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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Eugene Volokh on Tony Twist Case

It must be the week for bloggers to post about the legal issues relating to athletes' and former athletes' names. Michael's last post on Dale Jr. and my post on Gnarls are joined by UCLA Law Professor and conspiracist Eugene Volokh, who discusses hockey player Tony Twist's case against the creator of the comic book Spawn. Greg had a post about the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of cert in that case back in 2004. Professor Volokh wrote a brief in the case, in which Twist won a $15 million verdict that was upheld by the state appeals court.


On the one hand, I am happy for Tony Twist (and I'm not a Blues fan). On the other hand, what are the chances of recovering anything from this judgment?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 6/22/2006 5:34 PM  

Why am I not surprised that Volokh, who has eloquently defended torture -- oops, sorry, "the idea" of torture -- would take an interest in the case of a guy who beats up other people for a living?


Anonymous Anonymous -- 6/23/2006 1:45 AM  

Interestingly enough, the guy who created the comic book Spawn, Todd McFarlane, has also been in other suits regarding copyrights and disputes involving names.

Popular author Neil Gaiman sued McFarlane a few years ago over characters created they created jointly. A very interesting case if anyone wants to read it.

Also, McFarlane has other claims to sports fame - he owns several HR balls, including McGwire's 70th and Bonds's 73ed (I think those two are in his collection). He bought high on them too, and they're worth nowhere near the millions he paid for them.

Blogger Satchmo -- 6/23/2006 8:36 PM  

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