Tag Archives: Litigation

Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels Defamation Suit

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President Donald Trump has scored an initial win in Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit. On Monday, October 15, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero dismissed the suit alleging that Trump’s April 18, 2018, tweet defamed Daniels. Trump is also entitled to legal fees.  Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted later that day that he had filed a […]

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Ticketmaster Double Dipping Ticket Sales

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In late September, a joint CBC News and Toronto Star investigation revealed allegations that Ticketmaster has been utilizing scalpers to get more money out of consumers through resales. While undercover at Ticket Summit 2018, a Las Vegas convention, reporters recorded Ticketmaster representatives stating that the company does not strictly monitor their site for scalpers and […]

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October Madness – Adidas Consultant Testifies that College Basketball Star Received Payments

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TJ Gassnola, a former consultant for Adidas, testified on Wednesday that the shoe company paid the family of Deandre Ayton, a former basketball player for the University of Arizona and the first selection in the most recent NBA draft, before or during his collegiate career.  Gassnola’s testimony comes during the opening week of the first […]

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Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo” Tweet May Give Life to Class Action Suit

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On February 15, 2016, Kanye West tweeted that his album, The Life of Pablo, “will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”  A month and a half later, not only was the album on Apple, but it was also for sale on […]

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Copyright Suit Against Gwen Stefani Fails to “Spark the Fire”

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The United States District Court for the Central District of California has granted summary judgment in a copyright case stemming from singer Gwen Stefani’s 2014 hit song “Spark the Fire.” The suit was brought by Stefani’s former hairdresser Richard Morrill. He alleged that he played Stefani a song called “Who’s Got My Lightah” while working […]

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Tattoos and Copyright, Take-Two

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In 2016, Take-Two, a video game company that is the creator of the NBA 2K series of video games, was sued by Solid Oak Sketches, a company who owns the copyright in several NBA players’ tattoos. Solid Oak argued that the video game series, which seeks to simulate the NBA, infringed on their copyright because […]

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Texas Band Hits Chick-Fil-A, ESPN with Copyright Suit Over College Football Commercial

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Law360 reported a Texas rock band’s representatives, Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc., filed suit against Chick-Fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. in Texas federal court on Tuesday. The suit alleges that the pair of companies stole a song from Dallas rock band Drayter for in the background of two commercials the companies released featuring the well-known Chick-Fil-A […]

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“Empire” Strikes Back: Record Label Asks Supreme Court to Hear Trademark Infringement Suit

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In 2015, Empire Distribution Inc., a record label, sued Twentieth Century Fox for trademark infringement. The lawsuit revolves around the television show Empire, a “primetime drama based around a fictional [record label] of the name.” Both the real-life record label and the fictional record label predominantly release hip-hop songs. The Lanham Act, the main law that […]

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US Soccer Execs Ask Courts to Show NASL’s Suit a Red Card

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This past week, Law360 reported that U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) executives filed a motion to dismiss in the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) suit in New York state courts. NASL filed suit in February alleging a breach of fiduciary duty and a purposeful scheme by USSF executives to undermine NASL while promoting the other major […]

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Fourth Time’s a Charm: Bill O’Reilly Sued for Defamation by Fourth Woman

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Laurie Dhue, a former Fox News anchor from 2000 to 2008, is the fourth woman to bring a defamation suit against Bill O’Reilly. All four women had previously reached settlement agreements with O’Reilly over allegations of sexual harassment. In the settlement agreement with 21st Century Fox, the parent company for Fox News agreed to pay […]

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