney-client conversations with his client were recorded, and we heard those tapes come out in the Pellicano trial,” Johnson said.

Judge said Kerkorian probably knew of wiretapping
posted on: Sep 24, 2009 | author: admin

Murder suspect raises reality TV ques...

Douglas Johnson, an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles who has represented reality TV production companies and contestants ...

Murder suspect raises reality TV questions
posted on: Aug 21, 2009 | author: admin

Monika Zsibrita: Model’s Story Agains...

"My side has never been out," she told reporters outside the courtroom yesterday, the Times reports. "This has basically ruined my life."

Monika Zsibrita: Model’s Story Against Chris Rock Unsealed
posted on: Feb 27, 2009 | author: admin

Model Monika Zsibrita Says Not a Gold...

Model Monika Zsibrita Says Not a Gold Digger, Gets Lawsuit Against Chris Rock Unsealed: Did Rock Open Up This Can of...

Model Monika Zsibrita Says Not a Gold Digger
posted on: Feb 27, 2009 | author: admin

Model’s lawsuit against Chris Rock is...

Monika Zsibrita filed the case and has involved a paternity suit, DNA tests, detective Anthony Pellicano and radio host Howard Stern.

Model’s lawsuit against Chris Rock is unsealed
posted on: Feb 27, 2009 | author: admin

A ’70s Girl Group Seeks Second Act – ...

Douglas Johnson said "They (Universal) play hard ball all the time. It's never 'Hey, let's sit down and talk.'"

A ’70s Girl Group Seeks Second Act – In Court
posted on: Feb 3, 2009 | author: admin

Lawyer accused of malpractice, breach...

Higgins trust sues Hirsch over ’9 to 5′ Lawyer accused of malpractice, breach of duty By...

Lawyer accused of malpractice, breach of duty
posted on: Jan 20, 2009 | author: admin

Ledger plays a role in lawsuit

“My client wishes to have privacy. This is not a good thing to have happen to you,” the lawyer, Neville Johnson, said.

Ledger plays a role in lawsuit
posted on: Jan 16, 2009 | author: admin

Kerkorian Ex-Wife’s Attorney Files Su...

Douglas Johnson, representing Sturman, said evidence from the recent criminal trials against Pellicano ...

Kerkorian Ex-Wife’s Attorney Files Suit
posted on: Jan 16, 2009 | author: admin

Caught in the Act

News gathering has placed the First Amendment rights of the media on a collision course with the privacy rights of individuals

Caught in the Act
posted on: Nov 30, 2008 | author: admin

International Privacy Report 2008

Beverly Hills attorney Neville L. Johnson comments on International Privacy in World Media Law Report

International Privacy Report 2008
posted on: Oct 4, 2008 | author: admin

Hidden Camera Deception

Lescht secretly videotaped these conversations with a "hat cam," i.e., a small camera hidden in her hat;

Hidden Camera Deception
posted on: Sep 4, 2008 | author: admin

2008 IP Lawyers Summary of Entertainm...

$626 billion annually — is from copyright businesses.

2008 IP Lawyers Summary of Entertainment Law
posted on: Sep 1, 2008 | author: admin

Special Dedication in Privacy Torts

Special Dedication in Privacy Torts to Neville L. Johnson in exposing some of the worst outrages of media newsgathering.

Special Dedication in Privacy Torts
posted on: Aug 13, 2008 | author: admin

Champions of Justice Radio Show

Champions of Justice Radio Show, KRLA 870 AM, August 2, 2008

Champions of Justice Radio Show
posted on: Aug 2, 2008 | author: admin

The 100 most influential attorneys in...

Neville L. Johnson took on SAG, WGA and DGA over the millions he alleges are owed to guild members from the collection of foreign levies.

The 100 most influential attorneys in entertainment
posted on: Jul 23, 2008 | author: admin

Jack Klugman Says “I want my money!”...

Jack Klugman, represented Neville L. Johnson, says “I don’t want their money. I want my money

Jack Klugman Says “I want my money!”
posted on: Apr 2, 2008 | author: admin

Jack Klugman Sues Over “Quincy, M.E.”...

Jack Klugman files complaint against NBC Universal to exercise his right to audit the popular TV series.

Jack Klugman Sues Over “Quincy, M.E.”
posted on: Mar 28, 2008 | author: admin

The Paradox of Neville Johnson

Suing the media, supporting the First Amendment: the paradox of Neville Johnson and the battle for...

The Paradox of Neville Johnson
posted on: Jun 22, 2004 | author: admin

Establishing Constitutional Malice Fo...

Establishing Constitutional Malice for Defamation and Privacy, Hidden Cameras and Deception

Establishing Constitutional Malice For Defamation and False Light Privacy Claims
posted on: Apr 15, 2002 | author: admin

The Right To Privacy, by Samuel Warre...

Harvard Law Review, Vol. IV, No. 5, December 15, 1890

The Right To Privacy, by Samuel Warren and Louis D. Brandeis, 1890
posted on: Dec 31, 1950 | author: admin