Court Rules “Vitamins + Water” = Misleading!

In a stunning blow to the Coca-Cola Company (owners of Vitaminwater), a Federal Judge ruled that a class action lawsuit could proceed against the company due to the misleading nature of its name and its health claims. Coke had tried to dismiss the complaint saying that the claims were just puffery and that non one… Continue reading Court Rules “Vitamins + Water” = Misleading!

If It Were Easy, Anyone Could Do It!

Representing a hated or disgraced figure in a high-profile case is no easy task. Not only are you faced with the regular burdens of trying a difficult case -stress, increased workload, etc – but you have the ever hungry media crew and the disapproving looks and comments of those around you to contend with. (“How… Continue reading If It Were Easy, Anyone Could Do It!

Loose Lips Sink Lawyer

Lynne Stewart was a well-known combative defense lawyer when she was convicted of aiding terrorism by allowing a supposed interpreter exchange messages with her client, a convicted terrorist cleric. The judge’s original sentence of 28-months was considered a strong sentence.  Certainly more than enough for the 60plus year old attorney to have gotten a stern… Continue reading Loose Lips Sink Lawyer

High Profile Cases Make Some Lawyers Forget Their Obligations

Lindsay Lohan’s search for a new lawyer led to a Chicago Lawyer named  Stuart Goldberg. How she found Mr. Goldberg, I don’t know, as his website seems to indicate he specializes in State and Federal street narcotics cases.  But in any event, he was flown to LA to meet with Lohan for six hours to… Continue reading High Profile Cases Make Some Lawyers Forget Their Obligations

NY Court Deals Huge Blow to Digital Image Companies by Invalidating Registration Method

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for the licensors of digital images, Federal Judge Loretta Preska, the Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, declared as improper and unenforceable the standard method for registering images by digital image warehouses like Corbis and Masterfile (the biggest of them Getty Images, does not… Continue reading NY Court Deals Huge Blow to Digital Image Companies by Invalidating Registration Method

In Support of “Pre-Conjugal Agreements” and “Financial Abortion”

Last week The Root, an online magazine focused on African-American issues reported on a topic raised by Sociology Professor Frances Goldscheder who teaches at Brown University. She put out the idea whether men should be able to seek a “financial abortion” if their unmarried girlfriend has a baby that the man specifically told her he… Continue reading In Support of “Pre-Conjugal Agreements” and “Financial Abortion”

Manhattan Film Festival Law Suit Filed against Tribeca

My latest intellectual property case is a lawsuit brought against the Tribeca Film Festival by the founders of the Manhattan Film Festival.  I think the TFF appears to have lost its way and forgotten its “innovative” roots.   After all, this year’s TFF opened with “Shrek 3.”  This year it also launched its first “Virtual Film… Continue reading Manhattan Film Festival Law Suit Filed against Tribeca

Did Lindsay’s Nail Have a Profane Message?

I had previously commented about how poorly Lindsay Lohan was dressed for her court and how her lawyer needs to give her advice on that subject as well as her general court demeanor May 28,2010: Lindsay Lohan Needs Damage Control ASAP! She Just Asked Chanel to Decorate her DWI Bracelet! So now the web has… Continue reading Did Lindsay’s Nail Have a Profane Message?

In Defense of Thurgood Marshall

Happy Fourth of July! I was lying in  my pool enjoying this fine hot summer day, reading the Times , when I came upon an article about how Thurgood Marshall’s name is being thrown about during the Kagan confirmation hearings.  I was in total disbelief that there could be serious debate about whether Marshall was… Continue reading In Defense of Thurgood Marshall