|May 14, 2013||Producer Fires Back In ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Rights Dispute|
Deadline.com published an article on the copyright and trademark infringement complaint filed by Hasbro. The article discusses Sweetpea Entertainment's future moves in the suit. Jeremy Goldman and Maura Wogan are mentioned as the attorneys representing Hasbro in this case.
|May 14, 2013||Hasbro Sues to Stop Warner Bros. 'Dungeons and Dragons' Film|
The case arises from defendants’ unauthorized production of a film based on Dungeons & Dragons copyrights and trademarks which are owned by Hasbro. Maura Wogan is mentioned as the lead counsel representing Hasbro in the case.
|May 10, 2013||Judges May 'Friend' Lawyers, Witnesses, ABA Says|
Nicole Hyland was quoted in an article discussing the judicious use of electronic social media.
|May 6, 2013||Oakley Challenges Nike|
Christopher Chase was quoted in a Sports Business Journal article on right of first refusal language in sports endorsement contracts.
|May 6, 2013||Battle of the (Supreme) sexes|
Edward Rosenthal was mentioned as the Trademark lawyer for Leah McSweeney, owner of Married to Mob.
|May 6, 2013||Oakley challenges Nike|
Christopher Chase was quoted with regards to the right of first refusal for sponsorship deals.
|May 2, 2013||Supreme Bitch Case -- Frankfurt Kurnit Defends Leah McSweeney|
Ms. McSweeney is the founder of the pioneering women’s street wear brand Married to the Mob and creator of the "Supreme Bitch" legend that appears on popular street wear. A company called Chapter 4 Corp., which manufactures “boys’ club” skateboard street wear, has brought baseless trademark claims against our clients. We are vigorously defending the suit. Read our client's statement (and our Answer and Counterclaims) here.
|April 26, 2013||Social media no-no has restaurant doing major damage control|
Edward Rosenthal was quoted in Delware Online with regards to a social media snafu at Padi restaurant.
|April 15, 2013||So You Want to Self-Regulate? The National Advertising Division As Standard Bearer|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted in the ABA's Antitrust Journal article regarding the NAD's decisions as an important source of guidance for advertisers.
|April 12, 2013||DreamWorks, Participant Board Catholic Sex Scandal Project|
Variety listed Andrew Hurwitz as representation for director Tom
McCarthy in an article referencing his latest directorial project,
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media's drama about the Boston Globe
exposé on the cover-up of the Catholic priest scandal.
|April 10, 2013||Ex-Partner Seeks $600,000 From Thompson Wigdor|
The New York Law journal speaks to a former Thompson Wigdor partner suing the firm for $600,000. Ronald Minkoff is noted as the firm's attorney.
|April 8, 2013||FTC: In Making Disclosures, Size Doesn’t Matter|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted by Response Magazine with regards to the updated Dot-com Disclosure Guides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released last week.
|April 8, 2013||Frankfurt Kurnit Named One of the Hottest Midsize Law Firms in 2013|
The National Law Journal included Frankfurt Kurnit in its coveted Midsize Hot List as one of the nation’s top midsize law firms. The list showcases 20 of the nation's top midsize law firms based on business strategies, clients, and firm success.
|April 7, 2013||Young & Rubicam Refuses to Let Carter Murray Out of His Contract|
AdWeek quoted Rick Kurnit in an article discussing best practice with regards to notice periods.
|April 4, 2013||DreamWorks, Participant Pick Up Church Sex Abuse Scandal Film (Exclusive)|
Andrew Hurwitz was mentioned by the Hollywood Reporter with regards to Tom McCarthy's latest directorial efforts.
|March 22, 2013||The Right of Publicity|
Edward H. Rosenthal has published an article on the "Right of Publicity" in the NYSBA Entertainment, Arts, and Sport Law Journal.
|March 12, 2013||FTC Updates Truth-In-Advertising Disclosures|
Jeffrey Greenbaum speaks to the need for advertisers to review their Web sites on a
mobile device to make sure that everything functions properly in Media Post's Online Media Daily.
|March 11, 2013||Marketers Wait in Vain for Feds to Act on Regulation|
Terri Seligman was quoted by Advertising Age regarding regulation by the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission.
|March 5, 2013||Why Jewel V. Boxer is Wrong|
Caren Decter and Ronald Minkoff's article on the impact of the Jewel v. Boxer decision was published by the American Bar Association.
|March 1, 2013||Social Media Security|
Nicole Hyland's article on the Ethics of Social Media Use was featured in the The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Attorney Newsletter.
|February 25, 2013||Silicon Alley’s ‘no’ Men|
Jerrold Spiegel was quoted in Crain's Digital Report regarding venture capital funding, and the difficult decision to say 'no'.
|February 19, 2013||Entertainment Client News|
IM Global genre division Octane has come aboard to fully finance Andrew Lau‘s mean streets thriller Revenge Of The Green Dragons. Lau directed the original Hong Kong trilogy Infernal Affairs upon which Martin Scorsese‘s Oscar-winning The Departed was based. Deadline picked this up and highlighted Iddo Arad
as representation for Bain and Scolaro.
|February 14, 2013||Entertainment Client News|
Octane, IM Global's genre label, will fully finance Hong Kong director Andrew Lau's "Revenge of the Green Dragons," which is gearing up to start production this April. Andrew Loo co-directs. Variety picked this up and mentioned Iddo Arad
for negotiating the deal.
|February 1, 2013||Media Entities Struggle With Court Interpretation of Twitter’s Terms of Service and What Services Getty Provides|
Toby Butterfield and Anna Kadyshevich published an article on Agence France Presse v. Morel in MLRC's Media Law Letter.
|January 14, 2013||Marketers Should Pay Extra Attention to Morals Clauses|
Christopher R. Chase published an article on celebrity endorsements and morals clauses in Advertising Age Magazine.
|January 11, 2013||Mother Knows Best: 9 Successful Women Reveal The Best Career Advice They Got From Mom|
Lisa E. Davis was featured in an article in Madam Noire asking nine successful women for the best career advice their mothers gave them.
Terri Seligman was quoted by Bloomberg BNA on the direction cyber law policy might take in 2013.
|December 19, 2012||FTC Bans Behavioral Targeting at Kids' Sites |
Gregory Boyd was quoted in a Online Media Daily article discussing recent FTC laws that ban the use of behavioral targeting techniques on sites directed to young children.
|December 2, 2012||Frankfurt Kurnit in Crain's New York Business|
Frankfurt Kurnit was ranked No. 24 in Crain's Best Places to Work 2012 list.
|November 13, 2012||FTC Cracks Down on Deceptive Advertising|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted in "Putting Brands in Their Place", a ADWeek article discussing the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on deceptive practices in advertising.
|November 12, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
The New York Post quotes Richard Hofstetter discussing a dispute between his client, Anthony Bourdain, and the Travel Channel regarding recent develpments in the hit show "No Reservations."
|November 4, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Freestyle Releasing has acquired North American rights for sketch-comedy movie "Inappropriate Comedy." Variety picked this up and mentioned Andrew Hurwitz and Alan Sacks for negotiating the deal.
|October 1, 2012||FTC Issues Final Version of Green Guides|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted in Advertising Age with regards to the revised FTC Green Marketing Guides.
|September 29, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Magnolia pictures acquired the rights to Terrence Malick’s new film “To the Wonder”. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up and mentioned our firm’s involvement.
|September 19, 2012||Google Nexus 7 Ads Spark Trademark Lawsuit|
Online Media Daily quoted Rick Kurnit in a discussion about the recent lawsuit filed by Market Street Press against Google for trademark infringement and unfair competition for using the phrase “the playground is open” in ads for the new Nexus 7 tablet.
|September 17, 2012||AdWeek|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in an Adweek article with regards to the hiring of the new Acer CMO.
|September 12, 2012||Bloomberg BNA|
Ronald Minkoff was quoted in Bloomberg BNA Lawyer’s Manual on Professional Conduct on the topic of unfinished hourly fee matters of dissolved law firms.
|September 10, 2012||My Face Or Yours? Exploring The Reality of Facial Recognition Tech| Michael Schiffer
published an article in Online Media Daily speaking to the evolving technology of facial recognition software and how much it can be used before upsetting consumers and regulators.
|August 21, 2012||Settlement in Lee Case|
The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported on the settlement between our client Nathan Lee and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Patrick Boyle was mentioned as the attorney representing Nathan Lee and his family.
|August 21, 2012||National Law Journal|
S. Gregory Boyd was announced as Frankfurt Kurnit’s newest partner and chairman of the interactive entertainment group by the New York Law Journal.
|August 10, 2012|| Google Agrees To $22.5 Mil Fine For Tracking Safari Users|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted in Media Post News regarding allegations that Google developed a workaround to Safari's no-tracking settings.
|August 8, 2012||Trust and Estates News |
Joseph Mahon published an article in Estate Planning Magazine explaining how spousal access trusts can help families take advantage of soon-to-expire estate and gift tax exemptions -- without losing control of their property.
|July 27, 2012||Trust and Estates News|
Joseph Mahon published "The Value of Unsalable Art". The article is featured on WealthManagement.com and speaks to peculiar valuation positions on artwork that cannot be legally sold.
|June 29, 2012||Dodging Discipline|
Ronald Minkoff was quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune with regards to the closing of the loophole that previously allowed attorneys to resign and practice elsewhere.
|June 13, 2012||Trusts and Estates News|
Joseph Mahon published "Playing Ball With Survivor Benefits," a blog post discussing survivor claims made after major league pitcher Jose Lima’s death. The article was featured on WealthManagement.com.
|June 12, 2012||AICP Honors the Best in Commercial Advertising|
Our firm sponsored the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Awards Show at the Museum of Modern Art. SHOOT Online picked this up and mentioned our firm's involvement. For more information on the event, click here.
|June 8, 2012||California Court Finds California Resale Royalties Act Unconstitutional|
Caren Lerner's article in Entertaintment Law Matters, a Frankfurt Kurnit blog, was featured on ipfrontline.com. The article discussed how the California Resale Royalties act violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
|June 8, 2012||California Court Finds California Resale Royalties Act Unconstitutional|
Caren Decter's blog post regarding the dormant Commerce Clause and how applies to the California Resale Royalties Act was publised on iP Frontline.
|June 6, 2012||Professional Conduct and Dissolved Law Firms|
Ronald Minkoff was featured by the ABA's Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct and Bloomberg BNA in an article discussing the duty to pay back profits earned on hourly-fee cases in dissolved law firms. In the same issue, Ronald Minkoff also explains the dos and don'ts lawyers should follow when moving from firm to firm.
|May 29, 2012||New Regulatory Oversight on Photo Retouching|
Terri Seligman was featured in Adweek disucssing the investigation brought by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau against photo retouching in print advertisements. To read more click here.
|May 25, 2012||Pom Tests Limits of FTC Power with Ad Campaign|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was quoted in The Washington Post on the rulings in the case against POM's aggressive ad campaign. The article discusses the limits to the FTC's power over deceptive health claims in advertising.
|May 22, 2012||Frankfurt Kurnit Hosts Panel on Big Data|
We hosted “Data Wars: The Future of Personal Information and Advertising” with Gotham Media Ventures. Social Media Insider reported on the event and mentioned Terri Seligman and our firm. To learn more about the top ten principles of big data, click here.
|May 18, 2012||Oral Arguement in the Book Digitization Case|
New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann praised our firm's strategy and Edward Rosenthal's arguement in the Author's Guild v. Hathitrust case in his blog, The Laboratorium. To read his insightful commentary on the pleadings, click here.
|May 16, 2012||Skechers Settles Deceptive Ad Case with FTC for $40M|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was featured in Adweek discussing the Skechers settlement and how it will impact the way the advertising industry handles ads that make deceptive health and fitness claims.
|May 2, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
After her acclaimed directoral debut in "Paraiah", our client Dee Rees signed a deal with producer Mike Lobell to direct the indie romance "This Man, This Woman". The Daily Variety picked this up and mentioned our firm and Victoria Cook.
|May 2, 2012||Are Ads with Digitally-Altered Photos Deceptive?|
Michael Schiffer was featured in the GALA Gazette discussing the use of digital alterations in advertising and how they may be subject to FTC regulations on unfair and deceptive practices.
|May 1, 2012||Can Lawyers Participate in Daily-Deal Websites?|
Ronald Minkoff was featured an ABA Journal article explaining the ethics issues that can arise if lawyers offer Groupon-style discounted legal services.
|April 30, 2012||How Job Contracts Can Jeopardize Your Next Gig|
Rick Kurnit was featured in Ad Age discussing the potential danger of noncompete provisions in employment contracts and how they can get in the way of new jobs in the advertising world.
|April 16, 2012||Students Screen Original Documentaries|
Harvard students showcased five short documentary films at the Harvard Doc Festival 2012. The Harvard Crimson mentions Frankfurt Kurnit's sponsorship of the event. A link to the trailer can be found here.
|March 29, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Our client Mark Grayson, founder of Rocket 21, was featured in the Connecticut Department of Children and Families' website.
|March 29, 2012||To Disclose or Not to Disclose|
Ronald Minkoff is featured in Reuters Legal talking about difficulties of finding an impartial juror and the juror's obligation to disclose certain connections.
|March 29, 2012||Author's Guild v. Hathitrust|
Law.com discusses the Author's Guild case in their "Corporate Counsel" section. They mention our firm's involvement here.
|March 28, 2012||Rockyou agrees to $250K Fine to Settle COPPA Charges|
Jeffrey Greenbaum is mentioned in a MediaPost.com article on the RockYou case. He explains the challenges of complying with FTC regulation in business plans involving children, social networking and privacy.
|March 12, 2012||New Privacy Measures Announced By The White House And The California Department Of Justice |
Glen Westerback was featured by Mondaq.com discussing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and its impact on the federal and state level.
|March 9, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, Mary-Louise Parker, will star in Jamesy Boy, an indie prison drama toplined by newcomer Spencer Lofranco. Trevor White is directing and wrote the script with Lane Shadgett. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up and mentioned our firm's involvement.
|March 8, 2012||Wilson v. City of Jersey City Decision|
Patrick J. Boyle is mentioned in "Featured Decisions" on Leagle.com arguing the cause for respondents in Wilson v. City of Jersey City. The decision questions the scope of the 911 immunity statute.
|March 5, 2012||Michael Schiffer in the Spotlight|
Michael Schiffer has recently been featured on the New York City Bar's web site under their Career Development/Spotlight section here.
|March 5, 2012||Andrew Hurwitz in Crain's New York Business|
Crain's New York Business features Andrew Hurwitz in "Executive Moves" as partner at Frankfurt in the entertainment group. To read this press release, click here.
|March 1, 2012||FTC Concludes Investigation of Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. |
Jeffrey Greenbaum, Shelly Paioff and Terri Seligman are featured in the GALA Gazette, discussing the FTC investigation concerning environmental marketing claims made in cat litter advertising and its implications in a market with a greater focus on “green” or environmentally conscious products.
|February 23, 2012||$3 Million Sanction Exceeded Arbitrator's Authority, Panel Says|
A state appeals panel has rejected an arbitrator's $3 million sanction against oil tycoon Jack Grynberg in a decade-long dispute with BP and Statoil, ruling that the arbitrator exceeded his authority in sanctioning Mr. Grynberg for filing a series of lawsuits in bad faith. Ron Minkoff, who represented Mr. Gynberg, was quoted on this matter in The New York Law Journal.
|February 23, 2012||Entertainment Client News: Bradley Whitford|
Our client, Bradley Whitford, formerly of The West Wing, is set to star in Fox's spy drama series, The Asset, where he will play a station chief opposite Ali Larter's CIA field operative character. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up and mentioned our firm.
|February 21, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Sundance Selects announced that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Alison Klayman’s "AI Wei Wei: Never Sorry" AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, which was screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Victoria Cook negotiated the deal for the filmmakers and Untied Expression Media. The New York Times, The Wrap, and Reuters picked this up here, here and here.
|February 17, 2012||Social Media Week: How Advertising Self-Regulation Benefits Social Media and Marketing|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was featured on Electronic Retailing Self Regulation Program’s blog page. He was part of a Social Media Week panel discussion hosted by ESRP on how to incorporate social platforms into advertising campaigns and marketing strategies.
|February 15, 2012||Is Using Social Media an Outlet for Customer Testimonial Legal? |
Jeffrey Greenbaum featured in Electronic Retailer discussing the challenges regulatory agencies face in dealing with the growing use of social media in advertising campaigns. Is it misleading for marketers to use social media’s unlimited advertising potential to sell products through their own customers?
|February 10, 2012||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, John Goodman, has signed on to co-star in Downwardly Mobile, an NBC comedy pilot, alongside his former co-star Roseann Barr. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety picked up this story and mentioned our firm.
|February 8, 2012||Are Ads with Digitally-Altered Photos Deceptive?|
Michael Schiffer discusses in Electronic Retailer's Magazine how a photoshopped ad can turn into a regulatory issue for ad agencies and their brands.
|January 20, 2012||Amanda Seyfried in Les Miserables|
Our cilent, Amanda Seyfried is in final negotiations to play Cosette in Universal Pictures and Working Title's Les Miserables, alongside Hugh Jackman, Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up and mentioned our firm.
|December 21, 2011||FTC Closes Hyundai Probe, Broadens View of Endorsement|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was featured in a MediaPost article discussing Federal Trade Commission's investigation into Hyundai's promotional strategy to provide their bloggers with gift certificates in exchange for linking Hyundai's ads.
|December 13, 2011||Michael Frankfurt Featured in NY's Daily News|
Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of The Armory Foundation atThe New Balance Track & Field Center, has credited in part the foundation's glowing success to our very own Michael Frankfurt. This article was featured in New York's Daily News.
|November 4, 2011||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, Bradley Whitford, has joined the cast of Decoding Annie Parker, an indie film starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton. The Hollywood Reporter picked this story up and mentioned our firm.
|November 1, 2011||Ron Minkoff in New York Law Journal|
Ron wrote an article entitled “Returning the Client's File: A Practical Guide” which was published in the November 1st issue of The New York Law Journal.
|September 29, 2011||Reebok's $25M Settlement Signals New Day at FTC|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was featured in an AdWeek article on the residual effects of the FTC's recent $25 million settlement with Rebook for deceptive ad practices.
|September 23, 2011||HBO Picks up Aaron Sorkin Pilot |
HBO has picked up Aaron Sorkin's hour-long cable news network pilot. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up and mentioned our firm.
|September 21, 2011||Weinstein Co. Acquires Rights to Sean Penn Film|
The Weinstein Co. announced today that it acquired North American distribution rights for the film, "This Must Be the Place", which stars Sean Penn. Iddo Arad was involved in the negotiation deal for The Weinstein Co. This news was picked up by The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety here, here, and here, where they mention Iddo and our firm.
|September 16, 2011||FTC: Don't Track Kids Without Parents' Consent |
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was featured in a MediaPost article discussing FTC's new proposal which prohibits companies from using behavioral targeting techniques on children under 13 without their parents' permission.
|September 7, 2011||Chelsea Rental Tower Fetches $138m in Off-market Deal|
In an off market deal by Eastern Consolidated that closed in less than 60 days, 120 West 21st Street, aka 21 Chelsea, was sold by the Caiola family, of B and L Management, and Steve Rosenthal, of JR Equities. Real Estate Weekly mentioned this and noted Jerry Strelov as the attorney for the sellers.
|September 1, 2011||Ron Minkoff to Participate in New York County Lawyers Association Seminar|
Ron Minkoff will be a featured panelist at the ew York County Lawyers Association's "Alternative Litigation Financing: A New Way to Help Pay for Lawsuits and Stay Out of Trouble While Doing It" seminar on Wednesday, September 14. The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel mentioned this event and Ron.
|August 26, 2011||Litigation Success|
A New York federal magistrate judge recently affirmed her recommendation of a $2 million attorneys' fee award in a contract and fraud multidistrict litigation over canceled airplane tickets between the U.S. and Nigeria, after a Second Circuit remand. Law360.com featured this decision and listed Patrick Boyle, who represented Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP in this case, as counsel.
|August 25, 2011||Frankfurt Kurnit Adds New IP Litigation Partner|
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC has added Toby Butterfield as a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. Mr. Butterfield formally joined the firm on August 19, 2011. New York Law Journal, Intellectual Property Today, IP Frontline Magazine and Law360 mentioned this news.
|August 22, 2011||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, Mary-Louise Parker, is in negotiations to round out the cast of Universal's "R.I.P.D." Variety picked this story up and mentioned our firm.
|August 19, 2011||Litigation Success|
Last week, Judge Sullivan (SDNY) dismissed copyright claims against our clients Christopher Perez and the Ratio 3 Gallery in San Francisco. The photographer Janine Gordon claimed photographer Ryan McGinley’s work infringed – and named our clients, the gallery and owner that displayed McGinley’s work, a contributory infringer. After reviewing some of the photos at issue side by side, the Judge concluded that 'The dictates of good eyes and common sense lead inexorably to the conclusion that there is no substantial similarity between Plaintiff's works and the allegedly infringing compositions of McGinley." Artnet Magazine covered the decision here.
|August 16, 2011||Rick Kurnit on CBS Early Show|
Rick Kurnit was featured on the CBS Early Show on Tuesday, August 16 on Oscar Mayer vs. Ball Park franks false advertising claim legal battle. You can catch Rick at the 1:50 mark here.
|August 10, 2011||Dentsu Hits up Canon's Publishing Partners for U.S. Open Tickets|
Rick Kurnit was featured in an Ad Age blog post on the legal issues involved with an advertising executive solicits gifts from their media outlet beneficiaries.
|August 3, 2011||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, Dee Rees, who debuted her film Pariah at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has signed with WME Entertainment and is now writing an original thriller for Focus Features. The Hollywood Reporter picked this up, and mentioned our firm and Victoria Cook.
|July 28, 2011||Lisa E. Davis Receives 2011 Women of Power Award|
Lisa E. Davis was selected to receive the 2011 Women of Power Award at the National Urban League conference held from July 27 – July 30 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The New York Law Journal picked this up here.
|July 25, 2011||Bank, ad agency accused of using Black Keys' hit song without permission|
Nonesuch Records, Inc. has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Valley National Bancorp and its New York City advertising agency, alleging they used The Black Keys' hit single "Tighten Up" in television commercials without permission. Frankfurt Kurnit represents the bank and the ad agency. NorthJersey.com covered the story and mentioned our firm's involvement here.
|July 22, 2011||James Wolk on Showtime|
Our client, Lone Star lead James Wolk, has landed a multiepisode arc on season two of Showtime's Shameless. The Hollywood Reporter mentioned this in their July 22 issue.
|July 12, 2011||Victoria Cook to Speak at 2011 Creative Producing Summit|
Victoria Cook will be a panelist at the 2011 Creative Producing Summit event. The Creative Producing Summit is a three-day, invitation-only gathering of independent film professionals. indieWIRE covered this and mentioned Victoria and our firm.
|July 1, 2011||Gotham Media Ventures Presents “The Online Dilemma: Content vs. Commerce”|
Our next Gotham Media Ventures breakfast seminar on "The Online Dilemma: Content vs. Commerce" will be held on July 12 in our offices. Terri Seligman will be part of the panel. NYConvergence.com picked this up and mentioned our firm and Terri.
|June 30, 2011||Gender Balance in Entertainment Law|
Amy Nickin was quoted in Variety on her views on attorneys who are trying to balance the demands of a family and legal career.
|June 22, 2011||Michael Schiffer to Speak at ERA's 2011 D2C Convention|
The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), has announced the line-up for the education program to be presented at the 2011 ERA D2C Convention held on September 13-15 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael Schiffer will present "You Are What You Tweet – Understanding the Legal Risks in Social Media". Digital Journal covers this announcement and mentions Michael and our firm.
|June 16, 2011||Page One Opens This Friday|
Our firm provided legal counsel for Page One: Inside the New York Times. The film opens this Friday, June 17, at select theaters in New York.
|June 15, 2011||Ethics bill has troublesome exceptions, legal experts say|
Ron Minkoff was quoted in a Thomson Reuters News & Insights article on legal loopholes that exist within the pending "Clean Up Albany Act of 2011" ethics bill aimed at state legislators.
|June 12, 2011||In a War of Words, Makers of Plastic Bags Go to Court|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in an article in The New York Times on a lawsuit against ChicoBag, a reusable bag manufacturer, that allegedly made false eco-friendly claims about their products.
|June 7, 2011||AICP Show Honors Best Commercials Of The Year|
The 20th annual AICP (The Art & Technique of the American Commercial) Show took place on June 7 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. SHOOT Publicity Wire covered the event, and listed our firm as one of the sponsors.
|June 6, 2011||Maggie Pisacane Featured in Law School Podcast|
Maggie Pisacane is featured in a Law School Podcast on what current law students should expect in an entertainment law career. To listen to her podcast, click here.
|June 3, 2011||Mike Frankfurt Featured in Robert Redford's New Biography|
Our senior partner, Mike Frankfurt, is quoted at length in Robert Redford's new biography (Alfred A. Knopf publishers). To find out more about the book, click here.
|June 2, 2011||Model Caroline Forsling sues Estee Lauder for $2 million over 'manipulated' photo in ad|
Our client, Caroline Forsling, is currently pursuing a lawsuit against Estee Lauder claiming the comestics company manipulated her image for an anti-aging ad campagin. Edward Rosenthal was mentioned as the lawyer for Forsling in the New York Daily News.
|May 27, 2011||FTC To Update Online Advertising Guides|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in MediaPost on how the FTC plans to revamp their online advertising guides to address social media, mobile and other newer platforms.
|May 27, 2011||Frankfurt Kurnit Mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter|
Warner Bros. recently picked up The Architect, a thriller pitch from writer Jason Smilovic, who is represented by Amy Nickin. THR mentioned our involvement.
|May 20, 2011||Facebook Forced to Address Legal Gray Area of Kids and Advertising|
Terri Seligman was quoted in AdAge on an article on the legal aspects of Facebook turning children's posts into advertisements.
|May 18, 2011||MediaPost Mentions Frankfurt Kurnit Alert on Facebook Promotions|
MediaPost mentions our alert in their article about Facebook's recent promotions guidelines revisions here.
|May 13, 2011||Dynamics For Discussion: Another Dimension, Varied Platforms, Business Models, Social Change, New Talent|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum attended the SHOOT's Directors/Producers Forum and New Directors Showcase At DGA's NYC Theatre. Frankfurt Kurnit & Jeff were both mentioned as participants at this event on SHOOT Online.
|April 29, 2011||Rick Kurnit Featured in View From Madison Avenue|
Rick Kurnit was featured in a post on View From Madison Avenue, a blog on advertising executives, on the downside of creative people posting their work portfolios online.
|April 22, 2011||Rick Kurnit in Morgan Spurlock's New Film - in Theaters Today|
Rick Kurnit has a cameo in the Morgan Spurlock film -- "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold." The film opens today in NYC at the Angelika and the AMC Loews Lincoln Square. The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter cover the premise of the film here and here.
|April 18, 2011||FTC Targets Fake Acai Berry Testimonials |
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was featured in a Mediapost article on how FTC is cracking down on online marketers who create phony "fake news" sites to promote certain products.
|March 31, 2011||FKKS Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group Success|
Richard Maltz of our Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group helped reinstate a previously disbarred lawyer. The New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal covered it here and here.
|March 24, 2011||Entertainment Client News|
Our client, Dee Rees, who debuted her film Pariah at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA). The Hollywood Reporter picked this up, and mentioned our firm and Victoria Cook.
|March 18, 2011||Sports Agent Suspended 10 Years For BALCO Involvement|
Cameron Myler, who represents sports agent Mark Block, was quoted in USA Today on Mark Block's Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) related suspension.
|March 10, 2011||Judge's Decision to Address Conflict Issue in Sealed Record Is Raised in Recusal Bid|
Ron Minkoff was featured in an article about a recusal motion filed by Alan Hevesi, former New York State Comptroller, who is calling into question the impartiality of the judge presiding over his widely-publicized pension pay-to-play fraud case. The story ran on the front page of the March 8th issue of The New York Law Journal.
|March 9, 2011||New Lawsuits Could Test Gift Card Rules’ Reach to Promotional ‘Mashup’ Websites|
Terri Seligman was featured in Electronic Commerce & Law Report on how the new federal gift card regulations affect social buying websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.
|March 7, 2011||Nine Things You Can't Do in Advertising if You Want to Stay on Right Side of the Law|
Terri Seligman was quoted in Advertising Age about how the National Advertising Division (NAD) protects consumers against misleading advertisements here. The Consumerist also picked this up here.
|March 5, 2011||FKKS Attorney Mention|
Prince Albert II of Monaco was the honored guest at the Art of The Olympians’ grand opening celebration breakfast at Port Royal, Florida. Cameron Myler was also present. Naplesnews.com picked this up, where they quoted Cameron.
|March 1, 2011||Entertainment News|
Our client, Jake T. Austin, has joined the cast of Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "New Year's Eve". Variety picked this up here, where they mentioned our firm.
|February 10, 2011||Entertainment News|
Our client, Amanda Seyfried, will star in the Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment Group and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment thriller "Gone". Variety and The Wrap picked this up here and here, where they mentioned our firm.
|February 6, 2011||Entertainment News|
Rick Kurnit has a cameo performance in our client Morgan Spurlock's upcoming film -- "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold". AdWeek, Mediaweek, and Brandweek mentioned the news.
|January 28, 2011||Entertainment News|
Victoria Cook was mentioned in Variety as the attorney who negotiated the deal where Focus Features picked up rights to Dee Rees' LGBT-themed drama "Pariah".
|January 24, 2011||Thesp works in the 'Now'|
We represent Thomas McDonell, who will star in "The Spectacular Now," produced by Shawn Levy. Variety picked this up.
|January 21, 2011||Rick Kurnit and Richard Hofstetter Profiled in Bisnow|
Rick Kurnit and Richard Hofstetter are profiled in Bisnow about their experiences in the advertising industry and branded entertainment industry, respectively. To read Rick's profile, click here. To read Richard's profile, click here.
|January 20, 2011||Frankfurt Kurnit Adds Two Entertainment Partners|
Iddo Arad and Mark Merriman have been named partners to our Entertainment Group. The New York Law Journal, ScreenDaily.com, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety picked this up.
|January 19, 2011||Entertainment News|
Our client, John Goodman, was mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter for joining the cast of "Extremely Loud" and "Incredibly Close", Stephen Daldry's adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel. Frankfurt Kurnit was mentioned.
|January 12, 2011||Swedish Author Settles Salinger Copyright Suit|
The Local, Sweden's local news site, covered the settlement between our client, Fredrik Colting, and the estate of J.D. Salinger, over the publication of Colting's book, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.
|January 6, 2011||Lisa E. Davis in The Network Journal|
Lisa E. Davis appeared on the cover of The Network Journal magazine's "Attorneys at the Top" issue.
|December 27, 2010||Jeffrey A. Greenbaum in PMA Law Bulletin|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was mentioned in the PMA Law Bulletin as a PMA committee member.
|December 21, 2010||NLRB: Hands off your employees' Facebook comments? |
Wendy Stryker was featured in an article on CFOZone.com about the recently filed a complaint by NLRB against an ambulance company, American Medical Response of Connecticut, saying the firm illegally fired an employee for comments she made on Facebook.
|December 18, 2010||New Tax Bill Extends Film, TV Incentive|
Recently, President Obama signed a new tax law that extends a significant tax incentive to film and TV producers. Bernard Topper and Tom Selz discussed the implications of this new tax law in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, and the Massachusetts Production Coalition.
|December 9, 2010||Amy Nickin and Michael Williams in Variety|
We congratulate our colleagues Amy Nickin and Michael Williams -- recently added to the coveted Variety magazine Dealmaker's Impact Report list of top entertainment industry impresarios.
|December 9, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Adds New Corporate Partner|
Deborah Wolfe recently joined our firm as a partner in our Corporate and Finance Group. The New York Law Journal covered this in their News in Brief section on page 1. The National Law Journal also picked this up.
|December 1, 2010||Ron Minkoff in The New York Professional Responsibility Report|
Ron Minkoff's article "Rule 5.6: As Written Or As Applied?" on how law firms invoke obstacles to a departing lawyer's exit was featured in The New York Professional Responsibility Report Newsletter.
|November 30, 2010||50 Years and 50 Legal Principles|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum wrote an article for SHOOT on 50 principals that advertising agencies and production companies should remember in order to avoid legal issues.
|November 18, 2010||Take Care When Regulating What Employees Can Say on Social Media Sites |
Mondaq picked up our recent blog post about complaints filed by the NLRB on companies regulating what employees can post their social media sites.
|November 10, 2010||Disclosure Runs Into 140-Character Limits|
Terri Seligman was quoted in The New York Times about properly advertising disclosures for companies participating in cause-related marketing.
|November 5, 2010||Litigation Success (Asbestos Case/Ethics)|
Earlier this week, Ron Minkoff and Amelia Seewann succeeded on their motion to disqualify a well-known personal injury firm from representing plaintiffs in asbestos actions against a group of defendants that included our client Kentile Floors Inc. The judge credited our argument that the plaintiffs' law firm -- in hiring a former asbestos defense lawyer -- had acquired client confidences sufficient to disqualify them. The November 5th issue of The New York Law Journal covered this story on page 1.
|November 1, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Blog in Law Technology News|
Our blog, Entertainment Law Matters, was featured in an article about recently launched blogs covering a wide range of topics.
|October 27, 2010||Mark Merriman to Speak at NYSBA Panel Event on US/India Entertainment Business|
Mark Merriman will be a featured panelist at the New York City Bar's “Media Masala – Current Trends and Issues in US – India Film, Television and Music Programming, Production and Distribution” on November 8. NYSBA's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Blog picked this up here.
|October 26, 2010||When It Comes to Corporate Web Sites, the Rules Have Changed|
Rick Kurnit spoke on the latest developments in publicity rights at the Entertaiment Business Law Seminar held on Friday, October 22 at the New York University's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center. Shannon Green from Corporate Counsel summarized Rick's viewpoints on corporation's publishing public news on their websites here.
|October 25, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Adds New Trusts & Estates Partner|
Joseph C. Mahon recently joined our firm as a partner in our Trusts & Estates Group. The New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal picked this up here and here (subscription required).
|October 22, 2010||Jeffrey A. Greenbaum to Speak at AICP Conference|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum spoke on the "Lawyers On The Clock: 12 Legal Issues You Need To Know" panel at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) conference on October 26 at The TimesCenter in New York.
|October 15, 2010||Jeffrey A. Greenbaum Discusses FTC Green Guides on Bloomberg Law Podcast|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum talked with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines on environmental marketing claims relating to products, services or business practices. To listen to this podcast, click here.
|October 14, 2010||FTC Begins Enforcement Under Revised FTC Guides|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum's article on FTC's recent revisions to its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising was picked up by the GALA Gazette, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance newsletter.
|October 13, 2010||Women’s Sports Foundation Honors Cameron Myler|
Cameron Myler, a Luge Olympian, was honored as one of the top female athletes at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards dinner. SportsPageMagazine.com covered the event here.
|October 9, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Hosts Power Player Breakfast with Anne Sweeney|
We hosted New York Women in Film and Television's Power Player Breakfast, where Anne Sweeney, President of Disney-ABC Television Group, was honored. Don Bernard Jr. took a clip of the event here.
|October 9, 2010||Rick Kurnit Spoke at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2010|
Rick Kurnit was one of the panelists at the Entertainment Business Law Seminar at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2010 in New York City. Altsounds.com picked this up.
|October 7, 2010||Jean Ward in Super Lawyers|
Jean Ward is profiled in a Super Lawyer's article entitled "Let's Put on a Show!" on her start in the theater and legal industries.
|October 6, 2010||FTC Guides Could Restrict Marketers' Environmental Claims|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in Media Post on the new proposed guidelines issued by the FTC restricting marketers' from making broad environmental claims.
|September 29, 2010||IPFrontline.com |
Nicole Hyland's blog post on an important Australian decision on the copyrightability of newspaper headlines was picked up by IPFrontline.com. The original post was on Frankfurt Kurnit's Entertainment Law Matters blog.
|September 24, 2010||Fair Use and Social Media |
Brian Murphy's presentation on fair use and social media issues at the 20th All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property on September 21 was picked up by The Patent and Trademark Copyright Journal.
|September 23, 2010||Minnesota Law Review|
Ronald Minkoff's letter on judicial discipline to the ABA's Joint Commission on the Model Code of Judicial Conduct was mentioned in footnote 134 in the Minnesota Law Review, Volume 94.
|September 21, 2010||FTC Making "Green" on a Label Mean Something|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in The Kiplinger Letter on FTC' soon-to-be released updated guidelines on using environmental marketing claims on product labels.
|September 17, 2010||Berlinger Decision on Evidence|
The New York Law Journal posted the Berlinger/Chevron decision on evidence here (subscription is required). Maura Wogan and Jeremy Goldman were listed as attorneys for our client, Joe Berlinger.
|September 8, 2010||Federal Judge Rules Chevron Can Depose Maker of 'Crude'|
The New York Law Journal reported on Judge Kaplan's recent ruling that our client, Joseph Berlinger, can be questioned about events that occurred when his cameras were not rolling on his documentary, Crude. Maura Wogan and our firm were mentioned.
|September 8, 2010||McKissick v. Yuen Decision|
Leagle.com picked up our 10th Circuit victory affirming dismissal of fraud claims against our clients Henry Yuen and Elsie Leung -- former executives of the technology company Gemstar. The case arose from the merger of Gemstar and TV Guide in 2000. Pamela McKissick, a former Gemstar executive, sued the company and our clients -- accusing them of perpetrating a fraud that rendered her stock options in the company worthless. The US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma granted summary judgment to the defendants, holding that McKissick released her claims when she signed a separation agreement. Ms. McKissick appealed. The 10th Circuit affirmed the district court, holding that the separation agreement unambiguously barred Ms. McKissick's claims. The case is McKissick v. Yuen, Civ No. 08-5151, 10th Cir., Sept. 8, 2010. Congratulations to Brian Maas, Jessie Beeber, Amelia Seewann, and the rest of the litigation team.
|September 8, 2010||Barbara Shiers & Linda Wank in Avenue's Legal Elite|
Barbara Shiers and Linda Wank were listed in Avenue Magazine as two of New York City's top estate planning attorneys.
|September 8, 2010||Federal Law Allowing Craigslist Prostitution Ads Should Change, Blumenthal Argues|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in a Hartford Courant article on Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's argument that Craigslist should permanently shut down their adult services section.
|September 6, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Mentioned in NYSBA's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Blog|
Frankfurt Kurnit was mentioned in the NYSBA Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law blog for hosting the In-House Counsel Committee and Lawyers in Transition Committee breakfast panel on August 6, 2010.
|September 2, 2010||FTC Issues Subpoenas for Food Companies|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum & Michael Schiffer's alert on an FTC subpoena to children's food and beverage marketers was picked up by the Promotion Marketing Association's blog.
|August 27, 2010||S. Jean Ward Mentioned in Super Lawyers|
S. Jean Ward was listed as a New York Super Lawyer for her work in the theater industry.
|August 26, 2010||Claiming Excessive Fees, Patent Holder Sues Law Firms for $10 Million|
The New York Law Journal mentioned Jessie Beeber as the attorney representing Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, a retired university professor who filed a notice to sue her former attorneys for $10 million, accusing them of misusing escrow funds and charging her excessive fees.
|August 23, 2010||Wilson v. City of New Jersey|
Patrick Boyle was mentioned in The New Jersey Law Journal as counsel for Paris Wilson, whose mother and two siblings died in front of him as a result of Jersey City Police and 911 Operator negligence. We won an appeal permitting claims to proceed against Jersey City and two 911 call takers.To read the full article, click here (subscription required).
|August 17, 2010||Ecuadorian Plaintiffs Blast Chevron 'McMotion'|
We were mentioned in The New York Law Journal's News in Brief section on our client Joe Berlinger's opposition to Chevron's recent motion for an order requiring the Ecuadorian plaintiffs and their lawyers to preserve evidence relevant to their defense and to supplement their subpoenas.
|August 10, 2010||Government Reins in Drug Promotion on Facebook|
Terri Seligman was quoted in Advertising Age on FDA's regulatory proceeding against drug company Novartis' Facebook promotions. Terri’s quote was also picked up by the SmartBrief on Social Media newsletter as a “SmartQuote”.
|August 3, 2010||Frankfurt Kurnit Adds New Advertising Partner|
Terri J. Seligman recently joined our firm as a partner in the Advertising Group. The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, IP Today and Crain's New York Business picked this up here, here, here and here.
|July 30, 2010||Colgate and Aquafresh Battle Over Packaging Icon|
Terri Seligman was quoted in The Wall Street Journal on trademark battles in the consumer-products industry.
|July 26, 2010||Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Case|
Our client, Angel Acevedo, whose daughter Yvette lives at an Episcopal Social Services group home in East Harlem, recently filed a $10 million lawsuit against the agency for sexual abuse while in their care. Our complaint alleges negligence, gross negligence, and willful misconduct. The story has been picked up by ABC News, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and NY1, which features Jessie Beeber and the client in our office. Jessie, Patrick Boyle, and Lisa Herbert are representing the Acevedo family.
|July 15, 2010||Appeals Court Limits Film Footage Turnover Order in Chevron v. Berlinger (Rainforest) Case|
Late yesterday, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit modified a lower court order that had required our client, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, to turn over all of his raw film footage from CRUDE to Chevron Corp. The lower court order would have required Berlinger to produce more than 600 hours of raw film footage. Under yesterday’s appeals court order, Berlinger would produce only unused footage that falls into three narrow categories. While we await the appeals court’s formal legal opinion on the journalist’s privilege, the interim order substantially limits Judge Kaplan’s over-reaching decision and places restrictions on Chevron (i.e., the company may not use any footage we ultimately produce in their PR efforts). The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Law.com, The New York Law Journal and The Wrap covered the story here, here, here, here, here and here.
|July 14, 2010||Berlinger Continues to Fight|
Maura Wogan argued Joe Berlinger's appeal today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The story continues to be big news. The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Courthouse News Service, Indiewire, Variety, The News Media & The Law and Law.com have covered it here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
|July 1, 2010||Gibson Dunn Surprises First Amendment Advocates by Suing Journalists|
The July issue of American Lawyer discusses efforts by Chevron and its lawyers at Gibson Dunn to subpoena unused film footage from our client Joe Berlinger. Maura Wogan was mentioned as the attorney for Berlinger.
|June 30, 2010||Legal Matters | Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, FTC Guides and FAQs|
The American Association of Advertising Agencies picked up a recent alert written by Jason Kessler and Jeffrey A. Greenbaum on The Federal Trade Commission's recently published endorsement guide FAQs.
|June 30, 2010||Greenbaum Discusses Social Media, Endorsements: B-LAW|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was featured in a Bloomberg Law podcast about about the Federal Trade Commission's endorsement guidelines. To listen to this podcast, click here.
|June 25, 2010||FTC Offers Broad Interpretation (Extending All The Way To Twitter) Of Its Endorsement Guides|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in Media Post on concerns marketers have about FTC interpretation of the revised endorsement guidelines.
|June 21, 2010||CRUDE Benefit|
Filmmakers gathered at the IFC Center in New York City to raise money for our cilent, Joe Berlinger, who is fighting back against a court order to turn over outtakes of his documentary, CRUDE, over to Chevron. Variety and Courthouse News Service are among some of the news outlets who reported on the event.
|June 21, 2010||Lisa Davis Honor|
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association's 26th annual dinner took place on June 28. The MBBA honored Lisa Davis as "Lawyer of the Year". Other honorees included U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Pfizer's Atiba D. Adams, and Kings County Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Lewis. The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Documentary.org covered the event here, here and here.
|June 17, 2010||Litigating & Resolving Advertising Disputes|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum spoke on Inside Strategies for Effectively Utilizing the NAD to Resolve Advertising Disputes at ACI's Litigating and Resolving Advertising Disputes event. Rebecca Tushnet recapped this discussion on her well-regarded blog on false advertising.
|June 11, 2010||Wogan Discusses Chevron’s Subpoena of Filmmaker on Bloomberg Law|
Maura Wogan talks did a podcast for Bloomberg Law about recent developments in Chevron Corp.'s attempts to subpoena 600 hours of unused footage from our client Joe Berlinger's documentary film, Crude. To listen to this podcast, click here.
|June 10, 2010||Lawsuit over Denise Lee's death is delayed|
The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported our client Nathan Lee's 911 call wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office was delayed again after the newly appointed judge requested more time to review the case. Patrick Boyle was mentioned as the attorney representing Nathan Lee and his family.
|June 9, 2010||LexisNexis® Corporate & Securities Law Community Podcast: Jeffrey A. Greenbaum|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum is featured in the a LexisNexis® Corporate & Securities Law Community Podcast on Advertising Law Compliance: What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know. To listen to this podcast, click here.
|June 8, 2010||Documentary Filmmaker Berlinger Wins “Stay” of Film Footage Turnover Order |
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger will get a full hearing in July on his appeal from the lower court decision that had ordered him to turn over more than 600 hours of raw film footage to Chevron Corporation. The lower court’s May 20th order directing Berlinger to produce the footage will be stayed during the pendency of the appeal. “Today’s decision signals that the appeals court takes seriously the rights of investigative journalists like Joe Berlinger,” said Maura Wogan of Frankfurt Kurnit, the lawyers for Mr. Berlinger and his production company. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The New York Law Journal, ABC News and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covered the news here, here, here, here and here.
|June 7, 2010||News Organizations Oppose Chevron's Subpoena for Film Outtakes|
The New York Law Journal noted the amicus brief by Floyd Abrams filed on behalf of 13 major media companies in support of our client Joe Berlinger’s 2nd circuit appeal.
|June 4, 2010||Key Defamation Decision Published in New York Law Journal|
We just won a victory in a defamation case arising from labor tension in the NYC restaurant industry. The plaintiff, a supervisor at Jing Fong in Chinatown, brought a defamation action against our clients -- two waiters and a union representative -- for allegedly defamatory statements made at press conferences and published in Chinese language newspapers. Wendy Stryker and John Schowengerdt led our team.
|June 3, 2010||Close-up on COPPA at FTC Roundtable|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in the International Association of Privacy Professionals Daily Dashboard on his thoughts on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act at the FTC Roundtable discussion that took place on June 2.
|May 20, 2010||Groundswell of Support for our Filmmaker Client|
On May 10th Judge Kaplan of the District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger to turn over to Chevron Corp. more than 600 hours of unused film footage from his documentary CRUDE, which is about damage to the Ecuadorean rainforest and the attendant, decades-long litigation. In light of this decision, several prominent entertainment groups and individual artists, including well-known Academy Award winners, have signed on to open letters of support. Groups supporting Berlinger's First Amendment position include the International Documentary Association (IDA), the Directors Guild of America, and The Writers Guild of America. Huffington Post summed up the support nicely here.
|May 19, 2010||Intellectual Property 101|
Rick Kurnit was featured in a clip on the American Association of Advertising Agencies Business Resources section discussing intellectual property law.
|May 16, 2010||Grand Exits|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in Mediaweek on the constant changing landscape of the advertising industry. The article was also picked up by Adweek and Brandweek.
|May 15, 2010||Entertainment News|
Iddo Arad was mentioned in indieWIRE now and ScreenDaily as the attorney who negotiated the deals to sell the documentary film “Valentino The Last Emperor” in several European territories.
|May 14, 2010||SHOOT's Directors Symposium And 2010 New Directors Showcase: Reflections, Insights, Highlights |
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was mentioned in SHOOT Online as one of the panelists who discussed new forms of advertising content at the SHOOT's Directors Symposium which was held on May 11, 2010.
|May 10, 2010||Court Orders Filmmaker Joe Berlinger to Turn Over Film Footage to Chevron|
Judge Kaplan of the District Court for the Southern District of New York has ordered our client, Joe Berlinger, to turn over more than 600 hours of outtakes from his award-winning film, Crude, about damage to the Ecuadorean rainforest. The judge did not credit our argument that Berlinger's footage is protected by the journalist's privilege and the First Amendment. We plan to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, the case has won the attention of a wide variety of legal and general interest media. A few examples are here: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Guardian, National Law Journal.
|May 4, 2010||J.D. Salinger Case: Appeals Court Vacates Injunction Against 60 Years Later|
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the injunction against 60 Years Later -- Coming Through the Rye, by our client Fredrik Colting and his US distributor SCB Distributors Inc. The case has been remanded. The decision, which changes copyright law in this circuit, received a lot of press coverage. You may link to some of the coverage here: New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Business Week, American Lawyer, and New York Law Journal.
|April 27, 2010||Chevron v. Berlinger (Rainforest Case)|
We are pleased to represent Joe Berlinger -- the director of Crude -- in the filmmaker's high profile First Amendment battle against Chevron Corporation. You can read recent New York Times, Variety, The Wrap, ScreenDaily, and The Huffington Post coverage here, here, here, here, and here.
|April 25, 2010||ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting part 5 |
Rick Kurnit was quoted in Rebecca Tushnet's 43(B)log as the session chair for the ABA Antitrust Session Spring Meeting part 5 that was held on April 23, 2010 in Washington, DC.
|April 16, 2010||May 11th Event At DGA Theatre, New York, To Feature A Cross-section of Industry Artists, Execs|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum will be one of the speakers at the SHOOT Directors Symposium taking place which is being held in conjunction with SHOOT's 8th Annual New Directors Showcase Event on May 11th.
|March 31, 2010||FTC Endorsement Guide Revisions|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum is the author of the article "FTC Issues Revised Endorsement Guides" included in the American Bar Association's Consumer Protection Update Newsletter (Volume 15, No.1, Spring 2010). To read this chapter, click here.
|March 28, 2010||Maria is no longer sweet on 'Honey'|
Edward Rosenthal was mentioned in the New York Post as the attorney on CNBC's star personality, Maria Bartiromo, who has decided to drop the trademark on her her well-known "Money Honey" moniker.
|March 18, 2010||Panel to Explore 'Celebrity Justice In a Digital World'|
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz was mentioned in NYConvergence for hosting a Gotham Media Ventures panel on celebrity justice.
|March 5, 2010||Cravath Prevails in Airgas Conflicts Fight in Delaware|
Ronald Minkoff was mentioned in The American Lawyer as an ethics expert upon whom Cravath relied in its dispute with a former client. The issue was whether Cravath could represent Air Products in a hostile takeover bid of its former client Airgas. To read this affidavit, click here.
|March 1, 2010||Putting The Genie Back: What To Do When Your Client Has Stolen Documents|
Ronald Minkoff and Amelia Seewann are the authors of the article "Putting The Genie Back: What To Do When Your Client Has Stolen Documents" included in the MLRC MediaLawLetter March 2010. To read this article, click here.
|March 1, 2010||First Lady Paterson Kicks Off 2010 Healthy Steps To Albany: First Lady's Challenge|
Cameron Myler was featured in a press release picked up by Hamptons.com about First Lady Michelle Paterson kicking off "Healthy Steps to Albany: First Lady's Challenge," the competition she developed to teach children about health and wellness. Cameron participated in the pep rally where she introduced students to luging.
|February 26, 2010||Cameron Myler: An Olympian Luger, Frankfurt Kurnit Litigator|
Cameron Myler, an associate in our Litigation Group who competed in four Winter Olympics and won 11 World Cup medals, was quoted in several leading publications about the U.S. women's luge team's competition and evolution over the past few decades, her post-Olympic career success, and more in the following publications: Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Daily News.
|February 25, 2010||Advertising White Paper - Candice Kersh|
Candice Kersh is the author of the white paper "Software and Software Tools: Ownership and Use Contracting Considerations When Creating Digital, Online and Mobile Content" included in the American Association of Advertising Agencies Management Matters position papers. To read this paper, click here.
|February 18, 2010||SHOOT Magazine Builds On Successful Annual New Directors Showcase Event Adding Directors Symposium To Focus On Challenges And Opportunities Directors Face Today|
Our firm was mentioned in SHOOT Online as a "silver sponsor" for the SHOOT Directors Symposium and the SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event scheduled to take place on May 11, 2010.
|February 5, 2010||N.Y. Bar: Beware the Pitfalls of Social Networking|
Lisa Davis was quoted in The New York Law Journal on social networking efforts in the legal field.
|February 5, 2010||DCIA Presents Inaugural P2P & CLOUD MARKET CONFERENCE|
Rick Kurnit was mentioned The Distributed Computing Industry Association's press release, picked up by PR-USA, as one of the keynote speakers in the P2P & Cloud Market Conference scheduled for March 9th at the Princeton Club of New York.
|February 4, 2010||Wilson 911 Call Case Appeal|
Patrick Boyle was mentioned in The Jersey Journal as counsel for Paris Wilson, whose mother and two siblings died in front of him as a result of Jersey City Police and 911 Operator negligence. The appeal focuses on whether New Jersey's Tort Claims Act and other immunity statutes insulate defendants from suit when they fail to follow mandatory policies and procedures in the performance of their jobs, and these failures cause death and other psychological and physical harm.
|January 15, 2010||Inside NBC's Late Night Shakeup|
Richard Hofstetter was quoted in TV Guide Magazine on Conan O’Brien’s departure from NBC.
|January 7, 2010||Marketers Like the Obamas, Perhaps Too Much|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in Marketing News Exclusive, a newsletter sent out by the American Marketing Association, on the legality of Weatherproof’s and PETA’s Obama ads.
|January 6, 2010||Suffolk FCU Sues CUMIS Over Fannie Mae Fraud Coverage|
Patrick Boyle was mentioned as the attorney representing Suffolk FCU, one of the victims of the U.S. Mortgage/CU National Mortgage fraud, who filed suit against CUMIS in January.
|January 1, 2010||Mike Frankfurt - Always There for Us|
Mike Frankfurt was acknowledged in The Armory 2010 Yearbook for providing pro bono services to The Armory Foundation for the past 20 years. The acknowledgment also appears in the Millrose Games 2010 program – 20,000 copies of which will be distributed at this year’s games at Madison Square Garden.
|December 14, 2009||Federal Practice: Obama “Hope” Poster Case Illuminates E-Discovery Obligations|
Jeremy Goldman wrote an article for Bloomgberg Law Reports on the e-discovery issues raised by the Fairey v. Associated Press case.
|December 7, 2009||Frankfurt Kurnit: One of the "Best Places to Work in New York City"|
Our firm was #16 on Crain’s New York Business’s list of the “Best Places to Work in New York City”. The rankings in this list were based on the results of 13,991 surveys of employees at more than 150 New York City companies.
|December 3, 2009||Amsterdam News celebrates 100 YEARS |
Michael Frankfurt and Lisa Davis attended the New York Amsterdam News and Amsterdam News Educational Foundation's 100 years of service celebration at Lincoln Center in New York City.
|December 1, 2009||Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz was acknowledged as a pro bono partner in the Legal Services NYC 2008 Annual Report.|
|November 29, 2009||Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon|
The SobelMedia blog mentioned Jerry Spiegel’s involvement with the National Federation for Teaching Entrepreneurship – a producer of the TEN9Eight film about high school-age entrepreneurs.
|November 14, 2009||Sheriff's Office wants Lee's lawsuit thrown out |
Patrick Boyle was mentioned in Florida's Punta Gorda Herald as the attorney representing the family of Denise Amber Lee in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff and his employees.
|November 11, 2009|| Jeffrey A. Greenbaum is the author of the chapter "Specific Corporate Compliance Challenges by Practice Area: Advertising" included in Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance (LexisNexis, 2009). To read this chapter, click here.|
|October 14, 2009||Frankfurt Kurnit Files Complaint in Florida in Tragic "911" Negligence Case|
Patrick Boyle was quoted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as the attorney who filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff and his employees on behalf of the family of Denise Amber Lee, the woman killed as a result of alleged 911 call negligence.
|October 5, 2009||Swag The Dog: FTC Rules Bloggers Should Disclose Freebies|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in MediaPost's Online Media Daily on FTC's new endorsement guidelines policy, which states that bloggers who review products and services must disclose the receipt of free products on their blog.
|September 29, 2009||Company Allegedly Uses Monitoring Software To Collect Data From Children |
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was quoted in MediaPost's Online Media Daily on FTC's policies governing Web company disclosure of data collection practices.
|September 26, 2009||Lee Family Shifts Focus to Civil Case|
Patrick Boyle is mentioned in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as the attorney taking on the civil case against the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office on behalf of Denise Amber Lee, the woman killed as a result of 911 call negligence.
|September 25, 2009||Reclaiming Childhood|
Edward Rosenthal is mentioned in Williams Alumni Review for his involvement with establishing Reclaiming Childhood as a nonprofit organization. Reclaiming Childhood assists Iraqi refugee girls with sports, education and other elements of their childhood that were stripped from them. To learn more, please click here.
|September 21, 2009||Patent Problems Pending Over Web Apps?|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in Adweek on patent issues arising from utilizing web applications for advertising and marketing campaigns.
|September 10, 2009||Google May Have to Modify Book Settlement for Judge|
Tom Selz was quoted in Bloomberg in regards to Google modifying a settlement with publishers on making digital copies of books available in Google's digital library.
|September 9, 2009||Helping to Write the Book on Marketing|
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum was cited in the 2010 edition of the textbook, Marketing, published by South-Western Cengage Learning.
|September 3, 2009||The J.D. Salinger - 60 Years Later Case Moves to the 2nd Circuit|
Edward Rosenthal argued Fredrik Colting and SCB Distributors Inc.'s appeal on September 3rd. You can read Publishers Weekly, IP Law & Business, American Lawyer's Litigation Daily, Media Bistro, Reuters, and Publishers Weekly coverage of the appeal here, here, here, here, here, and here.
|August 11, 2009||Hot Topics in Marketing Compliance and Enforcement|
Lisa Barone reported on Jeff Greenbaum's "Hot Topics in marketing Compliance and Enforcement" panel discussion at the Affiliate Summit East 2009 conference.
|August 7, 2009||Media, Advocacy, and Library Groups Weigh in for Defendants in J.D. Salinger Case|
The New York Times, Gannett, Associated Press, Tribune Company, Public Citizen, and a group of library organizations have all submitted friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of our clients in the J.D. Salinger v. Colting case. You can read the briefs here. You can also read The American Lawyer, National Law Journal, and Guardian stories covering the amici briefs here, here, and here.
|August 4, 2009||The N takes a stroll with 'Catwalk'|
Lisa Davis is mentioned as the attorney who brokered the deal between The N, which soon will be rebranded TeenNick, and "Catwalk," the sophomore book series from "The Cheetah Girls" author Deborah Gregory, for a potential TV series.
|July 27, 2009||The J.D. Salinger - 60 Years Later Case|
Our representation of Fredrik Colting and SCB Distributors Inc. -- the author and U.S. distributor of 60 Years Later -- Coming Through the Rye -- against J.D. Salinger, has garnered much press coverage. You can read recent New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and American Lawyer coverage here, here, here, and here.
|July 17, 2009||The New Song on Broadway|
Mark Merriman and S. Jean Ward were quoted in The Deal on the evolution of the Broadway musical business.
|June 6, 2009||Advertising Compliance Service Welcomes Rick Kurnit As a New Member of Editorial Advisory Board|
Rick Kurnit joined the Advertising Compliace Service (ACS) Editorial Advisory Board. The ACS provides essential information to attorneys who advise clients on marketing and advertising legal matters. The ACS Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of some fo the top attorneys in advertising law today.
|May 21, 2009||Morals Clauses and Endorsement Agreements|
Chris Chase's article, A Moral Dilemma: Morals Clauses In Endorsement Agreements, was published in Mondaq. The article addresses the difficult situation where a celebrity endorser's behavior threatens to undermine a marketer's goals. You may read the full article here.
|May 12, 2009||Quarterback Calls for Class Action Against Electronic Arts|
Media Post quoted Rick Kurnit on former Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller's right of publicity lawsuit against Electronic Arts. The suit alleges that EA unfairly profits from the use of college football player images in EA games. The suit also alleges the NCAA wrongly approved EA's use of the college students' identities. Read the full story here.
|April 23, 2009||Cayman Islands Forms Film Commission Advisory Board|
Cayman Net News reported on the formation of the Cayman Islands new film finance advisory board. Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz founding partner Tom Selz is on the board. The full story is here.
|March 9, 2009||Omnicom Enforces Production Contracts|
AdWeek quoted Rick Kurnit on "sequential liability" and the problems that may arise when a difficult economy forces commercial production companies and agencies to wait for payment from marketers. The full article is here.
|March 1, 2009||Frankfurt Kurnit to Host ACCA-GNY Advertising and Marketing Law Committee|
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel magazine published a letter from the President of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Greater New York Chapter reporting that Frankfurt Kurnit would host the Association's newly formed Advertising and Marketing Law Committee in New York. Read the full story here.
|February 26, 2009||Good Advice Makes All the Difference in Estate Planning|
Barbara Shiers was quoted in the New York Times on estate planning issues.
|February 25, 2009||Attorney’s Claim That His Image Is Exploited in Controversial Singer’s Film Is Dismissed|
New York Law Journal article about our big win for documentary filmmakers on a key right of publicity issue. Jessie Beeber represented the filmmaker.
|February 16, 2009||DCIA Announces P2P Market Conference Agenda|
Rick Kurnit was mentioned in a streamingmedia.com article as one of the keynote speakers at the Distributed Computing Industry Association’s upcoming P2P Market Conference on March 17th.
|February 5, 2009||Industry Vets Launch Secure Strategy Group|
Frankfurt Kurnit was mentioned in a Security Systems News article as the host to the panel discussion “Funding, Investment Strategies & Developments in Security Technology 2009.”
|January 30, 2009||The Federal Trade Commission at 100: Into Our 2nd Century|
Jeffrey Greenbaum was citied in the Federal Trade Commission’s January 2009 Report written by FTC Chairman William Kovacic on the Continuing Pursuit of Better Practices.
|January 28, 2009||Experts: Virgin Faces Uphill Battle v. Adrants|
Rick Kurnit was quoted in Brandweek.com and the Web site cityfile new york on Virgin America’s decision to sue a Web site for its Flight 1549-inspired parody.
|January 26, 2009||Hired PR Gun Doomed Caroline, Insiders Say|
Lisa Davis was mentioned in a New York Daily News article about Governor Paterson’s PR strategy regarding Caroline Kennedy.
|January 21, 2009||Competing Proposals on Lateral Screening Are Presented for Vote by ABA Delegates|
Ronald Minkoff was quoted in an article in the ABA/BNA Lawyer’s Manual on Professional Conduct referencing the ‘Middle Way’ group of lawyers’ attempt to identify a compromise on the subject of lateral screening.
|January 7, 2009||Panel Sets Standard for Calculating Bank Bad Debt Reserve Pursuant to Tax Law|
Patrick Boyle was mentioned in the New York Law Journal as the lawyer for Emigrant Bancorp Inc. in its dispute with the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.