Judge Sides With Lionsgate, Kills '50/50' Trademark Suit

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed allegations that Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. and others behind the indie comedy film "50/50" infringed the trademark rights of a Florida-based self-described entertainment company, finding that the movie title deserved First Amendment protection.

U.S. District Judge George W. Lindberg dismissed a Lanham Act suit lodged by Eastland Music Group LLC and its manager, Raynarldo Whitty, agreeing with an argument made by Lionsgate that the film and its title met the requirements for First Amendment protection as artistic expression. The judge...
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