Hollywood Docket: Warners blamed for Murphy death; more Gawker nude photos; Nancy Grace is shy

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Hollywood Docket: Warners blamed for Murphy death; more Gawker nude photos; Nancy Grace is shy

Thu Jan 28, 2010 @ 10:23AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack says he will be filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Bros. based on the theory that the 32-year-old actress died of a heart attack from the stress caused by Warners' canceling of her contract to perform voiceovers for a sequel to the animated hit "Happy Feet." [The Daily Beast]
  • Record labels offered to settle for $25,000 the case against file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rassett, but the offer has been rejected. Recently, a judge reduced a jury's award from $1.92 million to $54,000. A new trial focused on damages is likely soon. [Wired]
  • China's State Council has reiterated a 2002 rule that limits foreign films to one-third of total cinema screen time in an attempt to bolster Chinese films. [THR]
  • Actor Harvey Keitel is being sued by an architect who claims he was not paid almost $44,000 for architecture and design services performed. [CNS] 
  • Gawker Media is once again dealing with lawyers over naked photos. A lawyer for hobbled NBA superstar Greg Oden demanded that Deadspin remove a picture that showed his private parts. Gawker Media responded by saying it was newsworthy and, as usual, quoting Marty Singer. [Deadspin]
  • Nancy Grace, the TV personality whose show depends in part on camera footage from courtrooms, wants to keep TV cameras away from her own testimony in a wrongful death case filed by the estate of a woman who committed suicide after talking to Grace. [NYP]  

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