The Ticktin Minute February 16, 2017 – Exceeding Expectations for an Entertainment Law Client
Exceeding Expectations for an Entertainment Law Client
Recently, Attorney Michael Vater was able to successfully negotiate on behalf of one of our entertainment law clients, contracts for five actors to appear in multiple television commercials which will be aired across the country. In addition to recruiting some talent who had previously been champions in the National Physique Committee, Inc. competitions, Michael was able to customize and tailor the contracts to meet our client’s needs. These contracts had to include special provisions as the actors were going to be utilizing weight training machines and were going to be engaged in strenuous exercise throughout the 30 second ads. By utilizing the services of The Ticktin Law Group, the firm was able to meet our client’s goals of having top talent perform in the commercial, but also kept our client’s project within the budget parameters.
At The Ticktin Law Group, one of our 3 C’s of our mission statement in regards to representation is cost-effectiveness. By being a cost-effective law firm, we are smart both legally and in regards to how we spend our clients’ money. At The Ticktin Law Group, it is often necessary to have our lawyers go beyond the borders of Florida and appear all across the United States and even internationally for projects on behalf of our clients. An example of being cost-effective occurred earlier this month, when Attorney Vater went from Florida to Connecticut to Nevada to Oregon and finally to Washington. This was able to save our clients and the firm funds by piggy-backing the trips, thus reducing the unnecessary of cost of individually going back and forth to each location.
Entertainment law requires a focused approach to each specific client situation. Remember, for a cost-effective entertainment law representation; please contact The Ticktin Law Group, “the lawyers you want between you and your problems”.
The Ticktin Minute October 13, 2016 – Motion to Dismiss Denied by Federal Court in Defamation and Libel Case!
This week the Southern District Federal Court ruled in favor of The Ticktin Law Group in a federal defamation lawsuit. Specifically, the South District Federal Court denied a national television network’s Motion to Dismiss our pending lawsuit. In our lawsuit, are alleging that the TV network and its producers defamed and slandered our clients. Defamation is the action of damaging the good reputation of someone. Under common law, to constitute defamation, a claim must generally be false and must have been made to someone other than the person defamed.
The defamation case we are pursuing stems from the airing of a reality crime series that aired on cable television, and was seen by millions of viewers. In the episode, the Defendant wrongfully indicated that our “innocent” clients were involved in an insurance fraud scheme. Going as far as showing our clients billboard on the TV episode. We allege that this action has damaged our client’s good reputation to millions of viewers in the public.
The Southern District Federal Court agreed with our position, and is now allowing the case to move forward. The case is being watched by many legal experts, as well as 1st amendment advocates, constitutional lawyers, and defamation attorneys. The case has even received some national attention, and has already been featured on TMZ. This case may create new Federal Law on the issue of journalists and defamation and libel.
Managing Attorney Jamie Alan Sasson is working on the case, and co-counsel for The Ticktin Law Group, Mr. Bradford Cohen is the lead counsel on the case, and argued before the Court. This was a great victory for The Ticktin Law Group!
If you have a defamation, slander, libel case, or other tort matter contact the attorneys of The Ticktin Law Group today for your complimentary preliminary consultation!
Managing Attorney, Jamie Alan Sasson, Wins a Punitive Damages Hearing
Another punitive damages win just happened for the firm! The Ticktin Law Group previously wrote regarding a case that the firm has been handling as case in which a client’s former partner forged legal purchase and sale documents, and thus was able to effectuate the sale of property, without the client’s consent. Forgery is described as the act of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art without the consent of the owner. In most cases, forgery amounts to Fraud.
Last week, Attorney Jamie Alan Sasson won a hearing in Pinellas County. Pinellas County is located near Tampa on the west coast of Florida. In the hearing, Mr. Sasson sought to receive an award of punitive damages in additional to the traditional compensatory damages courts typically award. The Court ultimately ruled that The Ticktin Law Group’s client can now seek an award of punitive damages at trial. After a one hour hearing, the Court agreed with Mr. Sasson’s position that the Defendant had acted with malicious “nasty” intent, allowing the Plaintiff to seek Punitive Damages. Punitive damages allow the Plaintiff to seek damages that exceed simple compensation and are awarded to punish the defendant. Punitive damage awards are only granted in extraordinary circumstances where one party acts with egregious behavior. They are also known as exemplary damages.
This case will likely go to trial in April of 2017, and now the Defendant is required to turn over his financial statements and net worth information to Mr. Sasson since the Jury can now can award up to 10 percent of his net worth to the Plaintiff, as well as an additional punitive damage award (due to the punitive damages win!).
If you have a problem with your business partner, or anyone who you have a conflict with, please contact The Ticktin Law Group, and allow us to use our knowledge and training to help you in your legal matter.
The Ticktin Minute September 22, 2016 – Managing Partner Wins Hearing in Tampa on a Business Litigation Case
This month, our managing partner, Attorney Jamie Alan Sasson traveled to Tampa to handle a complex commercial litigation matter for one of our clients. After two days of lengthy hearings, Jamie was able to successfully defeat the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment. A summary judgment (also referred to judgment as a matter of law) is a judgment entered by a court for one party and against another party without a full trial. Such a judgment may be issued on the merits of an entire case, or on discrete issues in that case. If a summary judgment is granted as to any of the issues of the case, or the entire case, then the case is over in favor of the party who filed the motion. If summary judgment is not granted, the litigation continues. Now, since we won on the summary judgment, our client’s case can be set for a jury trial in the spring.
The case involves a business litigation case where our clients who were scammed out of close to 1.3 million dollars by their former business partner. Our clients bought an assisted living facility with their partner (who they are now suing), and after ten years of owning the facility, their business partner decided to sell the property, without our client’s knowledge, and without their consent. Once the property was sold, the business partner then paid himself the bulk of the profits, and our clients lost their entire investment. Even worse, the partner forged documents to the title company, claiming that he had the authority to sell the property, and that he was authorized, when no such authorization had ever been given.
The complaint filed by The Ticktin Law Group alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy to defraud, and constructive fraud. This is a great example of the Ticktin Law Group taking on a complex case, and moving it toward trial, so that our clients can get the justice that they deserve.
If you or someone you know has a business litigation matter, contact the attorneys of The Ticktin Law Group for a free consultation.
Ticktin Minute June 20, 2016 – Another Big Win for Ticktin and TTLG Sports and Entertainment Representation
Bruce Burk Hones Foreclosure Defense Strategy with Another Big Win for The Ticktin Law Group
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – The old adage about the devil being in the details could not be more true as TTLG attorney, Bruce Burk racks up another foreclosure dismissal. “Prove it” was the clear message sent to banks across the state this week as the Ticktin Law Group attorney was able once again, to prove through research and persistence that a bank did not have the proper documentation and therefor no legal authority to foreclose on our client’s property. In what is called a “Lost Note” dismissal, Burk was able to force the bank to admit that they did not, in fact, have all the proper documentation to pursue foreclosure in this case. If you find yourself facing foreclosure, it pays to have an attorney on your side who won’t just tread water until a bank offers a loan modification, but will fight continually for your rights and always act in your interest.
Do You Need Legal Representation if You Already Have an Agent?
There is a common and somewhat widespread misunderstanding in regards to how professional agents and representation works, especially where celebrities and sports athletes are concerned. It is true that the overwhelming majority of professional athletes and celebrities in general have some form of primary representation, but what is often less considered until it is too late is what happens when that limelight begins to fade and the job offers requiring top level agency become fewer and further between. This week’s blog from TTLG attorney, Michael Vater, discusses how a strong legal team may work to protect its client both during and after this transition.
The answer to a question that is often asked is “yes,” most professional athletes do have an agent who assists in locating work. But when those big jobs turn into smaller and smaller affairs, that is when comprehensive legal representation becomes necessary to enforce agreements or develop a plan to get them out of a bad situation.
As a sports and entertainment attorney, I have been involved in several instances ensuring that professional contracts are adhered to, and making sure that our clients are not taken advantage of by corporations or mistreated by an opposing party. Unfortunately, like many things in life, waiting to take action to protect yourself or your interests may lead to a more complicated or unfavorable resolution to your situation so we always encourage those who may find themselves facing these situations to contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
Having a dream team of lawyers that can help protect your interests and rights regarding public appearances, television and film is not only welcomed, but expected as a client attains a certain status within the public eye. What is less realized or spoken of is that as an individual’s celebrity begins to wane in earnest, far too many may find themselves on the wrong side of a business deal with nowhere to turn to in order to protect themselves and their interests against those who would seek to profit and exploit their circumstances for personal or professional gain.
At The Ticktin Law Group, our attorneys understand the complexities with promotional endorsement contracts as well as television and film contracts. Whether you are starring in your fifth summer blockbuster or thousandth sports convention appearance, the attorneys at the Ticktin Law Group ALWAYS put the interests of the client first. If you or someone you know are a professional athlete or celebrity that finds yourself in a compromising situation or deal, send as an email or give us a call and get our team of accomplished attorneys in the corner fighting for you.