Legal Roundtable: Schlafly Family Trademark Dispute, Illinois Eavesdropping Law, Etc.
Much is made these days of creating a personal brand. But what happens when a family name has multiple associations? Saint Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beer, would like to trademark the Schlafly name. Political activist Phyllis Schlafly objects, saying the Schlafly name stands for conservative values. Who has the stronger legal case?
It’s the middle of the Missouri legislative session, and a lot of bills are floating around, including some that have little chance of becoming law.
The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law last week. Now that the existing law is scrapped, a new one needs to be written.
In our monthly legal roundtable, host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain these issues and more.
The panelists included:
- Booker T. Shaw, J.D., Partner, Thompson Coburn LLC; Former Judge on Missouri Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court and the 22nd Judicial Circuit
- William Freivogel, J.D., Director, School of Journalism; Associate Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- Mark Smith, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, The Career Center, Washington University
Other topics included:
- A federal judge has upheld Missouri’s funeral protest law
- The Missouri bill protecting private businesses who refuse service on religious grounds
- The latest version of Missouri’s gun nullification bill
- The flurry of anti-abortion bills introduced this session in Missouri
- The possible suspension of former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley’s law license
- The appointment of Nancy Staudt as dean of the Washington University School of Law