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

They Can't Go For That (Oh No): Hall & Oates-Haulin' Oats case has Nashville connection

Duo sues NYC company for alleged trademark infringement; name's-the-same local company in the clear
Mar 6, 2015 11:24 AM

Direct Taxation: Appeals court reverses satellite-provider tax decision

Judges find difference in cable and satellite taxes passes constitutional muster
Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM

Permit Patrol: 2 March 2015

Work continues at HCA tower, airport lands skylight, a Saint Thomas West wing, and more...
Mar 2, 2015 6:00 AM

Permit Patrol: 23 February 2015

Balfour Beatty work at Crescent Music Row site underway, Solomon to build bear exhibit for zoo, and more...
Feb 23, 2015 6:00 AM