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Practice Areas • Media & entertainment law

We are committed to the freedom of expression, and deploy substantial experience in media and entertainment law.

Our lawyers have counseled and represented clients ranging from celebrities and private individuals to major media companies, news organizations, and entertainment companies on matters including the following:

  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Privacy
  • Right of Publicity
  • Copyright, Trademark, and Intellectual Property
  • Trademark
  • State public-records laws including the Ohio Public Records Act
  • The federal Freedom of Information Act
  • Open-government and sunshine laws including the Ohio Public Meetings Act
  • Newsgathering torts (trespass, wiretap, and intrusion claims)
  • Confidential sources and reporter’s shield laws
  • Licensing
  • Film finance and licensing
  • Immersive and interactive entertainment
  • Trade secrets
  • Censorship and prior restraints
  • Touring and promotions
  • Talent agreements and releases
  • Access to government and court proceedings and records
  • Business torts and trade disparagement
  • Stored Communications Act
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Advertising and Commercial Speech
  • Obscenity

Sophisticated media counsel are increasingly vital for individuals and non-media businesses. Today, everyone is a media company, and simply participating in the marketplace, whether as a business or a consumer, means that you publish and receive information that creates rights and liabilities, and may be subject to regulation or retaliation by those who disagree.

The flow of information affects our ability to do our jobs, whether we rely on information about competitors and regulators, communicate with customers about our services, or make our living producing content. Every time we speak or type, we create potential liability, and most us don’t take the time to think about whether we are adequately protected—until it’s too late.

Our lawyers bring years of experience representing large national media and entertainment organizations to bear on problems facing individuals and businesses on a wide range of content-related matters. We have represented bartenders in employment-related disputes over drink recipes; rock bands over disputed social-media accounts; newspapers, television programs, and public figures in high-profile First Amendment and defamation disputes, and restaurants in disputes over business profiles.

We are committed to finding creative solutions to problems you didn’t know you had, before you have to address them.

Among those participating in the Chandra Law Firm’s media-and-entertainment-law practice is are managing partner Subodh Chandra and colleagues Patrick Kabat and Ashlie Case Sletvold.

Earlier in his career, Chandra was an entertainment litigator at a large law firm in Los Angeles, representing, for example, major motion-picture studios in high-profile disputes, and defending the television program "Hard Copy" against libel charges by the singer Michael Jackson. As law director of the City of Cleveland and in private practice, Chandra has also represented numerous clients in First Amendment, public-records, and defamation lawsuits.

Before he entered private practice, Patrick Kabat was the program director of the Yale Law School’s Law and Media Program, and is currently the Director of the First Amendment and the Arts Program at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches media and entertainment law.

Chandra Law partner Ashlie Case Sletvold has also represented numerous clients before the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Court of Claims in forcing government entitles and public officials to produce public records, and in pursuing First Amendment free-speech rights.

The firm's experience extends to crisis communications and ensuring that your message is heard and reputation protected in a challenging media environment.

Contact The Chandra Law Firm LLC today for help

When everything is on the line, you need relentless, aggressive representation that will fight to protect your freedom. To talk to our lawyers about your case, please call us at 216-578-1700 or use our online contact form.

Practices For Media & entertainment law

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