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Defamation, Celebrities, and the Internet

By the very nature of their positions, celebrities in both the sports and entertainment spheres generate significant public attention and discussion.

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Kickstarting Litigation: What is the Future of Crowdfunded Films?

On April 12, 2013, The Veronica Mars Movie project broke fund raising records, with 91,585 backers pledging a total of $5,702,153. The catch? The film was funded on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

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The NFL and Super Bowl Ticket Prices (Finkelman v. NFL)

A few weeks ago, Josh Finkelman sat in the upper decks of MetLife Stadium watching the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The price for those nosebleed seats? $4,000 for two tickets.

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Macklemore and the Fear of the Minstrel Show

The trajectory of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Macklemore”) is where the complexity of the race in music debate begins.

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“Unsportsmanlike” Conduct and That Richard Sherman Interview

Richard Sherman, star defensive back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has received severe public criticism for his comments in the immediate aftermath of his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday.

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Facebook Sues Law Firms

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According to Businessweek, on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg filed a suit against several law firms and individual attorneys who represented Paul Ceglia in 2010. In 2010, Ceglia brought a suit in a New York state court asserting that Zuckerberg had promised him an 84% stake in Facebook. After researching Ceglia’s claim and finding it credible, DLA Piper took […]

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Winston, FSU Move Forward with Title IX Hearing

According to ESPN, Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston has agreed to move forward with a student conduct hearing concerning his role in an alleged sexual assault that occurred in December 2012. Winston faces four potential violations of the student conduct code: two charges of sexual misconduct and two charges of endangerment. Florida State University’s […]

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Aereo…Not Done Yet

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, on Wednesday, New York judge Alison Nathan presided over a hearing for a preliminary injunction against Aereo. Two years ago, Nathan denied an injunction on behalf of national broadcasters. Yet this summer, the Supreme Court decided otherwise, ruling that the distribution of individual copies of TV signals violated the Transmit Clause of the […]

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Few Players to Opt Out of NFL Concussion Settlement

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According to ESPN, very few players are likely to opt-out of the NFL Concussion Litigation Settlement proposed in June. Players are given three options with respect to the settlement: they can accept, opt-out, or object. Attorneys have predicted that any number from two dozen to several hundred of the eligible 18,000 players will choose to opt-out.  Some players have […]

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Snapchat Breach

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ABC News reports that in the wake of the celebrity photo leak, Snapchat users have found their private photos available for public viewing on the 4Chan website. Snapchat is known for its ephemeral uploads–preventing users from saving their images and including a prohibition on the use of third party applications to save the pictures taken and […]

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James Bond Victory

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Although Judge Otero’s opinion on the Section 6 case was filed in late September, this past week a redacted version of the decision was released—shedding light on his reasoning to not dismiss the case. In late April, MGM filed a suit claiming that Universal’s Section 6 project infringed on the copyright of its James Bond […]

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Former College Athletes Seek Class Action Lawsuit Against Television Networks and College Conferences

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According to ESPN, ten former collegiate athletes have filed a lawsuit against the “Big Five” college conferences, Conference USA, and the Ohio Valley Conference as well as major television networks including, but not limited to, ESPN, ABC, CBS, and Fox. The former college players, who seek to form a class for all current and former […]

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“How” TM

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Is it possible to trademark a common word such as “How?” That is the question in a recent case involving Greek yogurt manufacturer, Chobani, and author Dov Seidman. Seidman penned the book “How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything,” which describes how companies can create more ethical cultures. Founded in 1992, Seidman’s company, LRN, […]

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Judge Delays Ruling in New Jersey Sports Betting Case

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According to ABC News, there has been a stunning turn of events in New Jersey’s quest to allow sports gambling within its borders. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp had previously stated that a written opinion would be published today deciding whether New Jersey could allows sports gambling without regulation. Instead, District Judge Shipp entered an […]

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