James E. Curry is a partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office. Mr. Curry has represented companies in commercial trial litigation for 25 years, with an emphasis in the entertainment area. He has represented three of the four U.S. Broadcast television networks, and five of the seven major studios, in addition to a myriad of other entertainment companies.
In the television area, he has substantial experience in television distribution and accounting cases, as well as copyright, idea submission, libel and slander for television news and other cases. This month, he won a trial for CBS on Hawaii 5-0 on a multi-million dollar claim. Recently, he successfully defeated a $ 77 Million accounting claim in a television distribution case.
Mr. Curry also has substantial trial work in other industries, representing governmental entities and insurance coverage actions, among others. Mr. Curry has substantial trial experience from both the defense and plaintiff side; recently, Mr. Curry won $11 out of $12 Million sought representing a plaintiff.
- J.D., University of Chicago, 1984
- B.A., Stanford University, 1981
Admissions : California
- Won a summary judgment for a major motion picture and television studio against claims for syndication (off-network) profits from a prime time television series.
- Recently won a trial against a wrongful termination claim brought by the former top executive of a national radio network.
- In 2005, won a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a national TV network, in a breach of contract lawsuit against one of Hollywood’s most prolific distributors of TV properties, based on the distribution of a highly successful TV series.
- Won a summary judgment for 20th Century Fox, MTM Enterprises, Saban Entertainment and International Family Entertainment against claims for a share of the profits from the television series Evening Shade.
- In a trial regarding the Wilshire Boulevard subway construction project, won all contested claims, where the actual damages sought were $25 million in economic and business losses.
- Forced dismissal of an action brought against the City of Lynwood for damages arising out of billboard construction.
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