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Date: 12-08-2016

Case Style:

Donna Corbell v. Thomas Gaetano DeVito, et al.

Case Number: 2:08-cv-00867-RCJ-PAL

Judge: Robert C. Jones

Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Clark County)

Plaintiff's Attorney:




Gregory Guillot

Todd Erb

Chris Jorgensen






Lawrence Kasten

John Krieger

Robert McKirgan





Randy Papetti

George Paul

Defendant's Attorney:




Maximiliano D. Couvillier, III

Abigail Jones,

Todd Kennedy







David Korzenik

Samuel Lionel

Daniel Mayeda


Bradley Hancock

for DSHT, Inc., Dodger Theatricals, Ltd., Des McAnuff, Eric S. Elice, Frankie Valli, Marshall Brickman, Robert J. Gaudio, JB Viva Vega, LP, Getting Home, Inc., Jersey Boys Broadway Limited Partnership, Jersey Boys Records Limited Partnership, Skunk, Inc., Michael S. David

Booker Evans, Bradley Hancock, Chris Johnsen and Mark Ferrario for Thomas Gaetano DeVito

Description: Donna Corbell sued Thomas Gaetano DeVito, DSHT, Inc., Dodger Theatricals, Ltd., Des McAnuff, Eric S. Elice, Frankie Valli, Marshall Brickman, Robert J. Gaudio, JB Viva Vega, LP, Getting Home, Inc., Jersey Boys Broadway Limited Partnership, Jersey Boys Records Limited Partnership, Skunk, Inc., Michael S. David on copyright violation theories claim that they used without permission Tommy DeVito - Then and Now to produce Jersey Boys: The Story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, a Broadway musical that won a Tony Award in 2006.

Tommy DeVito - Then and now was witten by DeVito and Rex Woodard, a Texas lawyer and rockn' roll fan in 1998. The book was never published but it was copyrighted by DeVito. Woodard died of lung cancer shortly after finishing the work in 1991. DeVito registered the work in January 1991 as his own work without giving Woodard any credit for his contribution.

Corbell, Woodard's widow, successfully argued that she owned an interest in the work and in the Jersey Boys Broadway production which was created by DeVito, Vallie and Bob Gaudio.

Jersey Boys: The Story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons was successfully staged and produced.


Cobell claimed that they defendants infringed her copyright and claimed damages as a result.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict with a finding that her copyright had been infringed.

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