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French Court Orders eBay to Pay $61 Million for Sale of Counterfeit Goods

June 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A French court today ordered auction giant eBay to pay 38.6 million euros (about $61 million dollars) in damages to the French luxury goods company LVMH, maker of Louis Vuitton bags and Dior perfumes.  This judgment was a huge setback for eBay in one of several legal battles over the sale of counterfeit goods through their auction service. Read more

“Star Trek: The Experience” to Close September 2008

June 30, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

As reported back in May (see “Star Trek: The Experience” May Close at End of 2008), the contract between CBS and Cedar Fair regarding the “Star Trek: The Experience” attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton ends December 31,2008.  At the time of the last report, there were “currently no plans to renew” it following a decline in attendance and interest in the attraction. Read more

Potential Actors’ Strike Looms: “Sequel” to Writers’ Strike?

June 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Only months after the 100-day writers’ strike was settled this past February (see Writers’ Strike Ends), a potential actors’ strike threatens to bring a halt to film and television production yet again.  The contract between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires June 30, following weeks of unproductive negotiations. This scenario includes additional real life drama in that many notable actors are choosing one of two trade unions and their respective platforms to ally with in resolving this matter. Read more

Julien’s “The Godfather” Movie Prop Clapperboard

June 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

As reported in past articles, Julien’s held their “Entertainment Sale Hollywood Memorabilia” auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 21 (LINK).  One of the items featured prominently in their marketing raised some questions on the Movie Prop Forum, with Rick Spector of Stairway to the Stars questioning the date on the clapboard (or clapperboard) attributed to use in The Godfather, as well as the “I” in the film title.  I’ve since picked up a copy of The Godfather Legacy by Harlan Lebo which seems to raise further questions about the markings on this piece that realized $4,500.00 at auction (plus 25%-27.5% Buyer’s Premium). Read more

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Second Amendment Rights

June 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As reported back in March (see U.S. Supreme Court Examines Constitution’s Second Amendment, Right to Bear Arms), there has been much anticipation since last year over the U.S. Supreme Court’s examination of the Second Amendment to the Constitution – the “right to bear arms”. The case stems from a challenge to the constitutionality of the handgun ban in Washington D.C. Read more

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