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Gignilliat v. Gignilliat, Savitz&Bettis, L.L.P., 684 S.E.2d 756, 759 (S.C. 2009)
Argued a case in the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding the question of whether South Carolina recognizes a person's "right of publicity." This right, in summary, allows a person to prevent another from using his name or likeness for monetary gain, without permission or compensation. The court held that South Carolina does recognize this right, and further, that the right has a post-mortem component.
Crocs, Inc. and Ocean Minded, Inc. v. Ocean Moody Creations, LLC., Opposition No. 91182962
March 2008 – February 2009
Successfully represented Ocean Moody Creations, LLC. in a Trademark Opposition proceeding against Crocs, Inc. and Ocean Minded Inc., resulting in partial cancellation of U.S. Registration No. 2,282,012 for OCEAN MINDED, owned by Ocean Minded Inc., a company owned by Crocs, Inc.
Anthony Dash v. Floyd Mayweather, Jr, World Wrestling Entertainment, et al., Case No. 3:2010cv01036.
April 2010 – April 2014
Copyright infringement case in Federal Court, 4th Circuit (South Carolina) against boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and World Wrestling Entertainment. The plaintiff alleges that Mr. Mayweather used a version of his song for entrance music to a WWE pay-per-view event called Wrestlemania 24.
Joni-Johnson Godsy v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC., et al., Case No. 6:12-CV-03326-MJW
July 2012 – May 2013
Represented Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC., and Kimlor Mills, Inc. in a copyright infringement case in Federal Court in the Western District of Missouri, resulting in mutually agreed settlement between the parties.
The J.M. Smucker Company vs. Bull’s Eye Brands Inc., Opposition No. 91209961
March 2013 – September 2013
Represented Bull's Eye Brands in Trademark Opposition regarding their SMACKERS trademark application, resulting in mutually agreed settlement between the parties.