Here’s a piece of legal research and writing advice for law students an attorneys alike: Don’t copy stuff willy-nilly and submit it to the Court as part of a memorandum of law. Oh, and Shepardize (or KeyCite, or whatever Bloomberg uses as a verb for their citator) your cases. The ABA Journal reports on a case where Lindsey Lohan sued a rapper for using her name in a song. She claimed it violated her rights of publicity. The trial court found that using a name in an artwork was protected speech under the First Amendment. The defendants, however, asked for sanctions because significant portions of the memorandum in opposition was taken from another brief in an unrelated case (and not really on point) along with uncited portions of web content and articles.
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