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Recent news regarding complaints of sexual harassment by several former female employees of the now-called Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins) has reignited the conversation on workplace misconduct and the use of nondisclosure agreements. This incident has renewed discussions on the impact of nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of workplace discrimination and harassment claims, which have increased in the entertainment industry in recent years.
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By Stan Soocher
Battles over celebrities’ estates often end up in litigation, but a recent court ruling involving the estate of French oceanic explorer, environmentalist and documentary filmmaker Jacques Cousteau included a not-often-seen right of publicity consideration: how a U.S. court determines whether right-of-publicity protection in another nation is descendible.
By Heidi Reavis
This article examines the recent judicial dialogue concerning allocation of Weinstein settlement proceeds among Weinstein crime victims, Weinstein Company creditors and defense counsel who have defended the Weinstein corporate officers and directors, and the overall negative impact these various episodes of the Weinstein settlement story likely have on victims’ willingness to participate or come forward at all.
By Shaleen J. Patel and Mike Hobbs
Recent legal and procedural developments associated with the ubiquitous Instagram social media site have created significant practical and legal risks for both copyright owners and account holders that entertainment industry professionals should note.
By Michael A Mora
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of Netflix in finding that one of its shows didn’t infringe the copyright of a Colombian journalist who wrote a memoir about her affair with drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the rise of the Colombian drug trade.