The suit had claimed Pitbull violated Lohan’s right of publicity under New York law and caused the actress emotional distress with this song lyric: "So, I'm toptoein', to keep flowin', I got it locked up, like Lindsay Lohan." The Brooklyn, N.Y., federal judge found that the lyrics were protected speech. The use of an individual’s name without consent is not barred by New York law when the use is part of a First Amendment work of art, Hurley wrote in the opinion (PDF).
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Lohan Lawyer Sanctioned in Suit Over Rap Lyric
- Thursday, Mar 14 2013
- Below the Bar
- Written by Kurt Martin
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A lawyer for Lindsay Lohan suffered two court losses last week when a court dismissed the actress’s lawsuit against rapper Pitbull for a song lyric.
Senior U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley of Brooklyn, N.Y., tossed the unauthorized publicity suit and sanctioned Lohan’s lawyer $1,500 for conduct related to a cut-and-paste brief, the New York Daily News reports. The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq. blog broke the news, which was also picked up by E Online.
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