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Eggleston v. Daniels - USDC, E.D. Michigan, August 16, 2016

District court refused to dismiss infringement claims alleging creators of TV show “Empire” copied Cookie Lyon character from plaintiff’s memoir, concluding, among other things, that stories with female, African-American…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury

Teaming Sports Stars, Good Causes Great – But Know the Rules

Many sports figures have created nonprofit organizations to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. But the reality is that athletes’ foundations aren’t always successful in raising money for charity. This article…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Nonprofit Law

Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision Hasn’t Resolved Issues of Concreteness

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a critical question in privacy and consumer class-action litigation — whether plaintiffs who may have suffered no actual injury beyond an alleged violation…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

DeVito Artworks LLC v. Legendary Pictures LLC - California Superior Court, Los Angeles County, August 5, 2016

In dispute over pitch for television series about origins of King Kong, Superior Court holds that plaintiff’s implied contract with makers of “Kong: Skull Island” film not to use ideas without compensation was not barred by the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin - USDC, C.D. California, August 8, 2016

District court rejects music publisher’s request for nearly $800,000 in attorney’s fees and costs as prevailing party in copyright dispute over Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven,” concluding lawsuit alleging infringement of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Election Year Reminders: Cautionary Guidance for Employers That Sponsor PAC/Charity Matching Programs

As we head into the final stretch of the presidential election cycle, employers — both for-profit and nonprofit — may wish to offer employee programs to encourage civic participation, including facilitating political…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 11, No. 2

IRS Seeks to Limit Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities: Proposed Section 2704 Regulations - Proposed regulations issued on August 2, if finalized in their present form, will significantly limit the ability to…more
| Business Organizations, Insurance, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Election Year Updates for Section 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, or the PATH Act, made several changes to tax law applicable to section 501(c)(4) organizations operating this election year. In addition, two relatively recent IRS denials of…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Solid Oak Sketches LLC v. 2K Games Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, August 2, 2016

In copyright dispute over depictions of NBA players’ tattoos in “NBA 2K” video game series, district court dismisses tattoo licensing company’s claim for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees because copyrighted tattoo designs…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. v. TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. - USDC, C.D. California, August 1, 2016

District court grants motion for reconsideration, reviving Lions Gate’s claim of trademark dilution in dispute over advertising campaign that used modified version of famous line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” from movie “Dirty…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Halo, It's me, Your advice of counsel opinion

Supreme Court opinion that created reduced standard for determining willful patent infringement means potential patent infringers should strongly consider opinions of patent counsel when knowledge of possible infringement…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Seeks to Limit Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities: Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

Many sophisticated estate planning techniques include gifts, sales, or other transfers to family members that incorporate significant discounts on the value of the property transferred. These discounts can range from 15 percent…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Silas v. Home Box Office, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, July 26, 2016

District court dismisses copyright infringement claim against creators of HBO’s television show “Ballers,” finding no substantial similarity between HBO’s show about retired football player who advises current players on…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Newt v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. - USDC, C.D. California, July 27, 2016

District court dismisses copyright infringement claim against creators of Fox’s television show “Empire,” finding no substantial similarity between Fox’s show about struggle for control of music company and plaintiff’s…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — July 2016

FDA publishes draft guidance outlining conflict-of-interest rules for advisory committee members - The draft guidance describes how the agency determines whether members with appearance issues may be allowed to participate…more
| Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology
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