Disney has long recognized the key role photographs play in attracting guests to the Walt Disney World Resort. For years, Kodak was a key sponsor and Disney guide maps designated “photo spots” which, according to my 1989 guide map, indicate “prime photo-taking locations.” Some “photo spots” include representations of Disney’s copyrighted and trademarked characters. So [...]
Author Archive: Jack Burgin
Jack Burgin is an attorney in Tennessee who enjoys Disney Theme Parks, good music, photography, nature, wildlife and, primarily, experiencing all of the above with his family.
It’s been a bad week for folks wanting to ride Segways in Disneyland. On July 17, 2013, a federal judge held that the plaintiff, Tina Baughman, was not entitled to the $124,000 in attorney fee bill she wanted Disney to pay. The next day, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Disneyland’s safety based ban [...]
This morning (April 15, 2013), the United States Supreme Court ended attempts to force Walt Disney World to permit Segways in the theme parks. Without comment, the Court issued a one line order (page 3, third entry) declining to review the Court of Appeals decision upholding Disney’s safety-based ban on Segways.
In a ruling issued on April 4, 2013, a federal judge in Orlando agreed with OSHA and required SeaWorld to make three managerial employees available for interviews. The ruling is an outgrowth of the OSHA findings after Tilikum fatally attacked SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.
An organization calling themselves the Association of Victims of Recreational Improvements and Liabilities (AVRIL) has filed a lawsuit asking the Orlando federal court to enjoin Disney and Starbucks from opening a Starbucks in the historic Main Street Bakery location. The lawsuit cites three reasons for the injunction. The first ground asserts that, contrary to Disney’s announcements, [...]
In the fall of 2011, I posted about a Disneyland employee, Korin Rodriguez, who filed a class action lawsuit against Disney alleging Disneyland violated California law by not providing cast members with seats. Ms. Rodriguez recently voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit after Disney’s attorneys found some rather interesting evidence (which I’ll discuss a little later).
The Patent and Trademark Office recently published one of the principal utility patents applications Disney filed for MyMagic+. Publication of a patent application typically occurs about 18 months after it is filed which means Disney filed the patent application in July 2011. Let’s get the legal terms out of the way. Upon filing, patent applications [...]
Perhaps only Disney could settle a class action lawsuit, have no class members object to the settlement, but have the settlement approval process take over nine months. I’ve previously written about the class action lawsuit by visually impaired guests in a July 2011 post (after the judge certified it as a class action). I wrote again, in [...]