Talented and experienced litigators. Thomas & LoCicero PL, with offices in Tampa and South Florida, is a team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers who routinely assist businesses and individuals in diverse litigation matters, including media law, commercial litigation, trademark and copyright infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, antitrust, unfair competition, and mediation. But we also strive to ensure that our clients receive the best legal advice to avoid litigation. This means that we regularly counsel publishers, advertisers, website hosts, trademark and copyright owners, and sponsors of promotional sweepstakes and contests on matters ranging from licensing to registration to compliance. In sum, we represent a wide range of national, regional, and local clients across a diverse landscape of legal issues.
Thomas & LoCicero Attorneys Participate in News Media/Film Effort to Strengthen Florida Anti-SLAPP law
Florida can now count itself among the states that provide Anti-SLAPP law protection for speech that is distributed through a wide variety of media formats. On May 21, 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law CS/SB 1312. The law amends Florida’s existing Anti-SLAPP law that previously only provided limited—and largely unnecessary—protections from frivolous lawsuits filed by government entities against individuals exercising their First Amendment rights. Among other things, the new law will provide a new legal procedure for the speedy disposal of such frivolous lawsuits (commonly referred to as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPP suits) brought by private parties primarily to intimidate and silence speech on important public issues. Read More
Thomas & LoCicero helps defend NBCUniversal against Zimmerman claims
A Florida trial court granted summary judgment in favor of NBCUniversal and all individual defendants on claims of defamation and emotional distress brought by George Zimmerman stemming from NBC's report of Zimmerman's 911 call to police after he shot Trayvon Martin. The court found Zimmerman was a public figure when the news reports aired and determined he could not establish NBC broadcast its reports with actual malice. TLo attorneys Gregg Thomas and Rachel Fugate collaborated with Susan Weiner and Hilary Lane of NBC and Lee Levine and Gayle Sproul of Levine Sullivan Koch and Schulz LLP to successfully represent the NBC defendants.