First Amendment Law/Censorship Issues: The focus of our firm’s practice has traditionally been in the First Amendment/Censorship area. Our attorneys have handled significant Free Speech cases in courts across the country at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court. These cases have involved issues relating to obscenity laws, zoning and licensing ordinances, advertising, protests, defamation defense, fair use, freedom of information, civil rights violations, and bad faith prosecutions.Over the last two decades, Lawrence G. Walters has established a national reputation based on his legal work in the online entertainment field. However, the firm handles First Amendment claims on behalf of individuals and traditional ‘brick and mortar’ businesses as well.
Content Evaluation: Many of our clients utilize our services to perform a legal analysis of controversial and/or mainstream content prior to distribution. The firm’s attorneys are available to review online or traditional content for compliance with legal regulations such as obscenity, harmful materials laws, records keeping concerns, copyright, trademark and other legal issues.
Media Law: Our firm provides legal guidance on numerous Media Law issues including defamation (defense only), infringement claims, privacy and publicity concerns and licensing issues. In some circumstances, we can act as an agent or spokesperson for your cause or company.
Gaming Law: This practice area involves two distinct facets: Online Casinos and Video Game Representation. Both categories of clients encounter significant legal hurdles in distributing their content. Casino Web sites, and companies that promote them, have faced criminal and civil actions premised on conspiracy to violate United States gaming laws. The video game industry has likewise been the subject of local, state and federal attempts to censor violent and erotic content, in the name of protecting children. We aggressively defend the Free Speech interests and intellectual property rights of the computer gaming community.
Sweepstakes & Internet Cafes: Our firm represents Internet Sweepstakes software developers, distributors and operators throughout the country, in this cutting edge practice area. We are involved in some of the precedent-setting litigation, challenging laws seeking to ban Internet Sweepstakes Cafes. We also assist clients involved with this business model in regulatory compliance issues, contract negotiations, and drafting of sweepstakes rules and terms.
Internet Law: Our firm represents the interests of the online entertainment community across the globe. We regularly advise clients on Internet law issues, including cybersquatting claims, electronic agreements, virtual currency, Section 230 immunity, DMCA Safe Harbor, digital rights, electronic signatures, and online intellectual property issues. Mr. Walters can act as your Designated DMCA Agent in most circumstances, and provide an overall legal analysis of your website operations to assist in reducing potential liability, and protecting your digital assets.
Copyright & Trademark: Protection of our clients’ intellectual property rights is one of our foremost obligations. Copyright and trademark theft are rampant in the marketplace given technological advancements allowing electronic content to be misappropriated with ease. We aggressively pursue copyright and trademark infringement claims on behalf of traditional and new media clients. We also assist in perfecting your copyright and submitting applications for trademark protection with governmental entities. Our firm developed and copyrighted the world’s first automated online copyright enforcement device described at www.DMCANotice.com, which is available free of charge to our clients.
Domain Name Disputes: Our attorneys are available to represent your interests in connection with disputes over the use and registration of domain names on the World Wide Web. Whether providing representation in an ICANN proceeding, administrative action, or in court, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to provide superior representation in connection with your domain name.
Privacy Litigation: Occasionally, celebrities and private individuals become involved in disputes relating to their privacy or rights of publicity. Our firm has significant experience in litigating privacy and publicity actions in state and federal court. We are available to handle both the pursuit and defense of such claims.
Criminal Defense: The partners in our firm have decades of experience defending clients against criminal charges premised upon controversial entertainment. Many of our high profile victories are a matter of public record, and can be easily accessed through an online search. We regularly represent webmasters and producers on a variety of white collar criminal charges including obscenity, racketeering, and money laundering. Our attorneys are available to zealously defend clients in the unfortunate event of a criminal charge, indictment or investigation.
Permitting, Licensing & Zoning: Several of our firm’s high profile cases have been in the Permitting, Licensing & Zoning area. Local and state governments often attempt to legislate morality, and impose censorship by enacting restrictive Permitting, Licensing & Zoning laws applicable to controversial entertainment businesses. Often these laws cross the line of constitutional protection afforded by the First Amendment. Our firm has the necessary experience to mount effective constitutional challenges to Licensing and Zoning regulations.
Other Practice Areas: The above-listed practice areas are not intended to be an exhaustive list. If you have a legal matter falling outside these practice areas, please feel free to contact us for a consultation. Given our national reputation, and contacts with attorneys across the country, we can likely assist you or locate competent counsel for your legal matter if it falls outside our routine practice areas.