Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.

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Entertainment and Sports
Eric Van Loon brings years of experience to every resolution. A full-time dispute resolution professional since 1989, he has more than 20,000 hours of experience in 42 states and eight countries as a mediator, arbitrator, speaker, and trainer specializing in complex, multi-party, high-stakes disputes and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Van Loon has successfully mediated entertainment and sports-related claims in a range of media including television, film, recordings, and network and internet broadcasting. Parties have included creators, producers, featured artists, musicians, unions and sports stars. Issues have included copyright, artistic control, financing, residual rights, artist and recording company royalties, college bowl participation, stadium construction, and trademark protection. Hollywood Esquire Reporter profiled him in a cover article on national “Entertainment Industry Power Mediators.”

Representative Matters

  • Amusement theme park insurance-related disputes. Successfully resolved multiple claims totaling more than $45 million by a multi-faceted Florida entertainment complex against more than a dozen entities insured by Lloyd's of London.
  • Arbitration. Chaired arbitration panel addressing professional liability insurance re construction of $400 million NFL stadium.
  • Artist/manager dispute. Settled dispute between Grammy Award winning artist and former personal manager regarding multi-media royalty payments.
  • Artist/recording company royalties for music streamed over the internet. Chaired the first U.S. Copyright Office three-member panel to rule on artist, musician, and record company royalty rates for music streamed over the internet. The 30+ parties included major cable TV and radio broadcasters and webcasters, background music providers, musicians, vocalists, unions, and record companies. Sixty witnesses testified over 40 hearing days on issues ranging from technology to economic theory to industry-specific concerns.
  • Baseball and football stadiums, collegiate bowl game, and trademark/logo use. Settled multiple disputes relating to college and professional sports issues, including breaking the impasse preventing Cleveland's Jacobs Field from being built, resolving athletic conference participation in a major college football bowl game, and resolving trademark issues relating to commercial use of "MVP" by three major professional sports superstars.
  • Creator/featured personality in successful film series. Successfully resolved dispute between a film production/distribution company and the originator and lead public figure associated with a series of successful films with similar titles. Issues included copyright ownership associated with the content and titles, trademark registration of film titles, and residual film distribution rights and royalties.
  • Featured personality in acclaimed television series. Successfully resolved dispute between producers of a major television series and the featured figure in a high-profile program. Issues relating to the amount and type of support necessary to complete production included extension of the period for exclusive broadcast rights, criteria for on-air credit for additional program support, modification of still photo and other film rights for post-broadcast use, and use of short and feature excerpts in other programming.
  • Film production company dispute with content provider. Successfully resolved dispute between a film production company and a content provider relating to the terms and ownership of long-term television programming contract.
  • Music industry termination. Eight-figure settlement in an acrimonious dispute between a senior executive talent-developer and major label regarding performance, benefits, and royalties.
  • NCAA collegiate policy dispute. Mediated dispute between NCAA and Division 1 national champion university regarding Native American nickname, logo, and use at $100 million venue.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Mediators
  • Named "Entertainment Industry Power Mediator" by Hollywood Reporter Esquire
  • Elected Town Moderator, Concord, MA
  • Member: ABA Sections on Dispute Resolution, International Law; Association for Conflict Resolution; FDIC, USEPA Superfund Pilot Program, and Library of Congress Copyright Arbitration Royalty panels
  • Board Member: MA Bar Foundation, Schweitzer Fellowship, Jericho Road Project
  • Lecturer on ADR at national/international forums: ABA, American Corporate Counsel Association, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, International Bar Association, World Economic Forum Mid-East North African Qatar Summit, Nigerian International Insurance Summit keynote, and in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan; published in ABA Dispute Resolution magazine

Background and Education

  • Massachusetts Undersecretary, Economic Affairs; Assistant Secretary, Environmental Affairs
  • Seven-year federal litigation legal practice
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1971
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1968
  • A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967

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