Elisabeth Moriarty

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Entertainment Experience

  • Represented Marvel, owner of the copyrights in Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous other iconic characters in various matters involving intellectual property disputes, profit participation rights and general litigation

  • Represented the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien in a landmark profit participation case against New Line Cinema for the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy
  • Currently represents the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and Harper Collins in connection with various rights issues and other intellectual property matters
  • Represents best-selling author Clive Cussler in his dispute regarding the motion picture version of the novel, “Sahara”
  • Represented a Grammy-award winning musician and artist in a copyright infringement dispute involving a graphic novel
  • Represents a motion picture producer in a contractual dispute over the foreign distribution of its film
  • Represented Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer in a multi-faceted dispute with his long-time business partner
  • Represented the owners of merchandising and other rights in the Winnie the Pooh characters, in their breach of contract and fraud dispute against a major entertainment company for failure to pay royalties
  • Member of the team that successfully represented Jeffrey Katzenberg in his suit to obtain profit participation against The Walt Disney Company
  • Represented an international film and television producer and distributor in a dispute involving a purported finders’ fee to be paid in connection with a well-known television miniseries; a very favorable arbitration award was achieved for the Firm’s client in an arbitration before the United States District Court
  • Represented an international superstar recording artist and his various entities in claims and counterclaims concerning endorsement contracts and the use of his name, likeness and identity
  • Represented a leading video post production house in a matter involving the use of our client’s post production equipment and services
  • Represented a well-known Broadway composer in litigation concerning rights and royalties to songs composed for Broadway production
  • Represented Roland Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and accessories, in various litigation to protect its copyright, trademark and trade dress rights in various products, and in a case of first impression involving copyright and trademark infringement; the case established the validity of the manufacturer’s copyrights in sound recordings contained in various Roland musical instruments