Tag Archives: Litigation

Trademark Issue on Hold in the Nation’s Capital

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According to Forbes, the well-publicized legal battle over the emblem for the NFL’s Washington Redskins has been put on hold. Recently, a federal appeals court delayed the case involving the legality of the team’s trademarked mascot and its controversial “Redskins” name. After unsuccessfully petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case, the professional football […]

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Fashion Police Strike Again!

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Ralph Lauren, Payless Shoes, and the Kardashians’ Dash boutique have been sued for allegedly discriminating against visually impaired customers. According to The Fashion Law, plaintiff Andres Gomez filed separate lawsuits against each company last week claiming that, because the defendants’ websites are not equipped with any screen reader software, they have effectively “denied visually impaired […]

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Interview with Dolores DiBella- Counsel to the NFL

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The Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law recently sat down with attorney Dolores DiBella, Counsel to the NFL, to discuss current issues in sports law and career development.  Ms. DiBella currently manages intellectual property, commercial litigation, employment matters, and rights enforcement for the League and its member clubs. She received her Bachelors in Government from […]

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Call of Duty’s Lawyers Called to Duty in French Court

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According to the BBC, the children of late Angolan rebel leader, Jonas Savimbi, are suing the makers of Call of Duty in France for €1 million in damages for his “rather unfavorable” depiction in the best-selling video game.  Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the video game at the heart of the suit, features a […]

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@Chanel v. @ChanelOfficial

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According to mtv.com, Chanel, the iconic haute couture fashion house, is currently engaging in a war of rights for the Instagram handle “@Chanel.”  The fashion conglomerate has had to resort to using the mouthful “@ChanelOfficial” rather than the much sleeker “@Chanel” handle for its Instagram account because @Chanel is currently being used by a 20 […]

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Blade Runner or Blade Gunner

Oscar Pistorious, the South African athlete who made history when he became the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the summer Olympic games in London in 2012, is seeking to appeal his conviction for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013. In a surprise turn of events last month, the “Blade […]

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ASCAP Shows Commitment to Greater Transparency

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is one of the two largest Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) in the country. Boasting a repertoire of over 10 million musical compositions from over half a million members, ASCAP can now also boast that it is the first PRO to make “licensable share data” readily available […]

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Federal Appeals Court Considers Further Concussion Litigation

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  Federal Judges in the Third Circuit conducted a hearing on Thursday with regard to the lower court’s approval of settlements with regard to NFL concussion litigation. Per the April settlement, families of players whose brains were found to have C.T.E. qualified for up to $4 million dollars. Upon appeal, the players’ lawyer is arguing […]

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Taylor Swift “Shakes Off” Plagiarism Suit

  Jesse Braham, an amateur musician, filed a copyright infringement suit in federal court in California against international pop star Taylor Swift. His complaint alleged that lyrics from Swift’s chart-topping single “Shake It Off” were 92% plagiarized from a song he wrote in 2013, “Haters Gonna Hate.” He specifically claimed Swift’s lyric, “the players gonna […]

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Super Bowl Seating Case Set to go to Trial

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On February 6, 2011, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. According to the Dallas Morning News, a lawsuit was filed shortly after the game because 1,200 of the 15,000 temporary seats in the stadium were not completed in time for kickoff. Some ticketholders were forced to […]

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