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COURT FINDS PRESS RELEASE WAS A “COMMERCIAL USE” IN RIGHT OF PUBLICITY CASE

A federal district court in California has refused to overturn a jury verdict in favor of General Charles Yeager on his statutory right of publicity claim against AT&T Mobility LLC, rejecting AT&T’s argument that a press release in which Yeager’s name was used could not be characterized as an advertisement under the California law.

BACKGROUND
The case arose when AT&T, then doing business as Cingular Wireless LLC, issued a press release on PRNewswire.com that mentioned Yeager. Specifically, the release stated, among other things, that: More…

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