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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. Sports GCs find they need to prove themselves as trusted advisers for their teams, while recognizing the dangers of getting chummy with owners and front office execs. These GCs are also subject to more intense media scrutiny. And often they’re the only lawyer in the room, which can be tough, especially if the organization is suffering from a locker room mentality or otherwise toxic culture.
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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 ELF Staff
Notable court filings in entertainment law.