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Advertising Law - July 2016 #2

VW Will Pay $14.7B in Largest FTC False Ad Suit - Volkswagen made a $14.7 billion deal with the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the California Attorney General over charges that the auto...more

Airbnb Faces Suit for Using Julia Child’s Name in a Contest

Earlier this year, Airbnb ran a contest in which one winner could “come stay in the former home of Julia Child.” The company advertised that entrants could imagine themselves “walking the halls of Julia Child’s former home,”...more

Till Death Do Us Part? How to Deal With Celebrity Publicity Rights When That Celebrity Passes

The tragic death of renowned recording artist Prince left many reminiscing about his meticulously crafted public image. In life, the law allowed Prince to control the commercial exploitations of his image.  At death, however,...more

Private Bankrolling of Defamation and Privacy Suits

The New York Times recently reported that famed Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been secretly bankrolling “Hulk Hogan’s” (real name Terry Bollea) invasion of privacy suit against Gawker Media....more

Privacy in a Connected World: The Celebrity Threesome Injunction

In January, a celebrity applied for an injunction against an English tabloid newspaper that wished to publish an article about a three-way sexual encounter. This case subsequently went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in...more

Sign O’ the Times: the Right of Publicity Comes to Minnesota

The ability to control the use of one’s name, likeness, voice, and other personal attributes is known as the right of publicity. Unlike trademarks, patents, and copyrights, which are types of intellectual property governed...more

Celebrity Trademark Watch: Beyoncé Sues Feyoncé and Fame is the Name of the Game

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, known to most as simply Beyoncé, and as “Bey” to those who like to pretend they know her, is about as famous as one can be. She transitioned from the acclaimed group “Destiny’s Child” to...more

EU Retail News - April 2016

Welcome to the first issue of EU Retail News written by members of the Retail Team at Bryan Cave - EU and US: Marketing fitspiration from SoulCycle - SoulCycle has taken the US by storm, with fitness studios...more

Playboy Enterprises International Inc. v. Mediatakeout.com LLC - USDC, S.D. N.Y., March 8, 2016

In dispute over Playboy photos of rapper Azealia Banks, district court denies motion to dismiss copyright infringement and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims stemming from website’s unauthorized addition of its own...more

Whose Your Mommy? Legality of Surrogacy Contracts

It appears that regardless of her separation and subsequent divorce from husband, Lamar Sally, television personality, Sherri Shephard, will still retain the title of “mommy” to Lamar Sally, Jr. On March 1, 2016, the...more

Celebrity Trademark Watch: Gift Bag Promoter Not Likely to Thank the Academy for Oscars Trademark Lawsuit

Celebrated film actors have it tough. After all, only two men and two women can take home a “Best” or “Best Supporting” acting Oscar each year. The lucky winners of 2016 will be announced this coming Sunday, February 28,...more

Celebrity Trademark Watch: Who Owns Marilyn Monroe’s Image? – Right of Publicity vs. Trademark Rights

In her posthumously published autobiography, My Story, screen legend Marilyn Monroe wrote: “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to...more

Hacker of celebrity victims arrested

The U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York has announced that Alonzo Knowles, (aka Jeff Moxey) was arrested last week. He is alleged to have hacked into celebrity email accounts....more

The Halloween Edition: Frights of Publicity and Celebrity Ghosts

It is an undisputed fact that the 90’s were the best. The deadcade gave us some of the best television (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), movies (Clueless), fashion (flannel), and music (Backstreet Boys). Everything created since...more

“If You Were Justin Bieber’s Lawyer, What Would You Be Doing Today?”

Greenberg Glusker partner Bonnie Eskenazi was quoted in the American Lawyer Litigation Daily article, “If You Were Justin Bieber’s Lawyer, What Would You Be Doing Today?” on October 12, 2015 (subscription required)....more

Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

Fifty-eight Problems and Trademarks Are Just One: Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye, Pharrell and Rihanna Sue Fashion Retailer

It’s become a hard-knock life for ElevenParis, a French fashion retailer with stores in the U.S. After selling t-shirts and other merchandise with these not-so-subtle designs...more

Jordan $8.9M – Dominick’s 0: Star Wins Over Unauthorized Use of Name

For years, Michael Jordan dominated opponents on the basketball court. Now, he seems to be doing the same in legal courts. Last week, a jury ordered Chicago grocery chain Dominick’s (now owned by Safeway) to pay the former...more

Owners of Celebrity Fan Sites Still in the Spotlight for Copyright Liability Without DMCA Safe Harbor

The Southern District of New York recently stressed the importance for internet service providers (“ISPs”) to comply with “safe harbor” requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) in order to be shielded...more

Michael Jordan Defends His Right to Remain in Court to Protect His Likeness

On March 19, 2015, Wilson Elser published “Michael Jordan Denied Summary Judgment on His Right of Publicity Claim against Illinois Grocer,” an Alert concerning a case in which Michael Jordan was denied summary judgment on his...more

Henry Bushkin, Johnny Carson's Lawyer & Business Manager, Talks About Life with the King of Late Night [Video]

Today, my special guest is Henry Bushkin, who was Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business manager, advisor, confidante and author of the book Johnny Carson. I sat down with Henry in his apartment on the Upper East Side to talk about...more

Are You Socially Aware? Take Our Millennial Influencers Quiz

OK, Socially Aware readers, we’ve got a pop-culture quiz for you today. How many of the following names are familiar to you?...more

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Ability to Assess “Jock Tax” Against Non-Resident Athletes

The Ohio Supreme Court dealt a pair of blows to Cleveland’s so-called “jock tax” in separate decisions issued on April 30th. Although neither decision called into question a locality’s power to tax non-resident athletes and...more

Taylor Swift Takes Another Step Towards Building Her Empire By Trademarking Her “Swifty” Phrases

From her signature red lips to her retro-chic fashion ensembles, Taylor Swift has carefully crafted and maintained her brand.  Now the 25-year-old musical sensation has taken the next steps toward building her empire....more

Parody Or Rip Off?: Don Henley Won’t Take It Easy

Former Eagles drummer and co-lead singer Don Henley has just agreed to settle a lawsuit that he filed against Duluth Trading Co., the clothing retailer best known for its goofy cartoon ads on television. ...more

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