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With Probable Cause and Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Supreme Court Would Rather Keep Things Fluid
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Newsbreak: Your Rights
Newsbreak: Sexual Predators on Facebook and More
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Former Solicitor General Ted Olson Discusses 2013's Biggest Supreme Court Case—His.
In a recent 62-page decision by the Third Circuit, obviously intended to give guidance in an unclear area of the law, the rights of publicity of a college athlete in a video game trumped the First Amendment arguments of the...more
Here at Law Law Land, there are a few pearls of wisdom we like to repeat — perhaps to a fault — just because they are so helpful and right. Copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, only the expressions of ideas. Being legally...more
The legal controversies over athletes' rights-of-publicity rage on. Two pending appellate decisions offer some hope that a rational conclusion might be in sight. The head of Manatt's Sports Law Practice Group, Ron Katz, had...more
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..Washington v. Take-two Interactive Software, Inc., et al.
California appellate court affirms anti-SLAPP dismissal of misappropriation claim brought against Grand Theft Auto developers....more
Recent disputes involving Electronic Arts (EA) have divided district courts in the Third and Ninth Circuits over whether the First Amendment insulates designers of video games from lawsuits when they use an athlete’s likeness...more
Star gazing takes on new meaning in New Mexico as the state’s film industry continues to grow. You might spot stars like Johnny Depp, Lou Diamond Phillips, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Juliet Lopez in Albuquerque since...more
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- Paul Watler's Perspective
A Million to None in Texas Defamation Rulings — The same red-flag words may yield vastly different results in defamation litigation. Two recent Texas rulings serve as...more
Let me first say that I love football and I went to Stanford. But not when Stanford had good football teams, no, no. I went to Stanford when we were lucky to win 4 games in the season. So the recent, phenomenal success of...more
Michael Jordan recently learned that his achievements on the basketball court do not translate into success in court when his opponent is the First Amendment.
In a ruling against Mr. Jordan, a federal judge in Chicago...more
Society is consumed with celebrity. We can survey Hollywood marriages and divorces, analyze Golden Globe wardrobe choices and comment upon the latest Lindsey Lohan foible. It is not surprising that many artists have channeled...more
In This Issue:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Sale of Violent Video Games to Minors; The Hurt Locker; and In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Sale of Violent Video...more
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•Hart v. Electronic Arts, Inc.
Hart v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USDC District of New Jersey, September 9, 2011
District court dismisses former college football player’s right of publicity...more
On Sept. 9, 2011, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the district of New Jersey issued a 67 page opinion that is not only the latest in a series of decisions involving Electronic Arts’ (EA) sports...more
Closely watched class action lawsuits by former student athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association “NCAA”), its licensing arm, the Collegiate Licensing company (“CLC”), and the popular video game maker,...more
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• Best v. Berard
• Lapine v. Seinfeld
Best v. Berard, USDC N.D. Illinois, March 3, 2011
• In right of publicity action relating to reality TV show Female Forces, court grants defendants’ motion...more
Over the years, several businesses have tried to gain a competitive edge by associating their products with famous celebrities… but without obtaining licenses. There has been the “Bogart” collection of furniture sold by...more
No Doubt v. Activision Publishing, Inc., California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, February 15, 2011
• In rock band’s right of publicity action, court finds videogame publisher’s use of band members’...more
Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton is best known for her flamboyant lifestyle and reality television show, "The Simple Life." She is now also the topic of conversation around law firm water coolers, and not just for her recent...more
ESPN, Inc. put legendary boxing promoter Don King down for the count this summer when a Florida appellate court upheld summary judgment in favor of the sports media giant on King's defamation claims in Don King Productions,...more
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*Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In Fantasy Baseball Right Of Publicity Case
*Chaos Continued ? The Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In C.B.C. Distribution And Marketing V. Major League...more
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