Delhi High Court grants interim relief to Murthal eatery Mannat Dhaba in a trademark suit against four other dhabas

The Delhi High Court recently barred four dhabas (highway restaurants) from using the name and emblem of MANNAT, a prominent brand owned by Muthal eatery Mannat Dhaba. The interim ruling was issued after the Mannat Group of Hotels (which owns MANNAT Dhaba in Murthal) filed a trademark infringement complaint against people who were using its name incorrectly.

Legal Notice received by Nayanthara’s husband from LIC in relation to the title of the film LIC (Love Insurance Corporation)

Vignesh Shivan, Nayanthara’s husband, is set to helm the film “LIC (Love Insurance Corporation),” which stars Pradeep Ranganathan and Krithi Shetty in the key roles, with SJ Suryah playing an important role.

The film, which premiered in December, recently faced a setback when the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) issued a notice to the producers, including Vignesh Shivan and Seven Screen Studio, objecting to the usage of the title.

The warning provides a seven-day window for a title change and threatens legal action for copyright infringement if ignored. The directors have not yet commented or clarified.

This is the first time Vignesh, Pradeep, and Krithi have worked together. The film is produced by Seven Screen Studio and Rowdy Pictures, with music by Anirudh Ravichander, and stars Yogi Babu. The technical crew includes editor Pradeep Raghav and cinematographer Ravi Varman.

Mumbai police file an FIR against Nayanthara’s 75th movie “Annapoorani” for promotion of “Love Jihad”

Nayanthara’s 75th film, ‘Annapoorani’, has aroused debate. A complaint submitted at LT Marg Police Station in Mumbai claims the movie encourages Love Jihad. The case alleges that actor Jai’s portrayal of Lord Ram as a meat eater violates religious beliefs. After its digital release on Netflix, the film named ‘Annapoorani: The Goddess of Food’ drew controversy. The Hindu IT Cell filed a complaint with Mumbai police, alleging that the film misrepresents Valmiki’s Ramayana and attacks Lord Ram.

ByteDance’s Resso to shut in India on 31st January

Resso, ByteDance’s music streaming app, will discontinue service in India on January 31, after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology requested information on the handling of Indian data. “The app had not provided any response to the queries in the notices that were sent to them and has instead chosen to exit the market,” said an official from the ministry.

Mumbai court rejects anticipatory bail plea by Rakhi Sawant

An anticipatory bail motion filed by actress and model Rakhi Sawant in a case filed by her former husband, Adil Durrani, who claimed Sawant of disseminating his private, sexually explicit recordings on social outlets, was recently denied by a Mumbai Court. The court determined that the claims and material allegedly communicated by Sawant were not only obscene but also sexually explicit, and that Sawant had criminal antecedents because she had previously been accused of a similar offense.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to Bombay High Court:  Will initiate legal and criminal proceedings against FB, Meta over nylon manja ads

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) told the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court that it will launch legal and criminal actions against Facebook and its owner Meta if it did not remove adverts for the sale of nylon manja from its page ‘Marketplace’.

MPCB’s oral submission came after counsel for Facebook and Meta failed to respond to questions about efforts taken to prevent the sale of the lethal thread, which has claimed many lives.

Madras HC asks YouTuber to pay Rs. 50 lakh compensation to transgender-celebrity Apsara Reddy for ridiculing transgender people

The Madras High Court has issued a warning to YouTubers and social media writers who target and ridicule transgender people. The court has ordered YouTuber Joe Micheal Praveen to pay Rs 50 lakh in compensation to transgender-celebrity Apsara Reddy, the AIADMK’s spokesman in Tamil Nadu.

Apsara Reddy has filed a lawsuit against Joe Micheal Praveen, claiming Rs 1.25 crore in damages for releasing at least ten defamatory YouTube videos that harmed her reputation. She stated that the defamatory and slanderous recordings had caused her a great deal of pain and suffering. Apsara Reddy also asked the court to order Google to take down the ten videos posted by Joe Micheal Praveen.

HanuMan producer and distributor, Mythri movies file complaint against Nizam theatre owners for not screening the film

Mythri Movies, the distributor and producer of the newly released Telugu film ‘HanuMan,’ has filed a case against some of the theatre owners for unfair theater practices. Niranjan Reddy, a distributor and producer, filed a complaint with the Telugu Film Producers Council (TFPC). The filmmaker claims that several cinema owners, including Nizam theatre owners, did not honor the agreement and did not screen HanuMan in their theaters.

According to a press release issued by the TFPC, Mythri Movies Distributors LLP (the distributor) has struck an arrangement with several Telangana theaters to screen HanuMan beginning January 12. However, other theaters did not honor their contracts and did not screen the picture in Nizam area theaters.

Marathi news channel ‘Lokshahi Marathi’ move Delhi HC against one month suspension order

The proprietors of Marathi news channel ‘Lokshahi Marathi’ have moved the Delhi High Court against its one month suspension by the Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry. The petitioners — Zora Traders Ltd, Swaraj Marathi Broadcasting LLP and Bahubali Shantilal Shah — have challenged the January 9 order of the I&B Ministry whereby “up-linking and down-linking permission” for the channel has been suspended for a period of 30 days (with effect from 6 pm on January 9). Seeking quashing of the order, the plea claimed due to this order the channel was prohibited to be distributed on all platforms throughout India for a period of 30 days. The matter is now listed on January 19.