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Edward E. Weiman

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Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 712-6177
Fax: (310) 712-6199

Edward Weiman is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office.  Mr. Weiman represents film and television companies and non-entertainment clients nationwide in entertainment, intellectual property, and general business litigation.  Mr. Weiman specializes in disputes arising out of copyright and trademark infringement; television, film, and theater idea submission; talent, production and distribution agreements; entertainment and character property licensing; domain name protection; First Amendment; media liability and other insurance; and partnership and joint venture agreements.

Mr. Weiman has provided numerous in-house lectures to entertainment clients over the years on the subjects of copyright and trademark law, idea submission claims and legal ethics, and is a contributing author to two different treatises on media liability insurance, as well as a casebook study guide on contract law.

Representative Experience

Appeals

Portman v. New Line Cinema Corporation, Docket No. B233669 (Cal. App. 2011).  Representing New Line, secured the dismissal on demurrer of an idea submission action concerning the motion picture "Wedding Crashers."  Affirmed.

Rex Reginald v. New Line Cinema Corporation, United Talent Agency, Inc., and Robert Shaye, Docket No. B190025 (Cal. App. 2008).  Representing New Line and Robert Shaye, secured the dismissal on summary judgment of an idea submission action concerning the motion picture "Wedding Crashers."  Affirmed.

Maureen Marder v. Jennifer Lopez, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation, 450 F.3d 445 (9th Cir. 2006).  Representing Paramount Pictures Corporation, successfully moved to dismiss a copyright infringement and copyright co-ownership action concerning the motion picture "Flashdance."  Affirmed.

David H. Verdiner v. Scottrade, Inc., Docket No. 06-56655 (9th Cir. 2006).  Representing Scottrade, successfully moved to dismiss this securities class action alleging false advertising and unfair business practices regarding the assessment of online broker fees.  Affirmed.

Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. v. Continental Casualty Company, 72 Fed. Appx. 586 (9th Cir. 2003).  Representing TWEC, successfully moved for summary judgment in an insurance bad faith action, resulting in $2.7 million judgment against Continental Casualty for breach of duty to defend Time Warner in litigation brought by Francis Ford Coppola.  Affirmed.

Other Representative Cases

Regina Kimbell v. Home Box Office, Inc., Chris Rock, et al., United States District Court.  Represented HBO and Chris Rock in copyright infringement action concerning the documentary "Good Hair," successfully defending against application for temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injunction, resulting in a voluntary dismissal of the action.

Troll Company A/S v. DIC Entertainment Corporation, American Arbitration Association and United States District Court.  Represented DIC in four-month arbitration and concurrent federal litigation, successfully defending against claims for breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, arising out of character license agreements for the Good Luck Troll property.

Carlo Carlei v. Gianni Nunnari, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court.  Represented Gianni Nunnari, the President of Hollywood Gang Productions, in an idea submission action concerning the motion picture "300," securing the dismissal of numerous claims on summary judgment, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.

Intertainer Inc. v. Time Warner Inc., et al., United States District Court, Central District of California.  Represented Time Warner, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Home Video, and New Line Television in this antitrust and misappropriation action alleging a conspiracy and combination to restrain competition in the Internet video-on-demand market, and an agreement to fix prices for the licensing of studio product.

In Plain Sight Media, Inc., et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., United States District Court, Central District of California.  Represented IPSM in First Amendment challenge to an ordinance restricting the placement of supergraphic signs on the exterior of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, securing a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the ordinance at issue, which led to its repeal.

Marty Stouffer Productions, LTD v. King World Direct, Inc., United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Represented King World in a copyright infringement action arising out of the alleged breach of a licensing agreement for the distribution of the "Wild America" home video series.

Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. v. Continental Casualty Company, United States District Court, Central District of California.  Represented TWEC in this insurance action, securing summary judgment on a multi-million dollar claim for breach of duty to defend TWEC in an action for copyright infringement brought against Warner Bros. regarding the motion picture "Contact."

Memberships & Associations

American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law and Intellectual Property Law Section

Los Angeles Copyright Society

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section

Professional Activities

Entertainment Law & Finance, Editorial Board Member

Honors & Awards

Named as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" by Los Angeles Magazine, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014.

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June 2014

Transforming Use

Los Angeles Lawyer