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Vanity Plate Case Headed to New Hampshire Supreme Court

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Apparently in New Hampshire, you can Live Free or Die — except when it comes to your car’s license plate. When Dover resident David Montenegro’s request for the personalized license plate “COPSLIE” was summarily denied by the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, he appealed to the division’s director and the state commissioner of safety. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet Case Heard by Third Circuit

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What could be so controversial about breast cancer awareness bracelets that warrants a lawsuit about them? In Pennsylvania’s Easton Middle School, two girls wore such bracelets from the Keep a Breast Foundation, which said, “I ♥ Boobies,” and school administrators banned the bracelets and suspended the students. A federal district court ruled that the school […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am

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Will Identity of Anonymous Law School Scamblogger Be Revealed?

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The Michigan Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the identity of an anonymous blogger who has criticized the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law should be revealed. The blogger is a former student of the school; Cooley Law School sued him for defamation when he and some commenters on his site […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 12th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

ABC Seeks Dismissal of ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

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ABC News is seeking dismissal of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against it over its stories involving a meat processor’s “pink slime.” Beef Products. Inc. (BFI), based in South Dakota, is suing ABC News Inc. along with news anchors and correspondents who took part in the reporting about “pink slime,” which Beef Products claims was […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 1st, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Monroe’s Estate Denied Publicity Rights

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A federal appeals court has ruled that Marilyn Monroe’s estate gave up its publicity rights by claiming Monroe was a resident of New York to avoid California taxes, and therefore cannot now stop two companies from selling images of the iconic actress. The estate sued Milton H. Green Archives and Tom Kelley Studios in 2005 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am

Gay Couple Sues Conservative Group Over Use of Their Kissing Photo

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An anti-gay group has allegedly misappropriated a gay couple’s engagement photograph for its political mailers, according to a new lawsuit. The couple, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is suing Public Advocate of the United States in federal court and seeks damages for the misappropriation of their likenesses and for mental distress and anguish […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 29th, 2012 at 8:48 am

Joe “Girls Gone Wild” Francis Ordered to Pay $40 Million for Slander

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“Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis has been ordered to pay $40 million for slandering casino owner Steve Wynn. A jury found Francis liable for claiming in a television interview that Wynn had threatened to kill him over a gambling debt; the jury award includes $20 million in actual damages and $20 million in punitive […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 18th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

NBA Owner Sues Blogger Over “Unflattering” Photo

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Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz didn’t like a photo of him that has been published, so he’s suing the blogger that put it online as well as Google alleging copyright infringement. The complaint maintains that Katz first pursued a remedy via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (twice), requesting that Google remove the “unflattering” […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

EFF Will Represent The Oatmeal Founder

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Here’s a quick update on last week’s post about the ongoing legal kerfuffle between The Oatmeal and Funnyjunk, which has morphed into a lawsuit by Funnyjunk’s lawyer on his own behalf against The Oatmeal creator Matt Inman: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)  has announced that it will represent Inman in the “bizarre lawsuit targeting the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 26th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Students Told to Delete Facebook Accounts or Face Expulsion

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Officials at Beis Rivkah High School, an all-girls Jewish Orthodox school in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, NY, don’t want their students on Facebook, and they’re ready to expel anyone who doesn’t delete her account. CrownHeights.info, a Crown Heights community website,  reported that an anonymous school official commented that “the purpose of the crackdown was to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 28th, 2012 at 12:16 pm