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



Sports Injuries Masked By Drug Use

by Anthony Caruso on August 8, 2014

Sports Injuries

Is it possible to sue a former employer for allegedly encouraging the usage of painkillers?  It appears so.  More than 500 former professional athletes recently filed a lawsuit accusing he National Football League of illegally encouraging players to take risky narcotics—all in the name of masking serious personal sports injuries. The NFL was accused of […]

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Sports Injuries Masked By Drug UseAnthony CarusoAugust 8, 2014



Internet Piracy & Aging Action Stars

by Anthony Caruso on August 6, 2014

Digital pirates

Internet piracy is a highly controversial part of the entertainment law world – a fact that isn’t helped by the fact that the rules seem to change almost as fast as the technology used to download films and music does. Just last week, a full, DVD-quality copy of The Expendables 3 hit the Internet almost […]

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Internet Piracy & Aging Action StarsAnthony CarusoAugust 6, 2014



Donald Sterling’s Latest Lawsuit

by Anthony Caruso on August 4, 2014

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling is at it again. This time, he has filed a suit in Superior Court, alleging that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and his wife Shelly Sterling defrauded him and violated corporate law when they attempted to sell the franchise to former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer. He has asked for a court injunction freezing […]

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Donald Sterling’s Latest LawsuitAnthony CarusoAugust 4, 2014



Seth MacFarlane Accused of Copyright Infringement

by Anthony Caruso on July 30, 2014

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Recently, I wrote an article about a questionable case of copyright infringement in the music industry. Dealing with copyright lawsuits in the music business can be tricky – it’s very difficult to prove that a baseline or a melody was stolen, given the likelihood of multiple people coming up with the same tune. A lawsuit […]

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Seth MacFarlane Accused of Copyright InfringementAnthony CarusoJuly 30, 2014



Celebrities & Their First Amendment Rights

by Anthony Caruso on July 28, 2014

First Amendment

The right to free speech is a key part of our nation’s foundation.  But what happens when that speech does not align with the personal views and opinions of the majority of the public?  More importantly, what happens when the person expressing those views is smack dab in the center of the public eye? Recently, […]

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Celebrities & Their First Amendment RightsAnthony CarusoJuly 28, 2014