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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Imus Might Sue CBS for Breach of Contract

As most readers presumably know, Don Imus was fired from CBS last month after he made "racially insensitive remarks" about the Rutgers women's basketbal team. Rumors are circulating that Imus might sue CBS for $40 million for breach of contract. Apparently Imus' argument is that the contract encouraged him to be "controversial" and "irreverant" and CBS promised him a warning before it could fire him.

Tonight, CNN's Anderson Cooper was boasting "exclusive access" to Imus' contract. CNN reports this excerpt from the contract:

"Company [CBS Radio] acknowledges its familiarity with the program Conducted by Artist [Imus] on the station [WFAN] prior to company's ownership thereof and it, and its familiarity with the reviews and comments, both favorable and unfavorable concerning Artist and his material by critics, reviewers and writers of the various media both in New York and nationally. Company acknowledges that Artist's services to be rendered hereunder are of a unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial and personal character and that programs of the same general type and nature containing these components are desired by Company and are consistent with Company rules and policies."

Interesting contract-related development. Certainly, copies of the entire contract should surface soon. Stay tuned.

[Meredith R. Miller]

May 2, 2007 in In the News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Generalized Economic Interest: No Defense to Tortious Interference

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It was previously noted that, last month, White Plains Coat & Apron v. Cintas was argued before the New York Court of Appeals.  (For a recap of the facts: see the original post).  The Second Circuit had certified the following question to New York's highest court:

“Does a generalized economic interest in soliciting business for profit constitute a defense to a claim of tortious interference with an existing contract for an alleged tortfeasor with no previous economic relationship with the breaching party?”

In a unanimous decision written by Chief Judge Kaye, the New York court answered the question in the negative.  The court's analysis is after the jump:

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April 30, 2007 in Recent Cases | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Limerick of the Week

Clint_eastwood The end is near!!  Not only is the semester (and for some readers, the first year of law school) nearly over.  But I am almost out of Limericks.  Contracts Limericks, that is.  I still have a boatload of business associations Limericks (bwahaha!), but those will have to appear on a different blog, I suppose.

So, where would contracts profs be without celebrity contracts?  I mean, is there anything more certain to promote student interest than a law suit featuring Clint Eastwood?  Can any contract prof resist inviting Sondra Locke to ask herself, "Do I feel lucky?"  And then add, "Well do ya, punk?"  Now that's educatin'!  Of course, the time may eventually come when referencing "Dirty Harry" is about as hip as referencing "True Grit."  It's already quite hard to get students to care much about Shirley MacLaine.  And I think this is one reason why Sullivan v. O'Connor has dropped out of most casebooks.  On the other hand, in a few years, it should be possible to build an entire curriculum around Anna Nicole Smith.

Locke v. Warner Brothers

There once was an actress named Locke
Whose Ratboy is said to be schlock
Old Clint and Warner
Thought they could scorn her
In bad faith.  Now they're in hock.

[Jeremy Telman]

April 30, 2007 in Celebrity Contracts, Famous Cases, Limericks, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)