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Penalty Provisions in Reality TV Contracts – Fair or Unenforceable?

In 1968, visionary pop artist Andy Warhol proclaimed in a catalog promoting an art show of his in Sweden that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Reality TV has certainly proven the truth of his claim. Having worked with individuals and production companies in the reality TV field, one of the […]

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General Litigation

Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Decision Serves as Reminder of Importance of Legal System

Yes, yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. There were various blog posts, FB status updates and other commemorations of the historic event. But very little was written about the 40th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that changed this country forever. On November 22, 1971, the Supreme Court issued Reed […]

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Litigation

Lawyer’s Failure to Safeguard Documents Brings Hefty Penalty

Often in Federal litigation and state commercial litigation, certain documents are marked “confidential” so that the parties know that while they have to be exchanged through the course of the case, they are not to be given to third parties or used outsider the litigation in any way. In some cases, an entire court file […]

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General Litigation

Why People Hate Lawyers (but shouldn’t)

Its a question I often pose to my law students, normally near the end of the semester: Why do people hate lawyers? I ask it for a number of reasons but mainly to help them have answers for people’s common gripes about lawyers that they will hear at bars, nightclubs, parties, PTA meetings, post offices, […]

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General

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 […]