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Michael Jordan Image In Magazine Is Protected Speech: Judge

Law360, New York (February 15, 2012, 9:44 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge found Wednesday that a 2009 magazine page that used NBA great Michael Jordan's image without his permission was a form of noncommercial speech protected by the First Amendment, a ruling that could eviscerate his $5 million lawsuit against grocer Supervalu Inc.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman refused to grant partial summary judgment to Jordan, who had argued that the undisputed facts demonstrated that Supervalu and its Jewel Food Stores Inc. subsidiary's use of a photo of Jordan's namesake basketball shoes in a...
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