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RIAG Files Defamation Suit Against Netflix Re The Queen’s Gambit

September 16th, 2021

Here is a link to the complaint we filed today, with our co-counsel Rodney Smolla, in federal court in Los Angeles against Netflix because of a false statement made against our client, Nona Gaprindashvili, in The Queen’s Gambit 1. Complaint

Nona is an extraordinary woman who was a real trailblazer for female chess players beginning in the 196o’s. She competed against and beat some of the top male players in the world and was the first woman to be recognized as a Grandmaster in the open category. She still plays aged 80 and is a wonderfully sharp and formidable lady who was outraged when Netflix referred to her by name in the final episode and falsely stated that she never played men. This was clearly done to heighten the dramatic impact of a scene in which the fictional heroine was playing a male Grandmaster, but it was a clear and deliberate lie as the source novel stated that Nona played men, and Garry Kasparov, who knows her well, was a consultant on the series.

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

RIAG Profile in the Los Angeles Daily Journal

August 10th, 2014

A Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP firm profile was recently featured in the Daily Journal.

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RIAG Files “Libel In Fiction” Lawsuit

April 21st, 2014

RIAG and our co-counsel, Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, and Prof. Rodney Smolla (author of the leading treatise, Law of Defamation), have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ronee Sue Blakley – singer, musician and Oscar-nominated actress (Nashville). Read more


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