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It would be nice to think with all the work The Walt Disney Company and its cast members put into perfecting the magic for guests that nothing ever goes wrong. Unfortunately, that's not the case and it's important as an investor to take notice when Disney drops the ball and to watch what it does to prevent it from happening again.

As is often the case, when things do go wrong, the lawyers get involved, so most of these stories are related to legal issues. Now, companies get sued all the time. Sometimes they are legitimate causes, and sometimes they are only looking for a quick and financial settlement. But with a company like Disney, they almost always get the media's attention and for the purpose of managing our brand alone, the company, and its investors, need to pay attention.

Who thinks the case of the man stranded for 30 minutes on It's A Small World at Disnelyand certainly attracted unwarranted attention, apparently missing the message by the judge of awarding a paltry petty cash payout of $8000...

Former Disney Archivist Sues Over Sexual Harassment Firing
The Walt Disney Company is being sued by a man who has written books about the company and now says he was fired from his position in the archives division after reporting a female colleague who sent lewd text messages to a male colleague.

According to the complaint, "This is a case about Walt Disney Company's attempt to cover up sexual harassment at the company by willfully retaliating against and firing the very person who reported the harassment in the first place, a person of impeccable credentials and former archivist for Disney who appeared on television for the company several times and wrote multiple books about Disney's history."

Man wins $8K after Disney 'Small World' breakdown
An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously.

Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez didn't medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.

Lodsys Targets Disney
After several months without any news from Lodsys, the patent holding company is back with a fresh round of lawsuits targeting the likes of The Walt Disney Company, and PCalc maker TLA Systems. Lodsys gained notoriety for its legal threats and lawsuits targeting small iOS and Android OS developers demanding licensing fees for using in-app purchase mechanisms.

Lodsys began threatening legal action against iOS and Android app developers in 2011 over claims that they needed to pay licensing fees if they wanted to offer in-app purchases. Apple's legal team stepped in and sent a letter to Lodsys stating that since it had already paid licensing fees to use the company's in-app purchase patent, and since it was providing the mechanism to make the feature available, that developers didn't need to pay additional licensing fees.

Lodsys disagreed and kept pushing for developers to pay their own licensing fees on top of the money Apple had already paid to the company. Apple later convinced the court to allow its legal team to intervene on behalf of developers.

Online TV service Aereo wins another court battle
A U.S. appeals court on Monday declined to temporarily shut down Aereo Inc., an online television venture backed by billionaire Barry Diller that broadcasters say is infringing their copyrights.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, that Aereo should discontinue its service until litigation between the companies is resolved.

The Other Side Of Layoffs
The bar’s name says it all: The Final Final.

That’s where LucasArts employees gathered Friday night to hold a wake, following the death of their game studio earlier in the week. At Final Final in San Francisco, a large gathering of LucasArts employees and former LucasArts workers shared drinks and tears, from recalling memories of creating such notable cult games like Monkey Island to mourning the loss of games whose lives were cut short, like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.

Disney Not Buddha's Buddy
A Buddhist group says it successfully convinced a French factory to stop printing Buddha's face on toilets, but failed in a lengthy campaign to censor a Walt Disney movie series featuring a dog named Buddha.

The Bangkok-based group, Knowing Buddha, also targets the "disrespectful" use of Buddha's face or iconic appearance on dildos and other sex toys, clothing, tattoos, furniture, statues and souvenirs.

"No progress on Disney, they have not responded at all," said Acharavadee Wongsakon, the Thai founder of Knowing Buddha, referring to the "Buddies" movies.

"Also, the U.S. Embassy has not been helpful," she said in an interview.

Facebook’s Sandberg Questioned in No-Recruiting Suit
Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is scheduled to be questioned in a lawsuit alleging that seven technology companies broke antitrust laws by agreeing not to recruit from one another.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, yesterday allowed lawyers for employees suing the companies to conduct the deposition around April 23. Google Inc. and Apple Inc. are defendants in the case, along with Intuit Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar animation unit and Lucasfilm Ltd. Neither Facebook nor Sandberg, who was formerly an executive at Google, is a defendant.

Disneyland Closes Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin’ Over California
It wasn’t a magical visit for Disneyland guests this weekend who were greeted with a “closed” sign at two of the Anaheim, Calif., attraction's most popular rides: Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin’ Over California. The rides were shut down Friday over safety concerns, receiving a total of six citations and a notification of penalty from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in Santa Ana, Calif., totaling more than $234,000 in fines.

The Walt Disney Company was fined for hazardous window cleaning operations that resulted in a November 2012 accident. According to the citation, an employee suffered serious injuries when an unapproved anchorage point failed, causing him to fall down the exterior of indoor roller coaster Space Mountain. Other citations included failure to locate fire extinguishers, floor and roof openings, lack of guardrails and protection platforms for workers, unsafe ladderways and heating and air conditioning ventilation issues.
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