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The latest on the maneuvering for the temporary restraining order from

--- Quote ---Court Rejects ABC Opposition To CBS ‘Glass House’ Restraining Order Request
By NELLIE ANDREEVA AND DOMINIC PATTEN | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 5:28pm PDT

Breaking … A federal judge today has denied ABC’s efforts to slow down CBS’ desire for a temporary restraining order to shut down alleged Big Brother rip-off Glass House. ABC now has until 5 PM Monday to file any opposition to the TRO request CBS filed late last night. Once ABC, who had asked for a more expedited schedule on any TRO, file their material, CBS lawyers will likely respond by the next day. All of which means a hearing on the TRO request to shut down production and the June 18 debut of Glass House will likely occur sometime next week. Judge Gary Feess made the ruling (Read it here) in chambers after a series of legal moves on both networks’ parts throughout the day. CBS sued ABC and several former Big Brother producers on May 10 claiming that ABC’s new reality show Glass House is a blatant copyright infringement of their series. ABC has rejected the claims and the two are now locked in a legal battle with the clock ticking.

CBS, in its initial suit, cited copyright infringement, trade-secret misappropriation, unfair competition, breach of contract and conspiracy among other claims. ABC countered by saying that there was “no merit” to CBS’ lawsuit. The two networks have been fighting over the discovery side of the case, going back and forth over who wil share what with who  — an approach CBS calls “ABC’s run-out-the-clock strategy.” Meanwhile, ABC has proceeded with announcing the cast for Glass House and running a promo campaign for the series. CBS proceeded with its legal action against Disney as well as the individual producers who once worked on Big Brother and are now on Glass House, which the network claims are in violation of their Big Brother NDAs. Former Big Brother producer Kenny Rosen gave a long deposition to CBS lawyers on June 3, revealing elements that CBS says proves their claims of breach of NDA, copyright infringement and trade-secret misappropriation, . CBS is represented by Scott Edelman, Michael Seitz, Theane Evangelis Kapur and Blaine Evanson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. ABC is represented by Glenn Pomerantz, Jonathan Altman and Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
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This is a mess. Whatever it is, it has already generated much hype. :crazy:

The Injunction Filed This Past Thursday By CBS:

ABC urges judge not to block reality show premiere

Associated Press – 35 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC is urging a judge to reject an attempt by rival network CBS to block next week's premiere of a new reality series called "The Glass House."

CBS claims the new show copies key elements of its popular series "Big Brother" and is relying on the experiences of dozens of its former staffers to create the new show.

ABC's filing Monday in a Los Angeles federal court says the network has spent $16 million promoting "Glass House" and delaying its June 18 premiere could cost nearly 150 people their jobs.

The network's attorneys also claim most of the things CBS argues are trade secrets are not unique concepts, but rather standard elements of reality television.

The filing states "Glass House" contestants rely on audience approval, unlike "Big Brother."

ABC Files Detailed Opposition to CBS Request for 'Glass House' Injunction

The move is the latest volley over the upcoming reality series, which CBS claims is too similar to "Big Brother."

6:20 PM PDT 6/11/2012 by Alex Ben Block

ABC has filed a lengthy opposition brief in response to CBS' effort to stop the upcoming reality series Glass House, which CBS argues is too similar to its long-running hit Big Brother.

The court filing, which was expected, comes as CBS is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order against the ABC series, which is set to premiere on June 18. CBS will file a reply brief in the next day or so, according to sources, and U.S. District Judge Gary Fees will rule on whether Glass House can air as planned.
This latest volley in the battle over the ABC reality series.
More to come.


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