Firm opposes NRA’s efforts to move Cloud Gate case
September 13, 2018 – Firm partners Nick Carlin and David Given filed papers today opposing the effort of the National Rifle Association to move world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor’s copyright infringement case against it to a jurisdiction closer to its headquarters. The NRA used an image of his iconic sculpture Cloud Gate (also known as The Bean) in a highly controversial fundraising video without permission; when Sir Anish asked that the image be removed from the video, the NRA refused. That led to his complaint for copyright infringement, filed in the federal court in Chicago, where Cloud Gate sits in Millennium Park. In its opposition to the NRA’s motion to transfer to a federal court in Virginia, the firm pointed out the case’s obvious and important ties to the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. The dispute has received wide media coverage. Federal district court judge John Z. Lee has scheduled a hearing on the NRA’s motion for Oct. 17th.