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Legal Roundtable: Schlafly Family Trademark Dispute, Illinois Eavesdropping Law, Etc.

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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:

St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

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