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Understanding the Right of Personality: Brooke Shields Raises Eyebrow at Charlotte Tilbury

An interesting case in the US was recently launched by actress Brooke Shields (“Shields”) against makeup conglomerate Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Inc. (“Charlotte Tilbury”), which highlights the importance of brand expansion planning for celebrities and their namesake brand.  Understanding the Case In May 2019, Shields issued a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Charlotte…

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Building Your Influencer Empire

These days, everyone is doing it for the ‘gram.  But those who are doing it well are also doing it for coin.  Influencer marketing is a pervasive and persuasive type of marketing.  By collaborating with influencers, brands are able to directly promote to their target demographic.  By collaborating with brands, influencers are able to monetize…

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Kawhi Leonard takes on Nike

As a Toronto-based law firm and rampant supporter of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, we have to dedicate this week’s newsletter to our MVP, Kawhi Leonard (especially in view of the latest win as NBA champs).  In the midst of the finals against the Golden State Warriors, Leonard launched a lawsuit against Nike in California…

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Red Carpets, Celebrities and Fashion

As award season closes, a personal highlight is the red carpet “who are you wearing?” segment.  We always delight when celebrities wear Canadian designed gowns, giving the Canadian designer the world’s spotlight.  But, as always, when pop culture and branding intersect, Froese Law can’t help but analyze the legal aspects.   The Celebrity – Designer…

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Building Your Fitness Empire

As much as Q1 is tax season, it’s also the time when we all try to jump back into fitness.  Finding the right fit that will get results and keep you motivated are key.  (We promise you – we’ll get to the legal analysis soon.)  But there are so many choices:  the gym, personal trainers,…

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Protecting your Rights to your Namesake Brand

Namesake brands are common place.  Designers launch their fashion brand using their name.  Celebrities merchandise themselves out using their own name.  Chefs license their name to create a myriad of food-related products.  Fitness instructors create fitness plans under their own name.  It’s a branding trend that is unlikely to go away.  However, careful consideration must…

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Canada Considers Amending Privacy Laws to Better Manage Online Reputation

Froese Law’s philosophy is that every individual and every company has a brand. In some instances, elevating an individual’s brand (such as the CEO, influencer, fitness guru, chef, magazine editor, etc.) indirectly flows through to elevating the company’s brand, and vice versa. Such branding interplay creates merchandising opportunities, licensing revenues and increased exposure. At the…

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