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Plaintiff's Exclusive Elvis Theory
Highest Court Eleventh Circuit
Year Ended 1982
Plaintiffs Individual(s)
Defendants ABC, Inc.
News Producer(s)
Rivera, Geraldo
Other Presley, Elvis
Short Description Plaintiff is one of many people claiming Elvis Presley's death was some conspiracy or murder plot. He met with ABC and representatives for Geraldo Rivera, hoping to sell his "exclusive story" that Presley was killed by his bodyguards (or physician) through withholding a necessary medication. At that meeting Plaintiff had Defendants sign a contract saying they wouldn't take his ides. Defendants told Plaintiff he'd need evidence, of which he had none. When Defendants later aired a story that Presley's death may have been the result of prescription drugs, Plaintiff sued, even though the story was entirely different from his own. Perhaps he wanted a monopoly on all conspiracies surrounding Elvis's death. The court found Defendants had not used Plaintiff's idea, so they couldn't have breached the agreement, infringed copyright, misappropriated anything at all. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
    Payment & Performance
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
Trademarks & Unfair Competition State Statute/Common Law Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts


Opinions Sellers v. American Broadcasting Co.
668 F.2d 1207
Eleventh Circuit , February 22, 1982 ( No. 81-7223 )


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Related Searches Parties
ABC, Inc. ( Defendant )
Individual(s) ( Plaintiff )
News Producer(s) ( Defendant )
Presley, Elvis ( Other )
Rivera, Geraldo ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts

Courts
Eleventh Circuit (highest court)


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