Twist Entitled To $15 Million

Appeals court upholds verdict for Twist

Missouri appeals court has upheld a $15 million jury verdict against a comic strip creator for using the name of former NHL enforcer Tony Twist without his permission.
In a 3-0 opinion, a three-judge panel of the Eastern District court ruled Tuesday that the comic book creator’s “predominant purpose” for using the name was commercial gain, not artistic expression, and therefore was not entitled to First Amendment protection.
Michael Kahn, one of the attorneys for comic book creator Todd McFarlane, said the long First Amendment battle is not over.

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