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Tensions erupted both on and off the set of a Newsmax TV segment when MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell bolstered his claim of a rigged presidential election with accusations directed at the integrity of Dominion Voting Systems. Lindell’s allegations not only caused an anchor to storm off set, but also highlighted the potential consequences of Lindell’s words for both himself and Newsmax. What’s clear from Dominion’s public threat of legal action followed by swiftly filing suit against Lindell for $1.3 billion is that defamation cases are no longer privately litigated offscreen. US Dominion Inc. v. My Pillow Inc., 1:21-cv-00445 (D.D.C.) Instead, social media and the 24-hour news cycle provide a multitude of platforms for critical voices, and companies no longer risk complacency in response to the publication of potentially false information.
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By Stan Soocher
State “anti-SLAPP” statutes offer a fertile avenue for motions to strike allegations in lawsuits filed over expressive content. These laws are aimed at allowing a defendant to file a motion to strike a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” such as those based on public comments and content issued by a defendant. The most-recent significant anti-SLAPP court decision involving the entertainment industry was issued in December 2021 by the California Court of Appeal.
By Richard Assmus, Matthew Wargin, Monique Mulcare and Danielle Corn
This article seeks to explain the scope of §365(n), then touches upon steps that intellectual property licensees can take to minimize the loss of the use of their licenses, such as those involving copyrights in entertainment content, in the event a licensor files for bankruptcy.
By Scott Graham
The Miramax film and tv studio, and its lawyers at Proskauer Rose, shook up both the IP and blockchain communities recently when Miramax sued to block film director Quentin Tarantino from selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of memorabilia from his 1994 blockbuster movie Pulp Fiction.
By Phillip Bantz
Being a general counsel for a professional sports team is a coveted gig, but it’s also a job with unique challenges, potential ethical minefields and scandals lurking around the front office, field, stadium and elsewhere.