Film Cos. Say '50/50' Lanham Act Suit Is Frivolous

Law360, New York (June 6, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT) -- Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. and others behind indie comedy film "50/50" urged an Illinois federal court Tuesday to toss a Florida music company’s trademark infringement suit over the film’s title, arguing it was a constitutionally protected freedom of artistic expression.

Calling Eastland Music Group LLC’s claims under the Lanham Act a “distorted interpretation of the law,” Lionsgate, its studio Mandate Pictures LLC and the film's distributor Summit Entertainment LLC contended the suit should be dismissed for failure to state a claim.

“The [U.S.] Constitution and the applicable...
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