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The Observer Scores One for the First Amendment
By Ken Kurson | 05/19/14 10:34am
An important legal victory in support of a free press occurred in a Manhattan court on Thursday, made all the more delicious because the victor was the New York Observer.
Here’s what happened.
On December 11, 2012, the New York Post ran a story...Read More
The public seems to revel at the first hint of a wholesome star-type beginning to go supernova. It means column inches for the journos, renewed copyright opportunities for the paps, repetitive strain injury for the bloggers, declarations of undying love from diehard fans and blunt tweets from Seth Rogen.
The story is trite and hackneyed but like Hollywood, the tried and tested formulas not...Read More
“Pink, it’s my new obsession” sang Steve Tyler and also it seems it is for Victoria’s Secret. So blinded is Lesley Wexner’s VS with desire to own the mark “Pink” that they have forgotten the spanking Thomas Pink doled out last year in Ohio.
This battle has genuinely conflicted me, as a British lawyer, working in the States with a number of clients in...Read More
Over the last few years the dissipation of a person’s image has not only become ubiquitous but it has been embraced by many. The impact on privacy or publicity rights of the Instagram culture will be discussed in a series of articles over the course of the year, which will analyze the law as it currently stands in different jurisdictions to see if the legislatures are lagging behind.
For one of the first times in my life Beyoncé Knowles has shocked me. It has nothing to do with philosophical conundrums over how bootylicious she might or might not be or why her “Put A Ring On It” video gives me nightmares. She has revealed something new to me, something that I have not heard before and it is not buried in the dolphinesque melodies of one of her tracks but front...Read More
As one who firmly believes in the rights of all to espouse their views, the rights of others to ignore crazies and the obligation of everyone to be funny, I am slightly bemused about the public backlash over Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ.
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“Oh no Mr. Garson, that’s the English model!” Exclaims the judge, appalled at my suggestion that the losing party ought pay the legal fees and costs of my winning client. At that point, the ugly reality dawned that for many Americans, suing on baseless claims has only upside, defending spurious suits is not incentivized and the system is geared towards cost-benefit...Read More
News broke this morning that Rabbis Mendel Epstein and Martin Wolmark had been arrested following an FBI sting operation. It is alleged that they have been coercing Jewish divorces from recalcitrant husbands through the medium of violence for a fee.
This is one of those thorny issues that tears at the moral fabric of Judaism and brings into sharp focus the tension between modernity, rabbinic...Read More
England’s Football Association has decreed that those who chant the word “Yid” in any context are at risk of prosecution as the word is “derogatory and offensive,” “inappropriate in a football setting” and “is likely to be considered offensive by the reasonable observer”. As a result, “Use of the term in a public setting could amount to a criminal offence, and leave those fans liable to...Read More
Michael Steinmetz in Federal Court win on the basis Statute of Frauds.
Breach Action Dismissed; Oral Agreements Subject to Statute of Frauds, Unenforceable; U.S. – EDNY | CONTRACTS New York Law Journal July 10, 2013 Wednesday