Jay Z’s Two Lines of Legal Defense

by Anthony Caruso on September 17, 2014

Legal Defense

It’s no secret that, when celebrities end up in court, the legal counsel they bring with them is the best of the best. The current lawsuit involving Jay Z and sound engineer Chauncey Mahan is no different. The case is anything but straightforward, but the heart of it is nothing new. Mahan alleges to have […]

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Jay Z’s Two Lines of Legal DefenseAnthony CarusoSeptember 17, 2014



The Money Behind The Movie

by Anthony Caruso on September 15, 2014

The Money Behind The Movie

Making movies is expensive, and for amateurs on all sides of the financing of a film, it is important that everything be conducted properly. An interesting case that I read about recently has dentist and investor Jordan Cooper alleging conversion, misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, violations of the Arkansas Security Act […]

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The Money Behind The MovieAnthony CarusoSeptember 15, 2014



Fair Use In The Digital Age

by Anthony Caruso on September 10, 2014

Digital Age

In my last post, Lovelace vs. Deepthroat: Defining fair use, I delved into an explanation of fair use statutes, discussed the four factors that judges and juries use to determine fair use and considered a recent case that provided a clear cut example of fair use. Now, I would like to discuss a more complicated […]

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Fair Use In The Digital AgeAnthony CarusoSeptember 10, 2014



Lovelace vs Deep Throat: Defining Fair Use

by Anthony Caruso on September 8, 2014

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I came across a particularly interesting case today involving the makers of the films “Lovelace” and “Deep Throat.” Not only did this case require an octogenarian U.S. federal judge to sit through over a full hour of pornography, it also served to illustrate some of the finer points of fair use law. I’ll share it […]

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Lovelace vs Deep Throat: Defining Fair UseAnthony CarusoSeptember 8, 2014



NCAA Falling Foul of Antitrust Laws

by Anthony Caruso on September 3, 2014

Antitrust Laws

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, has been the subject of criticism recently regarding its stance toward compensation for the athletes. The organization imposes several rules on the athletes that effectively bar them from receiving compensation of any kind, other than scholarships and the cost of attending the school. While these rules would ordinarily […]

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NCAA Falling Foul of Antitrust LawsAnthony CarusoSeptember 3, 2014



Trademark Law And Duke vs. The Duke

by Anthony Caruso on August 25, 2014

Trademark Law

Trademark law can be a tricky business. Laws pertaining to these marks need to be broad enough to cover situations in which a company or individual is attempting to ‘piggyback’ off the success of a brand via trademark infringement, while remaining unobtrusive enough to prevent brands from exploiting the law to discourage competition. A case […]

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Trademark Law And Duke vs. The DukeAnthony CarusoAugust 25, 2014



Extreme Sports & Extreme Liability

by Anthony Caruso on August 20, 2014

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Grueling exercise programs and obstacle course races have become all the rage in today’s society, but what about the extreme liability that comes along with it?  Workouts such as CrossFit and obstacle races like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash—both of which feature rope-climbing and other military-style training elements—have been deemed the workouts of the new […]

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Extreme Sports & Extreme LiabilityAnthony CarusoAugust 20, 2014



John Travolta Fails To SLAPP His Ex-Pilot

by Anthony Caruso on August 18, 2014

John Travolta

I came across a particularly juicy lawsuit the other day involving John Travolta, his former pilot and an alleged affair between the two. Despite the sensational nature of this possibility, the juicy part actually lies in Travolta’s representation’s creative use of California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Legal terminology Before we begin discussing the case, we should get a few of […]

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John Travolta Fails To SLAPP His Ex-PilotAnthony CarusoAugust 18, 2014



NeYo vs. Foster: A Lesson in Trust

by Anthony Caruso on August 15, 2014

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I came across a case recently that should serve as an object lesson in knowing who to trust with your money. R&B singer NeYo sued his former business manager in Federal Court recently, alleging the theft of $8 million. The Grammy-winning musician, who’s real name is Shaffer Smith, claims that he allowed former manager and […]

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NeYo vs. Foster: A Lesson in TrustAnthony CarusoAugust 15, 2014



Katt Williams vs. His Employees

by Anthony Caruso on August 12, 2014

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Katt Williams was in the news for a legal dispute for the second time this month, this time for a dispute between him and five men who claim that he owes them a total of more than $125,000. Katt Williams has a history of involvement in strange and sometimes violent lawsuits. Earlier this month, Williams’ […]

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Katt Williams vs. His EmployeesAnthony CarusoAugust 12, 2014