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Netflix and the family of Pablo Escobar are involved in a trademark fight over ‘Narcos’

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Netflix has been contending with an ongoing trademark dispute with the family of Pablo Escobar, the deceased Colombian drug lord depicted in the streaming service’s show “Narcos,” according to The Hollywood Reporter

THR obtained a letter written by lawyers for Narcos Productions, LLC (NPL), the company behind the Netflix series and its accompanying video game “Narcos: Cartel Wars,” which outlines a series of “fraudulent,” “Narcos”-related trademarks filed by the Escobar family in August 2016. 

“For example,” NPL lawyer Jill M. Pietrini writes, “Escobar claims that it has used NARCOS in connection with things like ‘operating a website’ and ‘game services provided online from a computer network’ since Jan. 31, 1986. However, the internet had not been developed for widespread consumer use in 1986, nor was the capability to provide audiovisual works nor game services available at that time.”

The letter, sent on July 27, also includes trademark claim documents from the Escobars for items related to the show, ranging from “downloadable ring tones” and “sunglasses, decorative magnets,” to “temporary tattoos, bookmarks and sheet music.”

In the document, NPL lawyers threaten to sue the Escobar family for damages related to “unauthorized use.”

(Netflix recently sent a more tonally light-hearted, though still legally serious, cease-and-desist letter to an unauthorized “Stranger Things” pop-up bar in Chicago.)

roberto escobarRoberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, Escobar’s 71-year-old surviving brother and the former accountant for the Medellín Cartel, has repeatedly demanded that Netflix pay $1 billion to his company, Escobar Inc., for intellectual property violations. 

“A billion is what we used to make in a good week in the 1980s and 1990s,” Gaviria said in 2016. “Apparently money is now growing on trees in favor of Netflix after my show was released. They should pay me immediately.”

On Monday, Gaviria again threatened Netflix, saying he would “close their little show” with legal action if they didn’t pay him $1 billion.

The streaming service released the third season of “Narcos” on September 1.

Shooting for its upcoming fourth season has been marred by the death of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for the show, who was killed last Friday in a rural, cartel-dominated area near Mexico City. Gaviria told THR on Monday that Netflix should hire “hitmen” as security if they continue to film in Mexico and Colombia.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read the full Hollywood Reporter article here.

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Sean Spicer filled ‘notebook after notebook’ on Trump campaign and White House meetings — and it could have major implications for the Russia investigation

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Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary and Republican National Committee spokesman, was reportedly well-known for being a copious note-taker during his time working on the Trump campaign and later at the White House — a habit that could prove relevant as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation heats up.

Axios reported on Thursday that Spicer filled “notebook after notebook,” to the extent that his subordinates joked that he would eventually write a tell-all memoir, according to Spicer’s former colleagues.

“Sean documented everything,” one source familiar with Spicer’s note-taking told Axios.

Spicer’s name has already been floated as a potential witness Mueller may pursue. The Washington Post reported earlier this month that Mueller has already alerted the White House that he will probably seek to interview Spicer, along with five other current and former Trump associates.

The associates are thought to have been present during internal discussions of interest to Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Thorough note-taking is a departure from typical White House practice — officials from previous administrations told Axios that they deliberately took scant notes during their time in the West Wing due to past investigations.

Another White House official told Axios that “people are going to wish they’d been nicer to Sean … He was in a lot of meetings.”

When questioned by Axios reporter Mike Allen about his notes, Spicer reportedly grew irate and accused Allen of harassment.

“Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails,” Spicer told Allen in an email. “Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment.”

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Morning Docket: 09.21.17

* Tiffany Trump attends Justice Ginsburg lecture because in the coming dystopian FedSoc hellscape, Tiffany will be the enigmatic hermit charged with remembering the long-long-ago when judges spoke of “interstate commerce” and “checks and balances.” [Washington Post]

* PwC is set to launch a U.S. law firm, but Biglaw is just fine because the Big 4 law firm can’t offer domestic legal advice… yet. [Law.com]

* Meanwhile, from the massive understatements department: “Kasowitz Benson Adjusts Management Team Amid Tumultuous Year.” [New York Law Journal]

* Looking for solutions to the problems plaguing patents? Here’s some insight direct from the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit. [Law360]

* You can now legally dance in New York bars. I’m not sure why you’d want to, but you can. [NPR]

* You probably knew that bail was discriminatory and awful, but it’s always jarring to see exactly how discriminatory and awful. [The Guardian]

* Sex trafficking fight may torpedo Section 230. [Wired]
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Why was an unarmed Case Western law student shot by a police officer? Friends and former classmates of Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri want answers — and a federal investigation.

Did lbullying lead a recent law school graduate to take her own life? A former classmate believes so.

Will the Utah Supreme Court recognize the right of married gay couples to become parents? If not, expect some intervention from SCOTUS, according to columnist Ellen Trachman.

Will Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein end up recusing himself in the Russia probe? He hasn’t yet — but he has been interviewed by the team of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Whatever happened to the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules? The Trump administration will likely act in this area fairly soon — so employers need to get ready, as columnist Evan Gibbs explains.
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