Dispute Resolution

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From disagreements over recording contract terms and royalties, to pursuing copyright and trademark infringement, disputes are a fact of life in the entertainment industry. However, litigation can be expensive, and a drain on the attention and focus needed to build and run a successful business. While trial is sometimes unavoidable, there are other ways to efficiently resolve disputes while still meeting the client’s business objectives. The litigators who are part of the Dickinson Wright Entertainment, Sports and Media team have decades of experience with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) strategies specifically tailored to the needs of our film and television clients.

Relationships drive the entertainment industry, and tense, divisive litigation often leads to irreparable ruptures. ADR techniques, such as mediation, can resolve disputes while also preserving the business relationship. In mediation, each side has an equal opportunity to make their position, and the reasons behind it, clear, with the goal of reaching a solution both parties can accept. Arbitration is another ADR option for those wanting a more formal process with a binding decision that provides more certainty without having to go to trial. No matter the approach taken, Dickinson Wright lawyers guide our clients through every stage toward an outcome that best meets their unique needs.

In addition to representing clients involved in ADR proceedings, Dickinson Wright also has more than a dozen senior partners, including former judges, who regularly serve as arbitrators, mediators, and facilitators. They are trusted by leaders in the industry to effectively and fairly resolve disputes, and they receive frequent referrals from other lawyers and the courts.

Our work in this area includes:

• Advising actors, producers, agents, and others on alternatives to litigation.
• Representing clients during mediation, arbitration, and other ADR processes.
• Serving as trusted mediators, arbitrators, and facilitators to resolve complex disputes.
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