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Robert Garrett

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United States: Industry focus


Within: Sport

Arnold & Porter’s sports practice is jointly headed by Washington DC-based copyright and telecoms lawyer Robert Garrett and New York-based antitrust expert Scott Lent. Garrett is acting for a consortium consisting of the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA and NCAA in respect of copyright royalty litigation; in January 2017 the consortium reached a settlement with the principal trade associations for the cable television industry concerning a claim for a copyright royalty surcharge, which remains subject to approval by the Copyright Royalty Board. On the franchise side, Lent defended the Golden State Warriors in antitrust litigation brought by StubHub against the franchise and Ticketmaster concerning allegations of monopolizing the ticket resale market.

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United States: Intellectual property


Within: Leading lawyers

Robert Garrett - Arnold & Porter

Within: Copyright

Arnold & Porter advises major US sports leagues, motion picture studios and broadcast cable networks on copyright matters across new and traditional media. The firm currently counsels Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League on all copyright-related issues pertaining to television programming. Robert Garrett in Washington DC successfully represented ABC, Walt Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal and Telemundo in copyright infringement proceedings against the internet television provider, FilmOn, which resulted in a permanent injunction and the payment of damages for unauthorized streaming. In Los Angeles, having represented the artist prior to his death, Rhonda Trotter now represents the estate of Prince Roger Nelson in various copyright disputes, recently securing a victory against Universal Music Group in a breach of contract matter. The team is also representing the heirs of Marvin Gaye at the appeal stage of the Williams et al v Gaye et al case. John Ulin, also in Los Angeles, is another key practitioner. Dori Hanswirth and the ‘clear-headed’ Theresa House joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2018. Hanswirth draws on ‘broad-based knowledge’ to advise new journalists, news organizations and content providers on rights protection and enforcement.

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  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

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