Remember the widely publicized lawsuit by the fellow (Martinez) who sued Disneyland after getting stuck on It’s a Small World at Disneyland? (I wrote a blog about Disney’s response to the lawsuit.) After almost four years of litigation, the federal court of appeals in San Francisco has finally sunk Martinez’s unhappy cruise. The district court’s [...]
Author Archive: Jack Burgin
Jack Burgin is an attorney in Tennessee who enjoys Disney Theme Parks, good music, photography, nature, wildlife and, primarily, experiencing all of the above with his family.
About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about a then-newly filed multi-plaintiff lawsuit alleging Walt Disney World discriminated against guests who have emotional or cognitive disabilities where parents of autistic children sued Disney under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because Disney changed from the “Guest Assistance Card” (“GAC”) to the “Disability Access System” [...]
In an unbelievable decision, one that completely fooled Disney’s lawyers, newly hired magistrate judge Fullstendig Lure (of Norwegian heritage) reversed the dismissal of the “Frozen is my life story” author’s lawsuit and, inconceivably, has recommended the court order Disney to cease all Frozen-related theme park construction and ban Anna, Elsa and Olaf from all Disney theme [...]
In a decision released February 19, 2015, a federal judge in New Jersey dismissed the lawsuit alleging that Disney’s Frozen violated the copyright in “Yearnings of the Heart,” a book the author, Amy Gonzalez (who wrote under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi), described as being her “life story.” As previously noted, Disney moved to dismiss the [...]
To no one’s surprise, Disney responded to the Frozen copyright lawsuit by asking it to be dismissed. To recap, in September, Amy Gonzalez, (who writes under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi, or TaniKumi, she isn’t consistent in the capitalization) filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s movie “Frozen” plagiarized her book which currently goes by the [...]
In planning our first trip to Disneyland, one of the things I looked forward to the most was seeing the Haunted Mansion decorated for Christmas. I should make two disclaimers. First, if you haven’t experienced Haunted Mansion Holiday and want to be surprised when you ride it for the first time, stop reading here because [...]
Cars Land at Christmas contains a wealth of incredibly clever decorations, all themed around car parts, of course. I visited Cars Land this year in the second week of November but it was a few days before November 13, 2014, the official date for Christmas at Disneyland Resort. If you are in the area, race [...]
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (the subsidiary that operates the Theme Parks) just filed its short (nine pages) brief opposing the DAS plaintiffs‘ attempt to add an additional 69 plaintiffs and expand the original complaint to one that, combined, exceeds 500 pages and 2,000 separate paragraphs. While we generally like to think of Disney as [...]
Disney’s response to the lawsuit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) discriminates against individuals who have some degree of cognitive impairments essentially asserts that the lawsuit has no merit and should be dismissed. But to be honest, the response is mostly boring, though that isn’t a bad thing, legally.
Yet another lawsuit involving Disney has made its way through the court system. Last week, a Southern California jury ruled that while Disneyland had been negligent in evacuating Splash Mountain after a ride vehicle became stuck, a guest’s back injuries had not been caused by this negligence.