After reversal, Appeals Court affirms $3M judgment against MTSU

Supreme Court overturned reversal, remanded for determination of damages
Mar 17, 2015 1:34 PM

New business court to be introduced in Davidson County

Supreme Court orders creation of pilot project
Mar 16, 2015 12:59 PM

Permit Patrol: 16 March 2015

Lab work for Aegis in Metro Center, Hill Center Sylvan Heights lands permit, VU frat house gets update, and more...
Mar 16, 2015 6:00 AM

From The Rumor File: Reese Witherspoon wants to open a boutique hotel in her home town?

US Weekly is reporting that Nashville native and Harpeth Hall alumna Reese Witherspoon may be walking the line to open a boutique hotel in Nashville:

They’ve gone down a few times to look at properties,” the insider tells Us of the power couple, who already own a $2 million home in the area.

But don’t book your travel just yet.

According to the source, the husband and wife duo, who are parents to 2-year-old son Tennessee, are still figuring things out.

“They’ve met with an architect and decorator, but they haven’t officially signed everything yet,” the source explains.


Yes, this is unsourced wild speculation at this point (Vanity Fair has weighed in, too). But perhaps as a hint that she is indeed in hot pursuit of local property, Witherspoon posted a picture of herself in front of some property somewhere on Instagram with the hashtag #SecretProject (anyone recognize the building? Is it in Music City or a far off place?).
 
 
Mar 13, 2015 2:00 PM

Patterson adds associate

Former patent examiner joins from D.C. firm
Mar 12, 2015 11:11 AM

Eric Church sues unknown merchandise counterfeiters

Court gives country star broad power to seize fake goods
Mar 11, 2015 1:23 PM

Real estate notes: Mathews makes Rock Block purchase, Lonnie's leaving Alley, and more...

Also: Blackstone buys in Cool Springs; California company picks up North Gulch building
Mar 11, 2015 10:57 AM

Nashville lawyer wins big judgment for Marvin Gaye relatives

Nashville-based King & Ballow attorney Richard Busch won a $7.4 million judgment for the adult children of the late Marvin Gaye in a copyright-infringement case against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for plagiarising Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up" for their 2013 chart-topper "Blurred Lines."

Busch called an expert who identified eight distinct elements in "Got To Give It Up" that were copied in "Blurred Lines" and, in his closing argument, implored the jury to recognize that Thicke and Williams "took ['Got To Give It Up'] for themselves."

For their part, Thicke and Williams denied ripping off Gaye. Indeed, Thicke said he hardly contributed to the writing process. Williams said he was inspired by the feel of Gaye and the late 70s, but did not copy the song (rapper TI was a third named defendant, but the jury held him harmless).

Interestingly, the jury never actually heard Gaye's recording, because copyright law at the time of its recording did not allow copyrighting of recorded music, so the judge ruled the jury could only hear it as it was registered with the Library of Congress: as sheet music.

Even with such a potential disadvantage, Busch won.

After trial, he said he would immediately file an injunction preventing sales of the Grammy-winning "Blurred Lines."

Mar 11, 2015 6:45 AM

Winter weather doesn't dampen February home sales

Strong market continues with best February since '07
Mar 9, 2015 10:49 AM

Permit Patrol: 9 March 2015

WeHo work for Corsair, Saint Thomas Midtown renovations continue, and more...
Mar 9, 2015 6:53 AM