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HMS Attorneys Win Defense Verdict in Media Case

By on Aug 20, 2014 |

After years of hard fought litigation by Firm attorneys Gloria Phares and Christopher Strong, concluding in a two week bench trial, a judge in New York has ruled in favor of our client, a television production company, dismissing all remaining breach of contract claims made by the song writer of the music for several animated TV shows of the 1980s, including Transformers. Final judgment was entered in favor of our client after the Court found that the Plaintiff failed to show that any provision of the governing work-for-hire agreement was breached. To read the decision in the case, click...

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Chris Strong Receives President’s Pro Bono Service Award From the NYSBA

By on May 2, 2014 |

On April 30, Chris Strong of Hoffmann Marshall Strong received the President’s Pro Bono Service Award from the New York State Bar Association in Albany. The award honors significant pro bono achievements by attorneys from each of New York’s thirteen judicial districts. Chris was recognized for his commitment to helping low-income New Yorkers who have been wrongly listed on the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Partnering with attorneys from Legal Services NYC-Bronx and Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler, Chris helped to develop and implement a program that provides legal assistance to people seeking to amend or expunge their records from the State Central Register, allowing these individuals to pursue their careers and care for their families. A press release announcing the award is available...

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Firm Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Authors in The Authors Guild v. Google

By on Apr 15, 2014 |

On April 14, HMS attorneys Gloria Phares and Chris Strong filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit supporting the Authors Guild in its hotly contested case against Google over the use of copyrighted works in the Google Books Library Project, The Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., 13-4829-cv. The brief was filed on behalf of a diverse group of seventeen authors, including Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction writers, Booker Prize winning novelists, and a Nobel laureate. The amici take the position that Google’s decision to copy tens of millions of books is not a fair use, and that the district court’s decision stretched this doctrine far beyond its limits. The brief, filed on behalf of Malcom Gladwell, J.M. Coetzee, Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood and thirteen other authors is available...

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