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    NO MORE COURT TIME FOR JORDAN “JUMPMAN” COPYRIGHT DISPUTE

    Is there a better time than March Madness to talk about basketball?   The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a claim by photographer Jacobus Rentmeester that sports apparel company Nike infringed a copyright owned by Rentmeester.  The Plaintiff created this photograph – Michael Jordan airborne dunking a basketball – for a Life magazine article covering athletes who would soon feature in the 1984 Olympic Games.  Jordan, then a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina, would go on to play for the United States Men’s Basketball Team in the Olympics that summer. Nike later utilized a similar photograph of Jordan to create its…

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    Congratulations to Trey Lindley and Satie Munn

    Lindley Law is pleased to announce Trey Lindley was selected as a 2019 Super Lawyer in Estate and Trust Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine, making this his eighth consecutive honor from the publication. Lindley Law is also pleased to announce Satie Munn was selected as a 2019 Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine, her first such honor from the publication. Super Lawyers Magazine recognizes outstanding attorneys using a multi-step process that involves soliciting nominations from attorneys across North Carolina (lawyers are not allowed to vote for themselves), a third-party evaluation across 12 key categories, and a peer evaluation by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. Finalists have attained a high…

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    Can North Carolina Employers Compel Drug Testing and DNA Testing?

    In December 2018, a Phoenix, Arizona woman, who spent the last fourteen (14) years in a coma, gave birth to a healthy baby.  A police investigation concluded that, while in her comatose state, she had been raped multiple times.  The staff at the healthcare facility where she was a patient stated that no one knew she was pregnant until she went into labor.  In response to a search warrant issued to the employer, the employer requested that all male employees provide a DNA sample to determine whether the individual who impregnated the woman was a staff member.   Without question, the facts of this investigation are shocking.  However, it does…

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    The Buzz About Aldrin’s Competency

    On June 7, 2018, Buzz Aldrin, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and the second man to walk on the moon, filed a lawsuit against two of his children, Andrew and Janice Aldrin, and his former business manager, Christina Korp.  The lawsuit responds to a May 2018 Florida Court filing in which Andrew Aldrin, Janice Aldrin, and Christina Korp requested appointment as Buzz Aldrin’s legal guardians due to Buzz’s “cognitive decline” and his recent episodes of paranoia and confusion.  Buzz Aldrin’s lawsuit claims Andrew Aldrin and Christina Korp took control of his “personal credit cards, bank accounts, trust money, space memorabilia, space artifacts, social media accounts, and all elements of the…

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    Stormy Daniels and Uber: How Nondisclosure Agreements Affect Your Rights

    Lately the term “non-disclosure agreements” (or “NDAs”)  have inundated the news. These secretive agreements are now forefront in headlines about Stormy Daniels’ alleged affair with President Trump and Uber’s evolving corporate culture in response to claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. This has left many non-lawyers wondering: why do parties enter non-disclosure agreements and how do these agreements work? NDAs are contractual agreements designed to keep specified information confidential.  Such agreements list and/or describe the information prohibited from disclosure and the punishment for disclosing such information, often, a large sum of money known as liquidated damages.  Generally, parties are free to enter a non-disclosure agreement regarding any information, except that…

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    Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin’s Production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”: When Can Estates Sue and Be Sued?

    Famed Hollywood writer, director, and producer Aaron Sorkin is on the defending end of a lawsuit brought by Harper Lee’s estate.  The estate alleges that his adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” strays too far in the story and the development of some key characters from the original 1960 best selling book. In case you haven’t read it (spoiler alert), “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a favorite among attorneys and the general public alike. At its heart, it is the story of a wrongfully accused African-American man in 1930s Alabama. With prominent local attorney Atticus Finch as his defense counsel, both men struggle with the prejudice and…

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    The Limitations of Subpoenas: When are They Too Much?

    Have you or your company ever been subpoenaed by someone and you wonder, “wait, why am I being dragged into their mess?” It seems unfair. Why should you have to take time out of your busy day to help someone else either pursue or defend their own lawsuit? Let’s face it, most people don’t want to be involved in litigation of any kind, let alone someone else’s litigation. There’s nothing to be gained and only time and money to be lost. However, a North Carolina Business Court ruling last year made clear that non-parties to the case should not be unduly burdened with subpoena requests or required to turn over…

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    Don’t Let Legal Liability Cast a Shadow on Viewing the Solar Eclipse

    You’ve probably heard by now about the total solar eclipse that will pass over the United States on Monday, August 21st, 2017. The path of totality is approximately 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, touching fourteen different states. A partial eclipse will be visible in every U.S. state. To see how the eclipse will look in your area, click here. With millions of American expected to travel to the path of totality, it is one of the most highly anticipated solar events in recent memory. What you might not have considered, however, are the legal implications of the solar eclipse.   Don’t be an interloper. If…

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    Depositions 101: Eight Tips to Ease Your Mind

    The movie “The Social Network” used the depositions of Eduardo Saverin and the Winklevoss twins, who sued Mark Zuckerberg over the creation of Facebook, to tell its story. Depositions in real life are also used to hear one party’s side of the story so the attorneys know what to expect at trial.  Most people have never had their deposition taken and, like many parts of the legal process, it can be daunting to the uninitiated. Knowing what to expect can alleviate much of that worry.     What is a Deposition and Do I Need an Attorney?      At their core, depositions are merely a question and answer session between a person that has information…

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    A Closer Look at Lindley Law – A Conversation with Satie Munn

    Did you always want to be an attorney?             For a brief moment in middle school, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but then I discovered science was not my strongest subject, so that didn’t work out.  Growing up, I was always very determined.  I wouldn’t say “argumentative,” but my parents might beg to differ.  My mom and grandmom used to say that I would argue the sky isn’t blue because I stuck to my guns no matter what – they always said I’d be a lawyer.           In seventh grade, I went to Elizabeth Dole’s senatorial inauguration in D.C., which was…