“Hot News” Misappropriation Cases

Eric Goldman

Last Updated 8/15/2004



Fred Wehrenberg Circuit of Theatres v. Moviefone, 73 F. Supp. 2d 1044 (E.D. Mo. Nov. 1, 1999) (finding no hot news violation in the case of movie times because the movie theaters will continue to produce movie schedules irrespective of third party publication).


Lowry’s Reports v. Legg Mason (D. Md. July 10, 2003).


Morris Communications Corp. v. PGA Tour (M.D. Fla. Oct. 23, 2000) (refusing to mandate access to the PGA’s system for gathering real time scores).  In a subsequent ruling from Dec. 13, 2002, the court said that golf scores are not yet “in the public domain” while they are still under the PGA’s embargo.  Affirmed on appeal, Morris Communications Corp. v. PGA Tour Inc. (11th Cir. March 31, 2004).


National Basketball Association v. Motorola, 105 F. 3d. 841 (2d Cir. 1997), http://www.tourolaw.edu/2ndcircuit/January97/96-7975.html.


Pollstar v. Gigmania (E.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2000) (hot news claim survived 12b6 motion).


Ticketmaster, Inc. v. Tickets.com (C.D. Cal. August 10, 2000) (ticket pricing/availability information may be hot news, but probably no misappropriation here because Ticketmaster still has monopoly on sale of the related tickets), http://pub.bna.com/ptcj/ticketmaster.htm.