Justice for Jim Thorpe is Long Past Due

There is a movement afoot to correct a century-plus wrong in the sports world. Jim Thorpe, the world’s greatest athlete at the time and a Native American, was stripped of his gold medals in the 1912 Olympics in the decathalon and pentathlon. At the time, those two events were considered the most important in the… Continue reading Justice for Jim Thorpe is Long Past Due

Joy Reid Loses Libel Suit but Big Loser Will Be Media

This is Ms. La Liberte NOT making racist statements

Prominent MSNBC anchor Joy Reid lost a big appellate decision that will shape the rules of many cases involving free speech. Fighting this case made no sense and in the end it dealt a large blow to protections long relied upon by the media. Last week, the┬áSecond Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated libel claims from… Continue reading Joy Reid Loses Libel Suit but Big Loser Will Be Media

Say What You Want About Lenny Dykstra . . . . I Mean It, NY Ct. Rules You Can’t Defame Him.

The arc of Lenny “Nails” Dykstra’s life is like a roller coaster. Well at least that first part of the rollercoaster where you go up a huge hill, reach the top, and then speedily plummet to the bottom. Lenny’s hit so rock-bottom that recently a NY Judge ruled he is “libel-proof.” That is, his public… Continue reading Say What You Want About Lenny Dykstra . . . . I Mean It, NY Ct. Rules You Can’t Defame Him.

Lawyering vs. Extortion

Michael Avenatti/Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

Lawyer Michael Avenatti has enjoyed some time in the spotlight. As the one-time lawyer for Stormy Daniels, one of President Trump’s mistresses, Avenatti quickly became the darling of the cable news circuit. Quick on his feet with a sharp wit, he would bounce from show to show and dominated the news cycle for months and… Continue reading Lawyering vs. Extortion

Will Alfonso Ribiero Win His Lawsuit Against Fortnite Over “The Carlton Dance?” (Hint: No)

Image Courtesy of Cinema of Gaming

Actor Alfonso Ribiero played nerdy guy Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” back in the last century. One of the greatest scenes from the show was when Cartlon, home alone, dances wildly to Tom Jones’ hit “Its Not Unusual.” The dance became his signature move and dubbed The Carlton. Now two video game… Continue reading Will Alfonso Ribiero Win His Lawsuit Against Fortnite Over “The Carlton Dance?” (Hint: No)

Tribeca Film Institute Brings Film Class to NY State Prison

Common sense and quality fiction stops here

I was asked to be a speaker yesterday at the Tribeca Film Institute’s Community Screening Program at Otisville Correctional Institute. The program brings a series of films into the NY State medium-security facility in Orange County, NY and then has a group of incarcerated facilitators lead a discussion among the participants about the film. Its… Continue reading Tribeca Film Institute Brings Film Class to NY State Prison

A Tale of Two Tapes: Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan

Sex, lies and videotapes have been playing out in two heavily-watched courtroom cases involving celebrities Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan. In the Erin Andrews case, a jury has awarded her $55 million as a result of her lawsuit against a Nashville Marriott and a man who took and posted a nude video of her.Andrews was… Continue reading A Tale of Two Tapes: Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan

Copyright Lawsuit Filed Against Joss Whedon Over “Cabin In the Woods”

Filmmaker Joss Whedon is being sued for $10 million by a writer who claims they stole his idea for the hit horror film Cabin in the Woods. Writer Peter Gallagher has filed the lawsuit against the Avengers director and his co-writer/director Drew Goddard. In his lawsuit filed this week in Federal Court in California, the… Continue reading Copyright Lawsuit Filed Against Joss Whedon Over “Cabin In the Woods”