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Blaze’s Guitar Lawsuit Goes Up In Flames

In the spring of 2017, Buddy “Blaze” Webster (“Blaze”), a well-known guitar designer, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dean Guitars (“Dean”); the estate of legendary guitarist Darrell Abbott (“Abbott”), also known as Dim…

TCPA Case Against Yelp Moves Forward

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied Yelp’s motion for summary judgment, which sought to defeat a proposed class action lawsuit against the online business locator and review website for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“…
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The Inevitable Lawsuit: Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac

In April 2018, when word spread that Lindsey Buckingham was fired by Fleetwood Mac, many speculated that it was only a matter of time before he filed a lawsuit.  Earlier this month, Buckingham did just that, and sued his former band members for brea…

Filmchella And Coachella, Is There Confusion?

Coachella, established in 1999, is one of the biggest and most well-known music and arts festivals in the world.   Every year, hundreds of thousands of music fans from all over the globe travel to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for the f…

Handshake Deals In Business

Handshake Deals and Gentlemen’s Agreements are essentially oral contracts, verbal agreements between parties to perform transactions.  While generally not considered to be in the best interests of parties who enter into such agreements, Handshake…

Attacks On Advertising Texting

Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), telemarketing communications to cell phones are restricted, requiring written consent prior to sending text messages to consumers.   Not surprisingly, there has been a rise of lawsuits again…
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Cox And Music Pirating

It is a nearly two-decade-old tale; record labels, publishers and other music intellectual property owners fight file-sharing of copyrighted music.  Typically it has been peer-to-peer (“P2P”) services and the people who use the P2P services that…

NBA Makes A Deal With MGM

The National Basketball Association (“NBA”) has reached a deal with MGM Resorts International (“MGM”) to create a partnership for legal sports betting and wagering.  The partnership comes on the heels of this year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruli…
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Beats Founders Take A Beating In Royalty Lawsuit

Beats Electronics LLC (“Beats”), founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rap icon Dr. Dre, was sued by ex-partner Steven Lamer in 2014 for unpaid royalties on Beats products that were based on prototypes he developed.  This lawsuit followed a se…

Interesting Twist In A Robocall Case

Anyone with a telephone or cell phone likely has received a robocall.  A robocall consists of a call that is initiated by a party using a recorded message instead of a live person.  These calls can be quite a nuisance, not only due to the excessive…
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