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Gaprindashvili v Netflix – Netflix’s anti-SLAPP Is Denied

January 27th, 2022

On December 3, 2021, we filed Nona Gaprindashvili’s opposition to Netflix’s anti-SLAPP motion. Here it is, along with the declarations and exhibits 1-3:

28. Opposition to anti-SLAPP

28.1 Nona Decl

28.2 Carlin Decl

28.6 ARI Decl

28.3 Exh 1 – Google

28.4 Exh 2 – Wikipedia

28.5 Exh 3 – chessgames

On January 27, 2022, the court issued its ruling denying the motion without oral argument.

.37. Order Denying SLAPP and 12b6 motions


December 6th, 2021

Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham LLP is delighted to announce that Jason Zelin has accepted an invitation to become Of Counsel to the firm. Jason has extensive experience in many facets of the entertainment industry, from both legal and business perspectives. In addition to working at private law firms, he has worked inhouse for Warner Bros. Television, Lorimar Entertainment, The Completion Bond Company, Village Roadshow Pictures, Miramax Films and others.

Jason has negotiated talent deals, network licensing agreements, literary acquisitions as well as scripted and unscripted television development and production. Working outside film studios, he bonded more than $100 million in budgeted new films, and served as a primary liaison with studios. When working as part of film studios, Jason also gained experience supervising all legal and business aspects of multi-national productions, and as COO of a production company he developed film projects at Paramount and Dreamworks with such notables as Ridley and Tony Scott, Will Smith, and Janet Yang.

RIAG managing partner Alexander Rufus-Isaacs says, “Jason and I have worked together in the past and become good friends. He is a superb lawyer whom I admire and like very much. I could not be happier that he has joined us, and he will be a great asset.”

For more information about Jason, see

Defamation Suit Against Netflix Re The Queen’s Gambit – Court Denies Netflix’s Anti-SLAPP motion

September 16th, 2021

On September 17, 2021, we filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Netfix for defaming our client, Nona Gaprindashvili, in the TV series, The Queen’s Gambit.

Netflix filed a Motion to Strike under the California anti-SLAPP statute and to Dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(6), which we opposed. On January 27, 2022, the Court denied Netflix’s motion. Here is the Order: 37. Order Denying SLAPP and 12b6 motions

A Remote Perspective On The Depp Trial

August 4th, 2020

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RIAG Receives Media Litigation Awards

June 7th, 2018

RIAG is pleased and proud to have received several awards this year for its media litigation practice.

CorporateINTL’s Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year in California, US

AI’s Best Entertainment & Media Law Firm 2018 – California

International Advisory Experts’ Media Litigation award winner within California

Corporate LiveWire’s Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year – California

RIAG Files Lawsuit against BBC and Sugar Films For Infringing Copyrights In The Cosby Show

November 6th, 2017

On Friday November 2, we filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against BBC and Sugar Films for using copyrighted video clips and music cues from The Cosby Show in a program entitled Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon, which was produced by Sugar Films and broadcast by the BBC in June-July 2017.


RIAG Files Defamation Lawsuit Against The Hollywood Reporter

November 18th, 2015

Together with co-counsel Ian Brenson and Rodney Smolla (, we filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court in Chicago against The Hollywood Reporter arising out of an article about the Sony cyberattack last December. See complaint:  Our client, Nicole Basile, is a freelance payroll administrator who has been working on major film productions for the last several years. The Hollywood Reporter article singled out Nicole and falsely communicated, explicitly and by undisguised implication, that she was one of the hackers responsible for the cyberattack. Since the article came out, she has not been offered a single job commensurate with her experience. It has, in short, destroyed her career.


Trademarks 101 at the Beverly Hills Bar Association with Speaker Paul D. Supnik

July 22nd, 2015

Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP’s Paul D. Supnik will be the speaker at the August 6, 2015 Beverly Hills Bar Association luncheon program “Trademarks 101 – Selection and Protection Basics for the Business Attorney.” See the attached flyer for details.

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Gordon Judge Solicitors & Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP Announce Collaboration

July 16th, 2015

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From ‘The Blob’ Remake

March 20th, 2015

RIAG partner Bill Grantham’s client Richard Saperstein is producing the remake of ‘The Blob’ with Brian Witten. See report at


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