Articles by Anthony McCartney

Writer Sues Disney in California over Animated Film ‘Zootopia’

A screenwriter and producer has sued Walt Disney Pictures on claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film “Zootopia.” Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “Big …

Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche for Negligence in Fatal California Crash

Paul Walker’s father has sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star. Walker’s father, who is the executor of his son’s estate, filed the lawsuit last week claiming that the …

Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Insurance Settled In California

A lawsuit over the payout of a $17.5 million policy related to Michael Jackson’s planned comeback concerts has been settled, attorneys told a judge on Wednesday. Lawyers for Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London and for Jackson’s estate announced the …

Ex-‘Price Is Right’ Model Gets $8.5M In Damages by California Court

The producers of “The Price is Right” owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a California jury determined last week. The judgment came one day after …

Judge Limits ‘Housewives’ TV Star’s Damages for Wrongful Firing

A judge urged attorneys to try to settle Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination lawsuit over her ouster from “Desperate Housewives” after limiting damages the actress may recoup if she wins at trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White ruled …

Judge May Allow Soldier’s Claim Against ‘Hurt Locker’ Movie to Go Forward

A federal judge in Los Angeles has indicated she is leaning toward dismissing most of an Iraq war veteran’s lawsuit against the makers of “The Hurt Locker” but may allow him to pursue his key claim that the Oscar-winning film …

Insurer Seeks to Void Policy for Jackson Shows

The insurer of Michael Jackson’s planned series of comeback concerts is asking a Los Angeles judge to nullify a non-appearance policy issued to concert promoters. Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London sued AEG Live and Jackson’s company, claiming the concert promoter …

$430k Love Settlement Shows Tweets Can Be Costly

Courtney Love’s settlement of a case sparked by online attacks on a fashion designer show that while Twitter posts may be short, they can also be costly. The singer has agreed to pay Austin, Texas-based Dawn Simorangkir $430,000, plus interest, …

Illinois Agent Admits Stalking ESPN’s Andrews

Walking into a courtroom Tuesday to face the man who posted naked videos of her online left Erin Andrews momentarily shaken, the ESPN sideline reporter admitted later. But by the time she started to tell a federal judge about the …

Expect Above Average Atlantic Hurricane Season, Say Forecasters

The nation’s annual forecast about how many hurricanes the Atlantic Ocean will churn up is now more like the daily weather report. Forecasters added probabilities to their 2008 report. It’s the same sort of caveat that television meteorologists use in …