Won a summary judgment dismissing a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Beyoncé, Sony BMG and the co-writers and publishers of “Baby Boy.” The court found that Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning song “Baby Boy” did not infringe the plaintiff’s copyright. The decision was affirmed on appeal in all respects. Armour v. Knowles, 2006 WL 2713787 (S.D. Tex. filed Sep 21, 2006), aff’d, 512 F.3d 147 (5th Cir. 2007) (per curiam).
Won the dismissal of a client from a $30 million Civil Rights Act race discrimination suit when federal court granted the client’s motion to dismiss.
Originally published November 30, 2010 on EntertainmentLitigation.com
THR-ESQ reports that Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York has issued some rulings in the case brought by Marvel Entertainment against the Estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who, along with Stan Lee, created some of the best known superheros such as Iron Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man. Kirby’s heirs served copyright termination notices, and Marvel filed a declaratory judgment action claiming the characters were works made for hire.