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Superior Court of the State of California
The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust v. NBC Universal, Inc.; General Electric Company; Vivendi Universal Entertainment, LLLP; Universal Pictures Company Inc.; Universal City Studios, LLP; Universal Studios, Inc. (formerly MCA, Inc.); Universal City Development Partners, Ltd.; Universal Studios International, B.V.; Universal Pictures International Germany, GmbH; Universal Pictures International Austria; Universal Pictures International Belgium, SNC; and Universal Pictures
On October 28, 2010, the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust filed suit against NBC Universal, Inc., Universal Studios, the Estate of Alfred Hitchcock, and related entities for breach of license agreements entered into in 1991 and 1992 pursuant to which Abend permitted the continued distribution of Hitchcock’s Rear Window film. The complaint contains five counts  Breach Of Contract;  Breach Of Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing;  Unfair Competition In Violation Of California Business And Professions Code §17200, et seq.;  Accounting; and  Inducement Of Breach Of Contract (Pled Alternatively)...Download the Complaint
The Rear Window Ruling
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust v. Steven Spielberg; DreamWorks, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Viacom, Inc.; Cold Springs Pictures, Montecito Picture Co.; and United International Pictures, B.V.
- Copyright infringement claims against Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, LLC and various other major motion picture entities filed on September 5, 2008.
- Client (The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust) alleged that Spielberg and the other named defendants’ production and exploitation of the motion picture released in 2007 entitled Disturbia violates the Trust’s copyright in the original short story by Cornell Woolrich entitled Rear Window (Rear Window story).
- Status: Settled. An amicable confidential settlement was reached with Mr. Spielberg and Paramount Pictures prior to the Southern District of New York’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The Trust voluntarily agreed to the dismissal of its claims.
Nancy Sher, et al. v. Raytheon Company and Craig Pethé
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida – Tampa Division
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management in South Florida show data of groundwater contamination in areas surrounding the Raytheon Plant in St. Petersburg, Fl. It's been reported that some of the groundwater may contain toxic substances like Trichloroethylene, Vinyl Chloride and 1,4-Dioxane. Clay is a member of the litigation team comprised of Mike Papantonio and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, P.A., as well as Keith Carter, Michael Goetz, and Armando Lauritano, of Morgan & Morgan, P.A., all of whom have extensive experience in environmental class action litigation in the state of Florida as well as nationwide. They, along with their team of lawyers and litigation support personnel, have been closely monitoring this situation and are prepared to protect the rights of those affected by Raytheon's alleged misconduct.
- The first class action lawsuit was filed Friday April 11, 2008 on behalf of property owners living in the vicinity of the Raytheon facility in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- The complaint alleges that for decades Raytheon and its predecessors have known their operations and waste management practices were environmentally unsound. It also alleges that Raytheon engaged in a concerted effort to misrepresent and withhold information from the public regarding the extent of the contamination.
- The complaint seeks damages on behalf of the class action for the loss of use and enjoyment of their property, the loss of use of the groundwater, diminished property values, restoration costs, consequential and incidental damages, disgorgement of profits and unjust enrichment.
- The class action was recently certified. Click here to view a copy of the Order granting the class certification.
American Rights Management Company, LLC v. Viacom 18 US, Inc., Viacom, Inc., Reliance Mediaworks USA, Inc. f/k/a Adlabs Films USA, Inc., Studio 18 USA., Inc., Saavn, LLC, Viva Entertainment, LLC, MTV India Development Company, Inc.
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
Clay represents American Rights Management Company, LLC (“ARM”) in a copyright infringement action against the producers and distributors of Singh Is Kinng, a high-grossing Bollywood film which uses elements from the iconic literary work owned by ARM, Damon Runyon’s Madame La Gimp, which was licensed for use in Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles, Lady For A Day and Jackie Chan’s Miracles. ARM is owned by renowned actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Click here to view a copy of the Complaint.
Backstreet Boys, Inc. v. Louis J. Pearlman, Trans Continental Records, Inc.
(1st Dept, New York County, New York)
- Indemnification, Contribution, Breach of Settlement Agreement
- Damages: $4.5 Million
- Clients: The Backstreet Boys
Aaron Carter v. Louis J. Pearlman; Trans Continental Records, Inc.; and Louis J. Pearlman Enterprises (9th Cir. Business Court)
- Client Aaron Carter is a multi platinum recording artist
- Declaratory Judgment (void minors entertainment agreement), Breach of Contract, Accounting
Epsilantis v. Trans Continental Company (E.I.S.A. Accounts)
- Multiple investor cases against various brokers and Trans Continental Airlines, Inc. and Louis J. Pearlman. A class action has been filed but not certified.
- Damages: $5-100 Million