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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: A Murality Play
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Valentina Shenderovich and Christine Steiner Public wall murals have been the subject of much attention recently. Legislators for Los Angeles, considered the "mural capital of the world", are reviewing a proposed city ordinance to preserve... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: My Fellow Californians - Our Long National Nightmare Is Over
Posted on 30 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Christine Steiner In the same era Gerald Ford advised his fellow Americans that "our long national nightmare is over," as he succeeded Richard Nixon as president, the California Legislation enacted the sloppily-drafted California Resale... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Rastaman Vibration
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Sheppard Mullin The appeal in the case of Cariou v. Prince [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] is shaping up to be the biggest visual arts copyright case in many years. It will likely result in guidance on what qualifies as a... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Are Formats The Floor Mats Of Copyright?
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Edwin Komen On Friday afternoon, June 15, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess, Central District of California in Los Angeles, denied CBS Broadcasting's application for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented ABC from... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Original Sin: Complying with Country of Origin Laws
Posted on 15 Aug 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Congress recently introduced the whimsically titled bill, the "Team U.S.A. Made in America Act," which would require the United States Olympic Committee to ensure that ceremonial uniforms for the Olympic team are assembled in the United States... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Louis Vuitton Achieves Genuine Victory Over Flea Market's Phony Sales
Posted on 27 Mar 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Tyler Baker Luxury brand titan Louis Vuitton recently achieved a significant victory over counterfeiting of its designer products. In an action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Louis Vuitton sued the Eisenhauer... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: My Fellow Californians - Our Long National Nightmare Is Over
Posted on 30 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Christine Steiner In the same era Gerald Ford advised his fellow Americans that "our long national nightmare is over," as he succeeded Richard Nixon as president, the California Legislation enacted the sloppily-drafted California Resale... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: A Murality Play
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Valentina Shenderovich and Christine Steiner Public wall murals have been the subject of much attention recently. Legislators for Los Angeles, considered the "mural capital of the world", are reviewing a proposed city ordinance to preserve... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Are Formats The Floor Mats Of Copyright?
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Edwin Komen On Friday afternoon, June 15, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess, Central District of California in Los Angeles, denied CBS Broadcasting's application for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented ABC... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: The Studious Studio - Business Practices for Artists
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Christine Steiner The recent troubles of Knoedler Gallery, now airing in the press and later, presumably, in the courtroom, may shed some light on certain art world concerns - due diligence, gallery sale practices, sophisticated fakes/forgeries,... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLPS: Second Circuit Digs Its Heels Into Louboutin Dispute; Finds "Red Sole" Trademark Protectable, But Limited in Scope
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Tyler Baker and Ted Max On September 5, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited and highly anticipated decision in Christian Louboutin S.A. v. Yves Saint Laurent Am. Holding, Inc . , Docket No. 11... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: @theForefront: The Celebrity Fashion Tweet
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the current hyper-digital age is the ever-shrinking gap between the celebrity and everyman. Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the realm of the celebrity tweet. Twitter, the pervasive microblogging... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Life After Death - Right of Publicity Law
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Kathryn Hines and Christine Steiner Society is consumed with celebrity. We can survey Hollywood marriages and divorces, analyze Golden Globe wardrobe choices and comment upon the latest Lindsey Lohan foible. It is not surprising that many artists... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Companies Using Pinterest, Be Careful Not to Get Pricked
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Rachel Tarko Hudson Pinterest has seen its number of daily visitors increase by 145 percent since the beginning of 2012, now counting 11 million users on its site, according to recent reports. It is a powerful social media tool by any standard,... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Battle of the G's Rages On: Gucci's $124 Million Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Lawsuit Against Guess? Withstands Summary Judgment
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Shannon King The multi-million dollar trademark and trade dress dispute between Italian fashion label Gucci and American designer Guess?, Inc. ("Guess?") marches on toward trial as Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court... Read More