Bennett A.
Bigman

Entertainment & Media Litigation



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Bennett A. Bigman

Entertainment & Media Litigation

Biography

Bennett A. Bigman is a Partner in Liner’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of the entertainment industry, representing clients in the film, television, and music industries in matters involving accounting and profit participation claims, copyright and trademark disputes, right of publicity, idea submissions, breach of contract, defamation, employment, and insurance. He is particularly skilled and experienced in intellectual property disputes involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and trade secret litigation, patent infringement, and domain name disputes.

Bennett represents actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, agents, managers, company executives, distributors, post-production companies, and video game companies. He also regularly counsels companies and individuals regarding the enforcement and licensing of their intellectual property assets.

Bennett has extensive experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in various arbitration tribunals. He also represents individuals and corporations in various business disputes and general corporate matters, as well as in employment, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes.

Education

University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D.)

University of California Los Angeles (B.A., summa cum laude)

Speaking Engagements & Publications
  • "One last swing at Google Books project," Los Angeles Daily Journal (January 12, 2016)
  • "Google Books decision is logical evolution of law," Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 2, 2015)
  • Lectures on various issues involving profit participation, copyright, and intellectual property matters.
  • Co-wrote the mock trial “screenplay” for the 2006 ABA Litigation Section meeting involving entertainment litigation.
  • Frequent commentator on copyright and intellectual property issues and quoted in publications such as VarietyThe Hollywood Reporter, and Law360
Recognition
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2006-2007; 2009-2017)
  • Super Lawyers – Business Edition (2014)
Community

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Representations
  • Stutz Motor Car v. Reebok International—Successfully defended Reebok International in a trade secret misappropriation case involving one of the client’s most important technologies.
  • Lin Pictures, et al. adv. Legendary Pictures—Representation of well-known producers in an action involving a major theatrical release, including a successful result on Legendary’s appeal of an order denying arbitration.
  • Represented numerous well-known Hollywood producers, writers, and actors in profit participation disputes.
  • Represented a leading post-production company in a copyright infringement action and other intellectual property and employment disputes.
  • Won a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a major advertising agency in a federal action involving the use of an image in an advertising campaign.
  • Represented a distributor of motion picture camera equipment in a dispute with a manufacturer.
  • Represented professional athletes in disputes with former agents.
  • Represented a successful producer in disputes concerning the format of a popular television show and other intellectual property rights.
  • Represented the heir of a Broadway composer in a case involving copyright termination issues.
  • Represented an independent film producer in a copyright infringement action involving a famous novel.
  • Represented a high-level entertainment executive in connection with a complex employment dispute.
  • Represented business owners in an arbitration involving commercial and real estate issues.
  • Represented high-profile individuals in obtaining retractions from on-line and print entertainment media.