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Modern Day Litigation, Cyber Defamation, and Law in Sports & Entertainment

Monthly Archives: February 2011

Witness Examination at a Deposition is Different from Trial

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment Law
The Oscars are happening this weekend, so it’s a good thing that I finally got around to seeing The Social Network (the one about how Facebook started), which is one of the best-picture nominees. What a great film. Great acting (Justin Timberlake notwithstanding). Great directing. Great cinematography. But bad depiction of what is called the discovery process, in pre-trial … Continue Reading

League Files NLRB Complaint Against Players’ Association

Posted in Uncategorized
Till now I have purposely avoided concerning myself with the day-to-day minutiae of the ongoing labor negotiations between the National Football League and the Players’ Association. After all, there’s going to be a deal. The only question(s) is what will the deal look like, and when will they get it done. The league’s current CBA … Continue Reading

Reduced Charges Unlikely to Reduce Barry Bonds Potential Sentence

Posted in Uncategorized
And then there were five… Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California filed a third superseding indictment inUnited States v. Barry Lamar Bonds, reducing the number of felony charges to five (click the image to download a pdf copy). These are essentially the same charges comprised in Bonds’ original indictment, back in November … Continue Reading

USPTO Denies Sarah Palin’s Trademark Application. WTF?

Posted in Trademark
                          The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), in Washington, D.C. has temporarily foiled Sarah Palin’s plans to receive trademark protection for her name. (See U.S. Trademark Application No. 85170226 pdf file). The reason for the agency’s disposition: She (or her attorney) … Continue Reading

Expunged Conviction Doesn’t Confer a Right to Sue for Defamation

Posted in New Jersey, Privacy Law, Right of Publicity
First Amendment proponents are applauding yesterday’s NJ Supreme Court decision, which dealt an apparent blow to privacy advocates by holding that the fact that a conviction was expunged does not negate its truth for the purposes of using it as a defense to defamation. As I explained here, defamation claims are not common because they are … Continue Reading