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    “THE MARATHON CONTINUES” BUT THE LITIGATION DOESN’T: NIPSEY HUSSLE’S ESTATE SETTLES FIVE-MONTH LEGAL BATTLE WITH CRIPS LLC OVER TRADEMARK

    American rapper Nipsey Hussle was tragically murdered on March 31, 2019, outside of his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles.  The word “Marathon” was used in several areas of Hussle’s professional career, including a record titled “The Marathon Continues,” released in November 2011.  While Hussle owned several trademarks for various “Marathon” terms and phrases during his life, he never obtained a trademark for “The Marathon Continues.”  Soon after Hussle’s untimely death, Crips LLC—an entity related to the California-based gang—swooped in and applied to register the trademark.  Less than two weeks later, Hussle’s brother Samiel Asghedom also applied to register the trademark on behalf of Hussle’s estate, acting in his…

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    COURT ORDERS PUBLIC RELEASE OF OFFICER NAMES IN VANESSA BRYANT INVASION OF PRIVACY LAWSUIT—WOULD HER CLAIM BE SUCCESSFUL IN NORTH CAROLINA?

    On September 17, 2020, Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in California against Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, alleging multiple causes of action including invasion of privacy, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  The lawsuit arises out of circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and their daughter, Gianna.  Specifically, Vanessa’s claims relate to the actions of multiple deputies, who captured and distributed graphic photos from the crash scene of the deceased victims.  “[O]ne deputy took between 25 and 100 photos on his personal cell phone—including some focused solely on the victims’ remains.”  Sheriff Alex Villanueva…

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    MARIAH CAREY’S BROTHER, MORGAN, SUES HER FOR DEFAMATION AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS

    Morgan Carey is suing his younger sister and famous singer, Mariah Carey, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress related to stories recounted in her recently released memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.  The lawsuit focuses on several passages from her book, of which one reads: “It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room. I was a little girl with very few memories of a big brother who protected me. More often, I felt I had to protect myself from him, and sometimes I would find myself protecting my…

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    HOW DO MENTALLY INCOMPETENT PERSONS PURSUE/DEFEND LAWSUITS?

    Elder abuse often includes financial crimes that are, most frequently, crimes of opportunity because the senior has diminished mental capacity.  What is an elder to do if she finds herself the victim of fraud, particularly if she does not have the wherewithal to protect herself? Or the converse, can an incompetent person be sued? Some states prohibit an incompetent person from being a named party, particularly a Defendant.  However, North Carolina is in the majority of states which allow individuals deemed incompetent to be names as a party to a lawsuit, and outlines a process for doing so. Pursuant to Rule 17 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure,…

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    LARRY KING LEAVES THREE SENTENCE, HANDWRITTEN WILL FOR THE BENEFIT OF HIS FIVE CHILDREN

    Legendary journalist and radio host Larry King passed away on January 23, 2021 at the age of 87 after his hospitalization in December for COVID-19.  According to his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick King, he ultimately succumbed to a sepsis infection after surviving the coronavirus. King wrote his will on October 17, 2019, two months after filing for divorce against Southwick King and it reads as follows: This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings. In the event of my death, any day after the above date I want 100% of my funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr., Chance &…

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY LINDLEY AND SATIE MUNN FOR THEIR SELECTIONS IN SUPER LAWYERS MAGAZINE

    Lindley Law is pleased to announce its recognition by the 2021 edition of  Super Lawyers. Trey Lindley was selected as one of only four 2021 Super Lawyers in Estate and Trust Litigation, his fourth consecutive year receiving this award.  Trey was previously recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012 through 2017, making this his tenth consecutive honor from the publication.  Satie Munn was selected as one of only three 2021 Rising Stars in the Estate and Trust Litigation category.  This is Satie’s third consecutive year receiving the award for Rising Star in Estate and Trust Litigation. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys by state…

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    JUDGE BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON AGENCY’S CONTRACT WITH ZION WILLIAMSON AND THROWS IT OUT FOR TECHNICAL FOULS

    While still a college basketball player at Duke University, Zion Williamson signed an agency agreement with Prime Sports Marketing and its founder, Gina Ford.  Six weeks later, Williamson announced he found a better deal and was (fast) breaking the contract to team up with another agent.  He then filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina seeking a declaratory judgment that his contract with Prime Sports Marketing and Ford was void as a matter of law. Six days later, Ford filed suit in Florida seeking $100 million in punitive damages, while also claiming Prime Sports Marketing sent Williamson’s stepfather $100,000 as an advance on his earnings and that he…

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY LINDLEY FOR BEING ELECTED TO BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA MAGAZINE’S “LEGAL ELITE”

    Lindley Law is pleased to announce Trey Lindley’s election to Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite in Litigation for 2021. Business North Carolina magazine sends ballots to all active North Carolina lawyers asking them for the state’s best practitioners in their respetive fields.  This year fewer than 4% of North Carolina’s 28,000 active attorneys were selected as Elite and Trey was recognized in the field of Litigation.

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    THE HOLIDAYS: A PERFECT TIME TO CONSIDER, AND PREVENT, ELDER ABUSE: PART 2

      Financial abuse of elder Americans is considered by some to be “the crime of the century” since it amounts to as much as $30 billion per year in losses.  One study found 37% of seniors are affected by abuse over any five-year period, which can result in them skipping meals or medications to compensate for the shortfall or, worse yet, losing their homes.  Given the sheer numbers of baby boomers aging and living longer, not to mention folks over 50 controlling more than 70% of the nation’s wealth, we can only expect this trend to surge—increased dementia rates follow longer lifespans. In the first part of this series, we…

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    THE HOLIDAYS: A PERFECT TIME TO CONSIDER, AND PREVENT, ELDER ABUSE, Part 1

    Financial abuse of elder Americans is considered by some to be “the crime of the century” since it amounts to as much as $30 billion per year in losses and, statistically, few culprits are ever held accountable.  One study found 37% of seniors are affected by abuse over any five-year period, which can result in them skipping meals or medications to compensate for the shortfall or, worse yet, losing their homes.  Given the sheer numbers of baby boomers aging and living longer, not to mention folks over 50 controlling more than 70% of the nation’s wealth, we can only expect this trend to surge—increased dementia rates follow longer lifespans. Like…