Hollywood Docket: 9th Cir. vs. Pierce O'Donnell; musicians vs. 'Idol'; Miley Cyrus upskirt

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Hollywood Docket: 9th Cir. vs. Pierce O'Donnell; musicians vs. 'Idol'; Miley Cyrus upskirt

Tue Jun 15, 2010 @ 10:36AM PST

  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated federal election law criminal counts against L.A. entertainment litigator Pierce O'Donnell. The well known lawyer is accused of reimbursing employees of his firm for contributions to John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign. [AmLaw]   
  • The boxoffice futures market has passed regulatory muster, leading the way for traders to bet on a movie's opening weekend performance. [THR
  • The American Federation of Musicians is suing "American Idol" producers for not paying royalties to the show's house band for contributions made to downloads and ringtones. [NYP] 
  • The BBC has been sued again for age and sex discrimination by a woman staffer (on-air talent Miriam O'Reilly) who was fired after a programming shift led to the elimination of three over-50 female staffers. [THR 
  • Charges have been dropped against a Georgia man accused of threatening Elton John with a sign outside the singer's Atlanta property that read "Why Elton John Must Die." [THR] 
  • A certain celebrity blogger (cough...Perez Hilton...cough) is under fire for posting upskirt pictures of 17-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus. [CBS News] We wonder how many websites would be discussing the "legal implications" of this were it not for the potential to crunch so many search engine friendly phrases in the story. 

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