Company Legal & Law Matters

  • Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted?

    This past spring, Miami street artist David Anasagasti’s work started popping up in Japan and South America. It was the type of global exposure that Anasagasti didn’t want: American Eagle Outfitters had built an international advertising campaign around his best-known, oldest image—half-squinting,…

    The Atlantic
  • Lawyer In 'Smelly Washer' Suit Aims At Big Targets, Spends Real Money

    Back when attorney Jonathan Selbin was a University of Michigan undergrad, he and his dormmates discovered you couldn’t actually fit a 12-inch pizza in the box that came labeled as such from the local pizzeria. “But nobody sued over it,” says Selbin, who went on to Harvard Law and is now a partner…

    Forbes
  • How Naming Rights Can Go Wrong

    Take, for example, a donor Susan Frunzi worked with. Ms. Frunzi prepared a more detailed document that stated that the client's name had to be the sole name on the library in perpetuity. The president knew that if the mistake wasn't corrected, Ms. Frunzi's client had the right to sue the university…

    The Wall Street Journal
  • GM Recalls More Cars and Court Orders Company to Release Files

    General Motors Co. (GM) is not having a good weekend. Late on Friday a federal judge ordered the company to release documents related to the ignition switch defect recall, and then on Saturday GM revealed a recall of more than 200,000 cars to fix a brake problem that could cause a fire. GM posted…

    24/7 Wall St.
  • Should association reserves be invested in a non-FDIC-insured firm?

    Question: About six years ago our homeowner association was sued. Three of five board directors were also individually sued for breaching their fiduciary duties, causing big rises in our monthly fees. In addition to the insurer's attorneys defending the association, the three directors immediately…

    Los Angeles Times