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HTMLWhen to Update Your Bylaws; A Process
Fred L. Somers Jr. P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016
Bylaws are not immutable. They do and will require amendment. However, some boards act precipitously before annual member meetings and paste together a bylaw amendment not thought through carefully nor vetted by legal counsel. To amend bylaws, the amendment drafter(s) should be alert to potential...


HTMLPrivate Club Membership Redemption Rights Revisited
Fred L. Somers Jr. P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016
Some private clubs formed in the last three decades of the 20th Century were formed by developers using redeemable or refundable deposits or initiation fees to assist in the clubs’ working capital funding or to recapture the developers’ investment. Regrettably, this technique has...


HTMLColorado Supreme Court Holds Inherent Risk of Skiing Includes an In-Bounds Avalanche
Joan S. Allgaier; Hall & Evans, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 10, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016
The Colorado Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether an in-bounds avalanche at a ski resort was included in the definition of “inherent dangers and risks of skiing.” In Fleury v. IntraWest Winter Park Operations Corp., 2016 CO 41 (Colo. May 31, 2016), the Court answered...


HTMLRaffles: The Difference between Fundraising and Gambling in Illinois
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
Raffles are often used by organizations for fundraising purposes. However, Illinois law suggests that unless the raffle is licensed and operated in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS § 15/0.01 et seq., (Raffles Act) and applicable local laws, raffles are illegal gambling...


HTMLU.S. State Department Selects FY 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 20, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016
The U.S. State Department has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the official Entrant Status Check website to learn whether they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.


HTMLEqual Pay for Equal Play - U.S. Women’s National Team Files Wage Discrimination Claim Against U.S. Soccer
Jillian M. Collins; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2016, previously published on April 5, 2016
Five members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, including stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, filed a complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging that they are paid almost four times less than the men’s national...


HTMLIt’s A Wrap! Sony Pictures Data Breach Case Settles Without a Hollywood Ending For the Plaintiff Class
Kevin M. McGinty; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016
Everyone loves a good courtroom drama. So just imagine this pitch: henchmen of an evil dictator hack their way into a movie studio computer system. Once inside, they steal the most sensitive personal information of the studio’s stars, executives and employees. Their most intimate secrets,...


HTMLCIC Establishes LMIA Exemptions for Television and Film Production Workers and Performing Artists
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016
On February 3, 2016, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced two new categories of work permits exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) requirement, pursuant to Section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:


HTMLVirginia Becomes First State to Formally Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports
James B. Rixey; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On March 7, 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act (the “Act”), making Virginia the first state to formally regulate daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The Act distinguishes these daily fantasy sports websites from illegal gambling...


HTMLNew York: Attorney General Cracks Down on Tax Fraud by Art Dealers
David Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2016, previously published on May 17, 2016
In early May, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office is “committed to rooting out tax abuses wherever we find them, especially in the art world, where the difference can be hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of dollars in lost tax revenue per...


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