Our firm has decades of experience and a long record of securing favorable results for our entertainment clients through litigation. We can confidently represent you in court or negotiate a settlement on your behalf as the situation calls for, regardless of who we are up against.
Class Action Lawsuits
Our firm has pioneered the use of class action mechanisms in the entertainment industry, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars from record labels, film studios, and professional guilds on behalf of artists. If your industry has been wronged, we can help you seek collective justice.
If you believe you are not being honestly accounted to by your business partners or employers, our team will carefully evaluate your contracts and compare your agreed-upon compensation structure to your actual compensation received. Our seasoned entertainment law attorneys will demand that you be paid what you are owed, and our reputation as unflinching litigators ensures that such demands will be taken seriously.
Copyrights and Trademarks
Our knowledgeable intellectual property attorneys can evaluate your existing copyrights and trademarks, identify areas of concern, and resolve pending disputes. Whether you are accused of infringing another firm’s rights or your rights are being infringed by another firm, we can provide the strong advocacy you need. We strive to protect your company’s stability in order to ensure its long-term success.
Rights Of Privacy And Publicity
Under California law, you have a right to control the commercial use of your name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness. At Johnson & Johnson, LLP, we regularly represent actors, models, professional athletes, musicians, and other public figures whose identities were used without their permission for another party’s commercial gain. However, these rights are available to all Californians, regardless of their level of fame or notoriety, and we have vast experience helping private citizens and fledgling talent enforce their publicity rights.
The entertainment industry runs on contracts, requiring a sophisticated understanding of the specialized terms that go into each deal. However, many transactional attorneys who draft these documents only think about how their drafting will fare at the negotiation table, not if it ever ends up in front of a judge — as so many entertainment contracts do. Our deep courtroom experience allows us to bulletproof client deals with keen litigation foresight.
From small start-ups to major entertainment ventures, our attorneys have decades of experience resolving complex business disputes. We carefully review your matter to provide strategic advice and a zealous advocate, whether working to negotiate a favorable settlement or asserting your rights in litigation and arbitration. Trust our team to provide you with peace of mind and protect your firm’s long-term success.
Defamation, Media And First Amendment Law
For decades, our firm’s founding partners have been at the forefront of reputational litigation, frequently representing individuals and companies seeking protection from injurious commentary, helping them protect their public images, and promoting their long-term success. Our extensive experience in media law allows us to guide you through its complexities and protect your rights within the boundaries of First Amendment jurisprudence.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Tangible property is not always a company’s greatest asset. In many cases, and particularly within the entertainment industry, a firm’s copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets carry substantial value. Our firm has decades of experience assisting clients with securing their intellectual property in order to deter infringers, preserve our clients’ distinctive brands, and maintain their competitive advantage.
A lot is at stake when you and your business partner decide how to operate your company, share profits, and divide responsibilities. While partnerships begin with the best of intentions, it remains easy for this relationship to sour when disputes arise between partners. We work with clients to resolve these distracting disputes, allowing them to return to day-to-day operations without fear of their success being in jeopardy.
Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (“SLAPP” suits) have been one of the most rapidly evolving areas of law in California since the passage of its landmark anti-SLAPP act in 1992, which allows for special motions to strike lawsuits that impinge on protected speech or conduct. Whether you are thinking of bringing such a motion or are on the receiving end of one, our attorneys can help guide you through the many complexities these actions present.