WWE Uses 1st Amendment To Powerslam Publicity Rights Suit

Law360, New York (March 8, 2013, 3:04 PM EST) -- A Georgia federal judge ruled Thursday that World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. was protected by the First Amendment when it used the name and likeness of former wrestler “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers, knocking out a suit claiming the company violated Somers' publicity rights.

Comparing the situation to that of historical references to baseball players, U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob said the WWE was legally entitled to include Somers on its website because the public is constitutionally entitled to be informed about the history of events that...
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