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Robert Wayne Hamilton

Jones Day

Columbus, OH, USA


Bob Hamilton has extensive experience in general commercial litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and in First Amendment and media cases, including libel, privacy, public access, copyright, and trademark litigation.

Over the past 27 years, Bob has litigated a wide variety of matters in many of the nation's largest and most complex bankruptcy cases, including 1031 Tax Group; Alpha Natural Resources; Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation; Appalachian Fuels, Breed Technologies; Boscov's Department Stores; Cardinal Industries; Chrysler; City of Detroit; Dana; Federated Department Stores; FLYi; HQ Global; Harry & David; Hostess, Kmart; Loewen; Macy's; Metaldyne; Molycorp; National Century Financial Enterprises; NextWave; NII Holdings; Patriot Coal; Spansion; Tower Automotive; and World Kitchen.

Bob represented CompuServe in Cubby, Inc. v. CompuServe Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 1991), the first case that addressed the liability of an ISP for unlawful third-party content. He also represented CompuServe in CompuServe Inc. v. Cyber Promotions (S.D. Ohio 1997), the first case to establish an ISP's right under the common law of trespass to an order enjoining a defendant from sending spam to subscribers.

Other media clients he has represented include AOL, Cleveland magazine, Gannett, ICANN, the Motion Picture Association of America, Multimedia Entertainment, National Enquirer, Nextel, Ohio magazine, Playboy magazine, Post-Newsweek Stations, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Columbus Dispatch, The Washington Post, and Trinity Broadcasting.

Bob was featured as one of four leading e-commerce "Pioneers" by IP World in December 2000. He has taught internet law as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Law and Capital University Law School.


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