Estate of Denial news clips (10/17/16)

Redstone Ends Trust Battle After Meeting With Granddaughter


October 7, 2016

Media mogul Sumner Redstone resolved his court fight with granddaughter Keryn after a “difficult and emotional” meeting between the two, his lawyer told a Massachusetts judge on Friday.

The resolution ends all outstanding disputes over Redstone’s trust in state probate court in Canton. In August, Keryn Redstone, the daughter of Sumner’s son Brent, agreed not to oppose the decision of the 93-year-old man she calls “Grumpy” to resolve related lawsuits over the removal of Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman.


Chocolate heirs fight over family fortune (AU)

The Daily Telegraph

October 8, 2016

IT’S been a rocky road for the heirs to the multimillion-dollar Darrell Lea chocolate fortune who have been locked in a bitter court battle over trust fund cash and claims of cocaine ­addiction.

Carissa Lea, a Sydney socialite, has been at war with her brother Nathan Lea, a businessman who once pleaded guilty to buying cocaine from Richard ­Buttrose, the nephew of publishing doyenne Ita Buttrose.


Abbott and Costello Heirs Lose Appeal Over Broadway Play’s Use of “Who’s on First” Routine

The Hollywood Reporter

October 11, 2016

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a copyright lawsuit brought by the heirs of William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello against producers of the Tony Award-nominated play Hand to God. However, the appeals court didn’t accept dismissal for the same reason the lawsuit was initially thrown out. And in coming to its decision, the 2nd Circuit raises the possibility that the world- famous comedy routine “Who’s on First?” is no longer under copyright.

The lawsuit came in June 2015 while Hand to God, about a demonic hand puppet belonging to an introverted student in a religious small town, was enjoying a very successful run on Broadway. At issue was a scene where the the main character performs more than a minute of the “Who’s on First?” sketch to impress a girl before later admitting that it is a “famous routine from the fifties.”