May 12, 2011 LOS ANGELES, CALIF.–MGA Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based toymaker best known for its Bratz product line, filed a lawsuit against several large European banks over their alleged concealment of accounting fraud at French toymaker Smoby prior to MGA’s purchase of the company. Because the banks manipulated Smoby’s internal finances, the lawsuit says MGA [...]
Delta Entertainment Corporation, an international independent music and video company, and licensing agent The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) reached a settlement in a two-year royalties payment dispute, says A. Barry Cappello, attorney for Delta.
Courtney Love and Universal Music Group (UMG) announced they have settled all of their legal disputes. UMG will waive any rights to future recordings from Ms. Love. As part of the settlement, Ms. Love and the other members of the Cobain estate have granted UMG permission to release new Nirvana packages, including a compilation album with a never-before-released track, a box set and rarities album. Separate permissions were obtained from the surviving members of Nirvana.
The corporate decor at Universal Music Group is high-tech modern, but here, in the Santa Barbara law offices of A. Barry Cappello, it’s the Wild West. To the left is a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike. To the right is a bronze statue of a bucking bronco. A muffled hysteria unspools as faxes, phones and modems transmit the breaking news about Cappello’s high-profile entertainment case against UMG. Overlooking all this is a striking William Koerner painting that depicts a stickup.
Convincing the jury that the lead defendant was a villain in Russomano v. Russo, LC031514 (Los Angeles Super. Ct., verdict July 20, 2000) was the least of Santa Barbara business litigator A. Barry Cappello’s trial challenges. After all, Gianni Russo had launched his acting career by portraying Talia Shire’s abusive husband, Carlo Rizzi, in the 1972 film classic “The Godfather.”