Judge Axes Olympians' Publicity Rights Suit Against Samsung

Law360, Los Angeles (December 14, 2012, 9:59 PM EST) -- A California judge on Thursday tossed a lawsuit brought by swimming legend Mark Spitz and other famous U.S. Olympic athletes accusing Samsung Corp. of misappropriating their likenesses for profit, saying a Facebook application with their images was not a form of advertising designed to drive Samsung sales.

The Olympians' suit fell at its first legal hurdle as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan granted an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss their claims on the grounds that the U.S Olympic Genome Project app was protected speech catering...
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