'Soul Men' Suit Against MGM Survives Dismissal Bid

Law360, New York (May 13, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit over the 2008 Weinstein brothers comedy “Soul Men” brought by the artist behind the 1967 song “Soul Man,” shooting down MGM Studios Inc.'s arguments that the film is protected by the First Amendment.

Musician Sam Moore's claims of trademark dilution and violations of his right of publicity will survive, at least pending more discovery, Judge Aleta Trauger of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled Wednesday.

Freedom of speech does not provide the...
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