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That Patent-Infringing Fergie!
Highest Court E.D. California
Year Ended 2011
Plaintiffs Individual(s)
Defendants Fergie
Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description One of only two patent infringement cases in The Discography, this case is, among other reasons, quite an oddball. The court struggled through Plaintiff's complaint to find the basis for his action, and, after uncovering Plaintiff's theories, dismissed the action entirely. It appears Plaintiff invented a work-out device and consulted with an outside company that assesses the feasibility of inventions regarding his creation. Sometime thereafter, Plaintiff watched the music video for Fergie's "Fergilicious," and saw the Black Eyed Peas star using a device somewhat similar to Plaintiff's. Plaintiff sued Fergie and her record label, replete with spelling errors, alleging they'd violated some exclusive rights Plaintiff held to showcase the invention. The court held Plaintiff had not articulated any actionable legal theories: Plaintiff had no patent, so he could not sue for patent infringement; there was no contract, so Defendants didn't breach any agreement; and none of the elements for negligence were present. Defendants' motion to dismiss granted in its entirety. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Patents Infringement Unauthorized Use
Torts Negligence Property/Monetary Injury


Opinions Simpson v. Interscope Giffen A & M Records
2011 WL 2112496
E.D. California , May 26, 2011 ( No. CV 09_1931 AWI DLB )


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Related Searches Parties
Fergie ( Defendant )
Individual(s) ( Plaintiff )
Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Patents / Infringement / Unauthorized Use
Torts / Negligence / Property/Monetary Injury

Courts
E.D. California (highest court)


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