1st Amendment Bars 'Gangland' Likeness Suit, A&E Says

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A&E Television Networks LLC sought to dismiss a suit in California on Monday that accuses producers of the documentary series “Gangland” of imperiling a gang member's life by broadcasting his face and nickname, arguing the decision to use the subject's likeness is protected free speech.

A&E told U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford that the First Amendment protected “Gangland” producers who paid the plaintiff — whose name was redacted in the complaint — $300 for an on-camera interview and allegedly promised to conceal his identity....
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