Tag Archives: first amendment

it’s not defamatory to conflate 2 legally distinct entities when unity is what they wanted consumers to perceive

RainSoft v. MacFarland, No. 15-432 WES, 2018 WL 4696737 (D.R.I. Sept. 30, 2018) MacFarland runs lazymanandmoney.com, where he blogs about companies who provide consumer products and services. He and his wife “sat through an in-home demonstration of RainSoft’s water-treatment products.” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sony’s claim that Michael Jackson performed songs on album was just its opinion

Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment, — Cal.Rptr.3d —- , 2018 WL 4090622, No. B280526 (Ct. App. Aug. 28, 2018) [This case says a bunch of stuff that’s way too broad for the facts; people who are concerned about things like … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

ad for a “true story” states an opinion, not a fact, when applied to an expressive work

Incarcerated Entertainment, LLC v. CNBC LLC, No. 18-480, 2018 WL 3677918 (D. Del. Aug., 2, 2018) Ads for TV shows aren’t immune from false advertising law.  However, “[s]ummarizing an argument or opinion offered within the show is different than a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ad for a “true story” states an opinion, not a fact, when applied to an expressive work

Incarcerated Entertainment, LLC v. CNBC LLC, No. 18-480, 2018 WL 3677918 (D. Del. Aug., 2, 2018) Ads for TV shows aren’t immune from false advertising law.  However, “[s]ummarizing an argument or opinion offered within the show is different than a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

the perils of default judgments against speech: showing up late can prove onerous

Lokosky v. Gass, No. 1 CA-SA 18-0101, 2018 WL 3150499 (Az. Ct. App. Jun. 28, 2018) Respondents (not Gass, who’s the judge, named for procedural reasons) sued Lokosky for false advertising and related claims seeking to compel Lokosky to “remove … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Right of Publicity, Litigating the Claims

Litigating the Claims Rick Kurnit: told the story of litigating the White case, in which the author of the panel opinion didn’t know what a letter-turner was. Had to go to trial with a jury, all of which regularly watched … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Right of Publicity panel, Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression

From Yale Law School’s Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression Commercial Speech and the First Amendment: Does the Right of Publicity Transcend Commercial Speech? Jennifer Rothman: Right of Publicity? Right of Privacy? Rothman gave a keynote summarizing highlights of her … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment