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Film, Television, and Trials

Film and television can teach us about the trial process

The Cold hard truth is that no one really wants to be called in for jury duty.  Days can be long and the “thanks” is pretty much non-existent.  Most people don’t understand half of the legal terms being spewed during the course of a trial.  And that leads to disinterest.

When I went to the Van Nuys courthouse to sit in on a criminal trial, I heard potential jurors talking to each other about how much they hoped to…

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  • Entertainment Industry , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 14, 2017

Nathan Becomes an Associate

Pfeiffer Law Corp is pleased to announce the promotion of its newest associate, Nathan R. Brogden.  Mr. Brogden was a post-graduate law clerk where his work focused primarily on litigation matters and was responsible for drafting pre-trial motions, operative pleadings, and arbitration papers on behalf of Pfeiffer Law clients. He also played a large role regarding collection efforts and marketing strategy. In addition to the firm’s litigation practice, Mr. Brogden will be expanding his role as an associate to focus on transactional matters, including drafting agreements on behalf of…

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  • The Firm
  • Jun 07, 2017

Just the Right Amount of Ridiculous

As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. But as satirical television shows like South Park become more popular, it is clear that sometimes comic relief takes precedence when a statement would otherwise be considered defamatory.

Though satire and parody share fundamental elements, there are minor differences between the definitions of parody and satire that affect how each is treated differently under the law. Parodies are distorted images of original works for the purpose of humor and/or commentary. They are protected…

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  • Defamation
  • May 31, 2017

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