Represented Houghton Mifflin in a copyright infringement suit prohibiting the publication of the book "The Wind Done Gone" because of alleged infringement of the copyright in the novel and motion picture "Gone With the Wind." The Estate of Margaret Mitchell, through SunTrust Bank as Trustee, brought a copyright infringement suit against Houghton Mifflin and obtained a preliminary injunction. On May 25, 2001, and immediately upon conclusion of oral argument by the firm, a unanimous panel of the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, vacated the injunction as an abuse of discretion and unconstitutional prior restraint of speech. On October 10, 2001, the Eleventh Circuit issued a full opinion rejecting the district court’s conclusion that the plaintiff was likely to succeed and finding, on the record before the court, that "The Wind Done Gone" likely made fair use of "Gone With the Wind."
SunTrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin, 252 F.3d 1166 (11th Cir. 2001), and 268 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. 2001).