Dershowitz’s Defamation Lawsuit Survives CNN’s Motion to Dismiss

Dershowitz’s Defamation Lawsuit Survives CNN’s Motion to Dismiss

By Steven T. Lowe / August 19, 2021

On May 25th, 2021, U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal of the Southern District of Florida held that Alan Dershowitz’s $300 million defamation suit against CNN could proceed. Dershowitz, a famous lawyer known for helping Trump and other far-right politicians, filed the $300 million defamation suit against CNN on September 15th, 2020. The complaint concerned CNN’s…

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Right-Wing News Network OAN Must Pay Attorney Fees to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC

By Steven T. Lowe / May 25, 2021

On or about February 5, 2021, right-wing news organization OAN was ordered to pay Defendants Rachel Maddow and MSNBC approximately $250,000 in attorney’s fees. In this case, OAN filed a defamation claim against Rachel Maddow and MSNBC after the news anchor stated on air that OAN “literally is paid Russian propaganda.” In response, the Defendants…

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The Inside Out of Character Copyrights

By Steven T. Lowe / May 20, 2020

On May 4, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied Plaintiff’s petition for rehearing and amended and superseded their March 16, 2020 decision in the case of Daniels v. Walt Disney Co., No. 18-55635, 2020 WL 2119396 (9th Cir. May 4, 2020). Denise Daniels claimed that her characters, The Moodsters, were infringed by…

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The Rights To Your Own Body

By Steven T. Lowe / May 6, 2020

On February 1, 2016, Solid Oak Sketches LLC filed a copyright lawsuit in Manhattan against 2K Games, Inc. and Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., the companies responsible for creating the NBA2K video game franchise, for allegedly infringing tattoo artists copyrights in the tattoos they tattooed on LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, and Kenyon Martin in versions 2K14, 2K15, and 2K16. On…

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Megan Thee Stallion Clears The Hurdle of Arbitration

By Steven T. Lowe / May 1, 2020

On April 13, 2020, Harris County District Judge Robert K. Schaffer in Houston ruled in favor of rapper Megan Thee Stallion in a dispute with her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment LLC (“1501”). In a one sentence order, Judge Schaffer denied the Defendants’ request to compel arbitration. Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, filed…

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The Aftershock of Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin: The “Dark Horse” case

By Steven T. Lowe / April 2, 2020

There is already an extremely slim chance that any copyright infringement case against the Hollywood power structure ever makes it to trial; even if this occurs and you miraculously win your case against the finest lawyers that the entertainment industry can buy, judges can and will exercise their right to overturn your hard-earned verdict. That…

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The Led Zeppelin Decision: A Mixed Bag

By Steven T. Lowe / March 12, 2020

The March 9, 2020 decision of the eleven Justices of the en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin is not all bad for creators. Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of the Estate of deceased songwriter, Randy Wolfe, a member of the rock band Spirit, sued Led Zeppelin in 2014, claiming the iconic song Stairway to…

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Paramount, BET hit with Copyright Infringement Suit

By Steven T. Lowe / November 6, 2019

On September 25, 2019, Screenwriter Joe Gregory Carlini filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Paramount and BET, claiming the Los Angeles-based studio and television network stole the plot from his 2014 screenplay “What The F Is He Thinking?” and used it in the film “What Men Want” starring Taraji Henson. According to Carlini,…

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Taylor Swift Can’t Shake Off the “Playas Gonna Play” Copyright Lawsuit

By Steven T. Lowe / October 31, 2019

On October 28, 2019, the Ninth Circuit of California reversed the dismissal of a copyright infringement lawsuit against Taylor Swift in connection with the song “Shake it off”. Swift and the songwriters of “Shake it off” were accused of copying the lyrics from the song “Players Gon’ Play” by girl group “3LW,” written by songwriters…

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Is it Worth Suing for Defamation?

By Steven T. Lowe / October 7, 2019

Defamation is a civil cause of action that creates a great amount of stir when a case is filed. Defamation occurs when a person: makes a false statement of fact about you or your business; the statement was published (made to a third party); the person who made the statement did so negligently, recklessly, or…

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