Judge Kills R&B Singer's 'Soul Men' Suit Against MGM, Others

Law360, Los Angeles (May 23, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT) -- A Tennessee federal judge on Wednesday threw out singer Sam Moore's trademark suit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., The Weinstein Co. and others over Moore's 1967 hit song "Soul Man," saying the First Amendment protects the filmmakers behind the 2008 comedy film "Soul Men."

U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger issued a detailed 98-page ruling granting the defendants' motion for summary judgment of the case Wednesday, explaining that Moore's Lanham Act claim for unfair competition is "plainly barred by the First Amendment," which protects expressive titles unless...
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