May 15, 2018 EASL Spring Meeting


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

Herrick, Feinstein LLP 
2 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

Cost to Attend: EASL Members: $50.00 | NYSBA (Non-EASL) Members: $100.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $200.00 | NYSBA Law Students: $25.00 

5.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice. This program in not transitional, and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys


1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law

This discussion of recent court cases will cover such topics, among others, as trademark cancellation claims against celebrity brand managers, entertainment industry litigation-funding disputes, timeliness of fraud claims by TV show producers, limits on former members’ ability to use band names, objection clauses in reality-show release agreements, Lanham Act claims over TV series titles, trademark claims over phrases from songs, interplay between discovery requests and statute of limitations in copyright infringement litigation, personal jurisdiction over attorneys in entertainment malpractice litigation, and attempts to depose general counsel in entertainment brand-licensing battles.
Speaker: Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance 

2:55 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. Recent Developments in The Right of Publicity

This panel will provide an overview of the right of publicity, first statutorily recognized by the State of New York in 1903 and its  continuing evolution, including discussion of current high-profile litigation  involving Lindsay Lohan and Lifetime Television, and currently proposed New York State legislative action that would make substantial modification in existing law.  The moderator will be Sandra Baron, former Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center and current Senior Fellow, Information Society Project at Yale School of Law. 

Moderator: Sandra Baron, Esq., Senior Fellow, Information Society Project and Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School

Jeremy Feigelson, Esq.,
 Litigation Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton and Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Sarah A. Howes, Esq., Director and Counsel, Government Affairs and Public Policy, SAG-AFTRA
Edward Rosenthal, Esq., Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and Chair, Intellectual Property and Litigation 
Cameron Stracher, Esq., Stracher Law

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sports Gambling in the United States -- PASPA and Beyond

A moderated panel discussion will focus on developments in US sports gambling, including one of the most anticipated decisions of the current Supreme Court term in Murphy v. NCAA, which remains to be issued.  This decision may ultimately decide the fate of sports gambling in the US and has the potential to create major changes for governments, regulators and gaming advocates alike.  The case involves New Jersey’s challenge to the nationwide ban on federal sports gambling known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act -- PASPA.  There are several possible outcomes for the case, which may be decided in advance of the spring meeting, each of which presents its own unique subset of questions that will need to be answered depending upon how the Justices rule.

Moderator: Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg News Sports Business Reporter

Anthony J. Dreyer, Esq.,
Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation and Sports Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Daniel Etna, Esq., Partner, Corporate Department and Co-Chair Sports Law Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Bennett M. Liebman, Esq., Government Lawyer-in-Residence at Albany Law School; formerly Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing
Audrey Sheetz, Esq., Associate, Litigation Department, at Herrick, Feinstein LLP

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception 

For question about the program: Sydney Joy 

To register over the phone call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452