Estate of Denial news clips (3/4/16)

Songwriter’s Heirs Advance ‘Jungle Book’ Case (CA)

Courthouse News Service

February 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Disney must face a royalties lawsuit filed by the heirs of the writer of “The Bare Necessities” song from the 1967 animated hit “The Jungle Book,” a California appeals court ruled.

Terry Gilkyson was a songwriter in the 1950s and 60s, as well as a member of the band The Easy Riders.

He wrote several songs from Disney’s 1967 animated adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” although only “The Bare Necessities” was used in the film. The song was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy award.


Probate Judge Rory Olsen Complains to State Bar About a Lawyer in His Court (TX)

Houston Press

March 2, 2016

On January 25, Houston attorney Denyse Ward received an alarming call from Tim Baldwin, an investigator with the Texas State Bar: Baldwin said his office had received a complaint about her from Harris County Probate Court Judge Rory Olsen, regarding her involvement in a case before him — an ugly battle among a fallen police officer’s heirs.

Baldwin told Ward, according to his testimony Tuesday in a hearing over Ward’s motion to recuse Olsen, that the judge’s two-page letter relayed a “general concern” about Ward’s “interaction with his staff” on December 7.


Battle Over Sumner Redstone’s Empire Heads to Trial (CA)

The Hollywood Reporter

March 2, 2016

With Los Angeles judge David Cowan setting a May 6 trial to determine the competency of ailing billionaire Sumner Redstone, the battle for the 92-year-old mogul’s media empire is moving closer to a denouement. It’s been years since Hollywood has witnessed a fight this epic over the fate of legacy properties — in this case, CBS and Viacom.

Cowan said in his Feb. 29 decision that he needs to hear from witnesses to determine whether Redstone’s former companion Manuela Herzer is right in arguing that the frail billionaire lacked the mental capacity to remove her as his health-care representative in October. Redstone’s attorneys say he was capable of replacing her with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.