Appeals Court Keeps Ball In Play For NFL Suit

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a ruling that the National Football League violated Pennsylvania's rights of publicity law when it used the voice of a sports broadcasting legend in a broadcast but has remanded the Lanham Act claims in the same case.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said that the federal copyright law does not preempt the claim by the estate of John Facenda. The estate claims that the NFL wrongly used...
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