Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Case of the Ex(ample)

The entertainment industry can be just as dirty as it is fun. Despite the common thing of it being about who you know, there is also a lot of detailing and unfortunately for some, a lack of detail. Within the particular field I want to work in, that being events, there are issues that I would love to avoid…

I believe that many events are centered around themes so this case surprised me. In early 2011 an event planner was threatened with a lawsuit due to event decor being similar to the Oscar's this wasn't her trying to pass off as the actual event so I find it odd. She ending up settling but infringement is certainly real. I honestly don't know how that works with so many themes and ideas being recycled within the entertainment industry. It is advised that those dealing with events should have intellectual property lawyers who can find and clarify anything that may be infringing.

Another case brings in the topic of emotional distress for a couple’s wedding planned by a celebrity wedding planner in 2010. These types of events are very satisfaction based which already are “iffy”. According to the couple there was intentional sabotaging by the planner, which included him not attending the wedding and this case actually went to the Supreme Court! According to the planner, there were unmade payments and he was advised by the bride's father to not attend. Weddings are already stressful, so the couple seeking punitive damages for "severe emotional distress" makes this story quite interesting.

Now though I hardly drink I am interested in alcohol. Weird. But whatever event I would work on would most likely be catered to adults and therefore alcohol would be provided as part of the social aspect of it all. I never saw myself being responsible for others other than morally but there are recent laws that put liability on you for the actions of said others. Earlier this year a case of an unfortunate accident of a teenager shows how the property owner and host were blamed. Confusingly enough, the persons in question were Jessica Simpson and her father (not the entertainer) who were not seen as liable. Depending on the jurisdiction however can make a difference, but this informed me of how important it is to get event liability insurance.

Here is a great short video about the social host liability pertaining to FLORIDA…

Looking at these cases, I see that a lot have to do with avoidance…

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