Entertainment & Sports Law

1016 ABA Journal Entertainment & Sports Law articles.

Larry Bird mural with tattoos of mating bunnies and spider web brings objection from his lawyer

A street artist who decided to add tattoos to her depiction of Larry Bird has agreed to remove all but one of them after Bird’s lawyer expressed concern about damage…

Afternoon Briefs: Former judge pleads guilty to murder; parents sue over Sharpie haircut punishment

Former judge pleads guilty to murder of his ex-wife

Former Ohio judge Lance Mason pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser, in November. Mason had resigned his…

Afternoon Briefs: Rappers awarded $2.8M over Katy Perry song; lawyer killed outside courthouse by pickup truck

Federal jurors in Los Angeles have awarded $2.78 million to Christian rap artists in a copyright suit against Katy Perry and others. The suit claimed that a repetitive…

Bob Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’ is one of the most famous tales of wrongful conviction

I hate being on the road too early in the morning; sometimes it’s just you and a long stretch of highway until the sun rises. I’ve found the best way…

Lawyers, songs and money: Music that changed the law

Some songs or albums move the law. A band or artist will be involved in a lawsuit so groundbreaking and important that it will set a precedent, either enshrined in law or otherwise binding future generations.

Supreme Court will decide standard for proving racial bias in discrimination suit against Comcast

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether a black-owned media company has to show but-for causation in its Section 1981 discrimination suit against Comcast for failing to carry…

10 Questions: Magician-turned-lawyer helps make legal problems disappear

Jeffrey W. Cowan isn’t just a lawyer. He’s also a former professional magician. Today, his practice is built on business and employment trial law, but he also maintains a niche practice helping magicians and magic-related businesses make their legal problems disappear.

Former NFL players fail to move painkillers lawsuit forward

In the latest ruling regarding the NFL’s alleged “return-to-play” scheme, a federal judge held that retired players failed to prove that the league was responsible for handing out painkillers and…

Book chronicles how coach Pat Summitt supported teen’s Title IX quest to shoot baskets

In the 1970s, Tennessee was among about a half-dozen states that restricted the way high school girls could play basketball. Instead of playing “five-on-five” basketball, girls played on six-player teams…

US women’s soccer team files gender bias suit claiming unequal pay
Twenty-eight members of the U.S. women’s soccer team have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for alleged unequal pay and treatment.
In dueling suits, Kanye West alleges contract ‘servitude,’ while music publisher claims deal breach
Music publisher EMI has sued Kanye West for alleged breach of contract after the rapper filed his own suit referring to the expansive deal as “servitude” and asserting that it could bar his retirement.
At least 8 theaters drop ‘Mockingbird’ productions after producer of newer play threatens suit

Updated: At least eight theater companies throughout the United States have canceled productions of To Kill a Mockingbird because of litigation threats from the producer of a newer version of…

Former football players ran out of time to sue NFL, 9th Circuit says

Former NFL players who allege they were overmedicated and pressured to return to the field despite injuries that had not fully healed can’t sue the NFL for ending their careers…

Prominent 1970s musicians sue music companies for copyright infringement

A group of well-known 1970s musicians filed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits Tuesday, accusing Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc. of violating a provision of copyright…

Saints fans can’t force a missed-call do-over with a writ of mandamus, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Thursday that New Orleans Saints fans can’t use a writ of mandamus to compel NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate a missed call that might have…

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