October 18, 2010

Jenner & Block Partner Andrew J. “A.J.” Thomas has been named a leading entertainment industry lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its annual "Who's Who in Law" feature.  The list and Mr. Thomas’ profile were published on October 11, 2010.

Observing that "Because this is Los Angeles, the city's entertainment industry lawyers handle some of the highest-profile cases in show biz," the special report noted that Mr. Thomas’ clients have included NBC/Universal, Fox, Sony Pictures, and Viacom and highlighted his recent successful representation of Nielsen Business Media.  Over the past few years, Mr. Thomas defended Nielsen in a copyright infringement suit concerning a biography of Marilyn Monroe, winning a ruling for the client in the Ninth Circuit last year.  The United States Supreme Court left the appellate victory in place, establishing new protections for the use of publicity photos.

Mr. Thomas told the Journal that he is often called on by his entertainment industry clients to defend them against suits attempting to block imminent launches of widely-anticipated projects, often leading to "emergency, round-the-clock work to meet tight TRO deadlines with the court."  An example of this occurred in 2000, when he successfully defended Fox Broadcasting Company in a lawsuit by O.J. Simpson and members of his criminal defense team to enjoin Fox from airing a television "docu-drama" about his murder trial.  The court agreed with Mr. Thomas' arguments and denied the TRO and preliminary injunction.

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