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California Court Tosses Idea Theft Suit Over LOST Television Show Out to Sea

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

By Michael Baniak and Puya Partow-Navid

Arthur Quiller-Couch formulated seven basic plots for a conflict.  Following his formula, every movie and television show can be narrowed down to one of seven basic plots.  Although the number of plots may be limited, there are inifinite ways to tell a story.  In a town like Hollywood, where everyone seems to have a …

Trade Secret Lawsuit Filed Against Heavy Metal Band Regarding “Drum Set Loop Coaster”

Posted in Trade Secrets

On September 20, 2012, a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit was filed against rock star drummer Tommy Lee and his band Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Plaintiff Howard Scott King alleges in his complaint that in 1991 he developed an idea and concept for a “Tommy Lee Loop Coaster.” The concept consists of a platform on wheels that follows …