Brooks Pierce

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2000 Renaissance Plaza
230 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
Phone: (336) 373-8850
Fax: (336) 378-1001
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • North Carolina
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

“Haters Gonna Hate, Hate . . . .”  Can Taylor Swift “Shake it Off”?

On September 18, 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Hall and Butler are the co-authors of the 2000…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

NC Business Court Rules On What Constitutes An "Arbitration"

You've probably never had to decide what it means to agree to arbitrate. Usually, there is a written provision that references the AAA Rules and includes a consent to AAA's procedures as to the appointment of the arbitrator(s)…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Organizations, Business Torts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

North Carolina Legislative Update - October, 2017

North Carolina Legislators finished up another 2017 "special session" this week. Over the next few months, members will be in Raleigh on occasion for oversight committee meetings and will return again in January 2018 for another…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Mark Ronson Sued For Infringing 80’s Funk “Masterpiece”

On September 12, 2017, the publisher of the legendary song “More Bounce to the Ounce” filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against music producer Mark Ronson. The suit alleges that Ronson’s hit song “Uptown Funk,” which has…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Torts, Intellectual Property

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Nonprofit Law, Securities Law

North Carolina Legislative Update - September, 2017

The legislators finished up a second short session this week, adjourning until October 4th. Redistricting - The General Assembly approved new House and Senate district maps Wednesday just ahead of the court-ordered…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

Former Band Member Sues The Roots

Frank “Knuckles” Walker, a musician and percussionist best known as a former member of the band The Roots, recently filed a lawsuit against his former band members and others. A copy of the complaint is available here…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Court Rejects Infringement Claim Against Alan Jackson

On October 27, 2016, North Carolina songwriter Timothy Arnett sued the legendary country star Alan Jackson in the Eastern District of North Carolina for alleged copyright infringement. Arnett claimed that Jackson’s song…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

NC Legislature Decides To Legislate Choice Of Law Provisions In "Business Contracts"

The North Carolina General Assembly has decided to legislate choice of law in commercial transactions. The new statute, enacted in June, is called the "North Carolina Choice of Law and Forum in Business Contracts Act."…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

North Carolina Legislative Update - August, 2017

The legislators made their way back to Raleigh this week for the first in a series of special sessions. This particular session was intended to give legislators the chance to override gubernatorial vetoes, vote on conference…more
 /  Elections & Politics

“Thinking Out Loud” About Copyright Infringement (Again)

Ed Sheeran has had plenty of court troubles recently. After reportedly reaching a settlement over his song “Photograph” earlier this year, he was recently sued (a second time) for his song “Thinking Out Loud.”…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Music Licensing Databases? The Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act and ASCAP/BMI

On July 20, US Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act. The legislation would create a database of music copyright ownership and licensing information…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics

U2 Seeks Dismissal of “The Fly” Infringement Suit

Earlier this year, a songwriter sued the members of U2, claiming that the U2 song, “The Fly” from the 1991 album “Achtung Baby,” infringed the songwriter’s 1989 song “Nae Slappin.” The plaintiff songwriter, Paul Rose, claims…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

In-House Counsel's Worst Nightmare: A Subpoena In A Case To Which The Company Is Not A Party

I don't think that there is anything worse than having a client get subpoenaed in a case to which it isn't a party. It didn't want to be drawn into someone else's problem, to have to scour its records to respond to an…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure

What Businesses Should Know About the 2017 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh after enacting a biennial budget and considering hundreds of bills during a six-month session. Legislators will return in August and September to consider other matters such…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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