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Max Sneyd quoted in Forbes article "Elon Musk Sued By Rescue Diver Following Twitter Attacks"

September 18, 2018

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd (intellectual property) is quoted in the Forbes article "Elon Musk Sued By Rescue Diver Following Twitter Attacks" by David Kiley. Excerpt:

Michael “Max” Sneyd, an intellectual property and business law attorney at Detroit law firm Kerr-Russell, says Musk will have a hard time defending the charges because he is a de-facto celebrity and publicly made an unsubstantiated charge against a non-public person, Unsworth. “Truth is an absolute defense in libel cases, but malice is also a factor...and it appears on the surface as if Musk was seeking to defame a private citizen." And the fact that Unsworth was situationally thrust into the news by the rescue of the soccer players should not, says Sneyd, make him a "public person" in court.

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Michael “Max” Sneyd has 20 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and business law and leads the firm's Intellectual Property practice group.  He appears regularly before state, federal and appellate courts on matters related to all aspects of civil business litigation.  In addition, he utilizes alternative dispute resolution methodologies to achieve positive results outside of the courtroom.

Max focuses his practice particularly on intellectual property protection and litigation, business torts, entertainment law and supplier disputes.  He has extensive experience prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as litigating trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Outside of the litigation context, Max regularly assists clients in negotiating technology licenses and other intellectual property agreements.

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