Entertainment Litigation

Jackson Walker’s entertainment litigation attorneys handle every type of civil dispute pertaining to the entertainment industry, enabling our broad range of entertainment clients to solve their business challenges and protect their creative works. Our attorneys take an aggressive, but strategic, approach toward the protection and enforcement of our clients’ rights – from minor disputes to precedent-setting cases.

With a strong understanding of the entertainment industry’s various subsets, businesses, and nuances, Jackson Walker has extensive experience in litigation matters concerning rights ownership disputes, royalty disputes, idea submission disputes, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, cybersquatting, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) domain name disputes, right of privacy violations, defamation claims, and more.

Jackson Walker has represented businesses and individuals around the country at both the state and federal levels, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings before providers including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS), and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).

Jackson Walker has also served as go-to local counsel for premiere entertainment law firms out of New York and California for entertainment litigation pending in Texas courts.

While we are proud of our years of courtroom success, Jackson Walker attorneys bring their experience in the complex world of entertainment transactions and digital to bear to help clients craft deals and agreements with the goal of minimizing risk and resolving matters outside of litigation.

  • Defense and prosecution of copyright and trademark claims for various industry clients
  • Defense of various television networks and celebrities in defamation cases involving traditional and online media
  • Defense of major film studio in right of publicity case involving a successful feature film
  • Representation of film production company in dispute over film distribution agreement and royalty payments and accountings
  • Representation of producers in film production finance agreement disputes
  • Representation of large independent music publisher in multi-jurisdictional dispute over music catalog of prolific songwriter
  • Representation of entertainment company in dispute over ownership of new media technology for the music industry
  • Representation of concert promoter in artist performance agreement dispute
  • Representation of various commercial businesses against copyright licensing claims asserted by music and film performance rights organizations
  • Defense of major book publisher in copyright infringement suit
  • Representation of video game developer in First Amendment dispute
  • Defense of online service provider in multi-million dollar online photography copyright infringement suit
  • Defense of various entertainment and media companies in online photography cases involving claims of copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Defense of magazine publisher in trademark dispute with competitor
  • Defense of major reality television production company in suits involving unfair labor practice claims, including Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims
  • Local counsel to various entertainment industry clients in the prosecution or defense of copyright and trademark infringement claims brought in Texas
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June 24, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Rules High School Cheerleader Cannot Be Disciplined for Criticizing School’s Decision Keeping Her Off Varsity Team

By Stacy Allen
For the first time in over 50 years, a high school student has won a free speech case in the Supreme Court. In a narrow decision issued on June 23, 2021, an 8-1 majority (including all but Justice Clarence Thomas) ruled that a Pennsylvania high school could not punish a student for sending an off-color Snapchat to about 250 people in which she complained about not making the varsity cheerleading squad or getting her preferred softball team position.

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May 14, 2021

Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, James Carlos McFall, Eric Wong, and Lauren Ceckowski discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The free speech case involves a cheerleader’s Snapchat post and may provide insight on how the Court will rule on future social media cases.

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April 13, 2021

Wasif Qureshi Featured in ‘Texas Lawyer’ Discussing Roku’s $228M Patent Trial Victory

Houston partner Wasif Qureshi was quoted in this Texas Lawyer article discussing Jackson Walker’s representation of Roku, Inc. in a $228 million patent trial.

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October 30, 2020

US Supreme Court Grabs Attention of Tech Giants as Past Immunity Granted by Section 230 Is Called Into Question

By Trey McDonald | A recent Supreme Court decision garnered attention from tech companies as Justice Thomas welcomed the Court to consider whether the text of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act “aligns with the current state of immunity enjoyed by Internet platforms.”

March 25, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Allows States to be “Digital Blackbeards” – For Now

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that Congress lacked authority to abrogate the States’ immunity from copyright infringement suits in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990.

March 7, 2019

Two New Supreme Court Decisions Alter the Landscape for Litigating Copyright Infringement Cases

Copyright litigants should take note of the pair of unanimous decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on Monday, March 4, 2019: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com and Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA, Inc.

July 17, 2018

Bob Latham Shares Insights About Conor McGregor Court Hearing

On June 13, 2018, Jackson Walker litigator Bob Latham was featured in MMA Weekly and Yahoo! Sports discussing the charges against Conor McGregor and his predictions about the hearing that took place on the following day.

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