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Copyright Law Litigation

Enter the Lawyers!: Bruce Lee’s Estate’s Lawsuit Against Target, Urban Outfitters Can Proceed

The dead can keep earning. Bruce Lee died in 1973, but his family still owns the rights to his imagery and persona.  So its a little shocking to see some large retailers like Target and Urban Outfitters decide to distribute T-Shirts for sale with some of his most iconic images emblazoned on the front, without […]

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Copyright Law Litigation

NY’s Highest Court Allows Suit in NY For Copyright Infringement Occurring Outside of State

New York’s “long-arm statute” permits a Manhattan-based publisher to sue an out-of-state online corporation in NY for copyright infringement, the state Court of Appeals ruled last week. Early in law school, law students learn about “long-arm” jurisdiction; then they try to forget about it as soon as they pass the bar. “Long-Arm” jurisdiction refers to […]

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General Litigation

Why Sheen Will Be “Winning” the CBS Lawsuit

Like everyone else in the country I can’t help but be fascinated and overloaded with Charlie Sheen. Its “All Charlie, All the time.” But there was nothing for me to blog about because it was not really law-related.  But CBS’ recent decision to fire him from his maddeningly popular show “Two and Half Men”  bring […]

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General Litigation

The Devil’s In The Details

The foreclosure business is at a standstill in much of the country.  Yes, banks are still sending out foreclosure and eviction notices  but in courtrooms all across America, foreclosure cases have been stayed or frozen.  The inactivity has been caused in large part by one lawyer, Thomas Cox, whose pro bono work on behalf of […]

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General Litigation

Kings of E-storage Fined For Losing Emails

Sandisk, the multi-billion dollar company, that is the king of electronic storage devices, was just hit with $150,000.00 fine for losing emails related to litigation its involved in with two former employees.  The case Harkabi v. Sandisk is a warning to all companies not to destroy e-documents if there is any threat of litigation and […]

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Copyright Law General

Vitamin Water case – Were Coke’s Lawyer’s Clueless?

Just wanted to add an update on this issue. In the judge’s decision, it states that Coca-Cola did not contest the facts about VitaminWater but instead argued that no reasonable consumer could be mislead into thinking that VW was healthy because  -and here is the kicker-  they claim that Coke never promoted it as a […]

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Copyright Law

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 […]

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General

Supreme Court Rules Against NFL in Licensing Case

OK, let’s break out all the sports analogies:   “The Supreme Court sacked the         NFL… ” , “The NFL took a hit yesterday . . .” ” The Supreme Court blind sided the NFL  . . .” Now that we have that out of the way, here’s what happened.  In what will be considered a […]

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Make your Business Litigation Proof (Well, Almost)

Many of my litigation clients are owners of small to mid-size businesses that find themselves thrust into court for the first time. These folks are often shocked to see how time consuming and expensive the litigation process can be. So after years of counseling them through the court system, I have observed that there a […]