Entertainment Litigation

S&W's expertise in handling entertainment industry lawsuits is evidenced by its representation of motion picture and television studios, executives, producers, directors, writers, actors, musicians, authors, and personal and business managers involving, for example, claims for participant/accounting issues, breach of various oral and written contracts, right of publicity, invasion of privacy and defamation.

Sampling of Representative Matters:

  • Gerald Sauer and Gregory Barchie obtained a substantial settlement on behalf of a well-known film production company that was cut out of a prior settlement that arose from a failed video game project involving an iconic American singer-songwriter.
  • Robert Chapman obtained a $1.5 million judgment after a trial for actual and punitive damages in a defamation action for actor Rip Torn against Dennis Hopper arising out of statements made on The Tonight Show.
  • Amir Torkamani obtained favorable settlement in dispute involving percentage of ownership interests among co-owners of major comic book and gaming trade show organization.