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Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation

Cease-and-Desist Letters Played Key Roles In Judges’ Entertainment Industry Rulings

This article examines two recent entertainment-industry cases that illustrate how judges have decided cease-and-desist letters issues.

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The primary goal of a lawyer who sends a cease-and-desist letter typically is to warn the recipient to stop engaging in activities the sender claims violate the lawyer’s clients’ rights or, failing to cease, be served with a lawsuit. If litigation occurs, cease-and-desist letters can play a significant role in the lawsuit proceeding, from whether there is an “actual case or controversy” to whether the court has personal jurisdiction over the parties.

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