DALLAS – Comedian Steve Harvey has beaten a $50 million
lawsuit filed against him by a videographer more than two years ago, per recent
Dallas federal court records.
A Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas jury
determined that Joseph Cooper failed to prove his breach of contract complaint
against Harvey. It also found that Cooper misappropriated Harvey’s name or
Cooper initiated legal action against Harvey on Nov. 21,
2014 on allegations the Family Feud and
Miss Universe host blocked the release of videos of his old stand-up comedy
Cooper asserted that Harvey entered into an agreement with
in March 1993. According to the plaintiff, the television star consented to
having his performances filmed in exchange for ownership rights and rights to
publish the footage.
Cooper’s complaint stated that Harvey violated the agreement
by speaking to Music Video Distributors and YouTube about the plaintiff’s use
of the subject footage.
Harvey, in turn, pushed back with a counterclaim that Cooper
executed extortion attempts against him. The namesake host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show said
contended that he did not enter into an agreement, written or oral.
ADR Provider joined Harvey as a co-respondent in the case,
but was released on Sept. 15, 2015.
Attorneys J. Michael Weston and Casey S. Erick of the law
firm Bennett Weston LaJone & Turner PC in Dallas represented Cooper while
Kenneth Jay Rubenstein, Wendle Van Smith, and Aubrey Nick Pittman of Burdin
Mediations served as Harvey’s legal counsel.
United States District Court Judge Jane J. Boyle presided
over the litigation.
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