Read the lawsuits: Producers vs. Michael Irvin; Yahoo vs. NFL players; Bill Clinton vs. cybersquatter

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Read the lawsuits: Producers vs. Michael Irvin; Yahoo vs. NFL players; Bill Clinton vs. cybersquatter

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 09:35AM PST

By Eriq Gardner


A little more desk-clearing on some lawsuits and decisions from the past week. Here are a couple complaints and one arbitration decision that caught our eye:

  • Quite a few lawsuits recently from people who claim ownership of an idea for a reality TV show. Here's one more: Three producers are suing former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Michael Irvin for allegedly stealing the idea for Spike TV's "Fourth and Long," which pits 12 aspiring professional football players against each other in various drills. Here's the complaint.
  • Will the legal trouble over fantasy sports leagues ever end? The latest dispute involves the NFL Players Association allegedly threatening Yahoo with litigation if it did not pay royalties for using player names and statistics in its fantasy football game. Yahoo has now filed a lawsuit in Minnesota—a favored jurisdiction for anybody fighting a rights of publicity sports case— asking for a declaration that it owes nothing. Here's the complaint.
  • Tony La Russa hopes his case against Twitter turns out better than Bill Clinton's cybersquatting case against a man who registered WilliamClinton.com, WilliamJClinton.com, and PresidentBillClinton.com. The former president, who ironically signed the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act into law when he was office, wasn't able to show his cybersquatter had "bad faith" in making these registrations. Here's the decision by the National Arbitration Forum.

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