Since I am coming back from a holiday/vacation, I thought I would just jump right in with some legal news. No, I don’t feel like this, even if tempted!
Instead… here we go! This blog includes lawsuit news and a product recall.
First, a lawsuit filed by Reese Witherspoon. (Inside Counsel) Emitations.com ran an ad with a picture of Witherspoon and a caption that read: ” Do you know my name?”. It was an advertisement to sell online jewelry. Clearly using her likeness for marketing. (below without the wording)
Witherspoon’s lawsuit says that she did not give the company any permission to use her likeness. By using her picture, it has exploited her name and face to sell jewelry. The picture is also an advertisement for a ring that is a copy of her engagement ring, as shown in the picture. I guess I am helping the online jeweler by even mentioning their site and the lawsuit.
Next item is a recall from Cracker Barrel. “Angel’s Touch Collections” Recalls Butterfly and Shell Lamps Due to Shock and Fire Hazards. I normally would not focus on a lamp recall but I enjoy shopping at Cracker Barrel! Maybe we should just stick with the mints, hats and sweaters. Anyway, here is the recall notice (I know, recalls can be like dry cereal) :
“This recall involves “Butterfly Clip Light” (SKU# 416593) and “Shell Clip Light” (SKU #416955) lamps that feature a Tiffany-style stained glass shade resembling a seashell or a multicolored butterfly. Both lamps use a 7-watt type C bulb and have a plug-in cord with a cord-mounted on/off thumb-switch. The SKU number can be found on the product’s packaging”
Finally, a report on the dismissal of a libel lawsuit that was filed by a former NBC reporter against a CBS station. (Chicago Tribune) A Judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by news reporter Amy Jacobson. She was fired by her NBC station in 2007 after a rival CBS affiliate had aired a report that showed her in a bathing suit at the home of a person of interest, in a prominent criminal case that had been regularly reported on by all local stations.
CBS showed her at an apparent pool party at the home of Craig Stebic. He had been the subject of speculation relating to the curious disappearance of his wife. In a nine-page ruling, Judge Jeffrey Lawrence stated that Jacobson had failed to show that CBS had fabricated unfavorable content about her. He also noted that critical comments and other materials in the CBS story were “constitutionally protected expressions of opinion”.
She still has not been found and no one has been charged. One of those news stories that makes you go hmm.
And for pic o’ day, we stay with “evidence”: