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Lindsay Lohan Loses New York Appeal Over “Grand Theft Auto V” Game Character

In a closely watched case involving New York’s statutory right of privacy, New York’s highest court shot down Lindsay Lohan’s claim that she was featured in the “Grand Theft Auto V” (“GTAV”) video game without permission. The former child star, now 31, argued that “Lacey Jonas,” a “really famous” “actress...

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RPJ Employment Partner Larry Brocchini Discusses Second Circuit En Banc Ruling that Title VII Covers Claims for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

In an important employment discrimination case, the en banc Second Circuit held that “sexual orientation discrimination constitutes a form of discrimination ‘because of…sex,’ in violation of Title VII.”  This decision overturns prior Second Circuit precedent and now allows claimants to assert sexual discrimination claims based on sexual orientation under federal...

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RPJ IP Partner Larry Brocchini Discusses Copyright “Registration/Application” Split

Copyright Alert: Supreme Court may clarify copyright “Registration/Application” split A question often presented in my copyright practice is whether an infringement claim can be brought after a copyright applicant has filed its application, made its deposit and paid its fees, or whether the PTO must issue a registration.  The answer...

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RPL Client Wins in FOIA Case Against FBI and DOJ

RPL Client Watched Film, LLC has been gearing up for the 2018 release of its feature-length documentary, The Feeling of Being Watched, directed by Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui. The film tells the story of Ms. Boundaoui's investigation into the rumors of government surveillance in her childhood neighborhood outside...

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RPL Partner Mark H. Moore Discusses Groundbreaking Decision on Employee Privacy in Europe

On September 5, 2017, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice issued a decision of signal importance in the field of employee privacy. The Chamber condemned without sufficient justification an employer’s monitoring of an employee’s communications, leaving European employers with only vague guidance as to when such monitoring may be...

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New York Passes “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”

Two weeks ago on October 27, 2016, New York City passed the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” (the “Act”) which provides legal protections for freelancers. The Act will go into effect 180 days after it is signed by Mayor de Blasio.  Prior to this Act, a freelancer’s sole remedy for nonpayment...

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