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|TIGA Seeks Reform of PEGI’s “Excessive and Unreasonable” Pricing Policy in Order to Help UK and European Video Game Developer Sector Thrive|
Paolo Cerroni, Emma Kingston; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014Following a number of complaints from its members, TIGA, the trade association representing the UK gaming industry, has written an open letter to PEGI, the European age-rating organisation, regarding its pricing policy.
|Are We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or Not?|
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014When a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to vote on union representation, many media reports treated the case as a victory for the union. But as one Lawrence Peter...
|Georgia’s Limited Tax Credits for Interactive Entertainment Producers|
James M. Chadwick, Mukund H. Sharma; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014On April 15, Georgia passed a law amending its tax code to provide a limited tax credit to qualified interactive entertainment companies. The law provides incentives for mid-size game developers who demonstrate sufficient ties to Georgia. Qualified interactive entertainment companies are those that:
|Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA|
Brian Jeffrey Gershengorn, P. Kramer Rice; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to pay him and all other All-Star Week FanFest volunteers the minimum...
|Major NLRB Decision Finds Scholarship College Football Players are Employees|
Capehart Scatchard P.A.;
April 14, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014Readers should be aware of a potential landmark decision from the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in which the NLRB found that the Division I football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University are employees of the university under the National Labor...
|Flag On The Play: Will Unions Change the Game of College Sports?|
Paul H. Burmeister; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In a historic move, members of the Northwestern University football team recently took initial steps to form a union and seek collective-bargaining rights with the university. Shortly thereafter, the team filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a decision that has some...
|NLRB Regional Director Allows College Football Players to Vote to Unionize|
Duane Morris LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014On March 26, 2014, Peter Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB or "the Board") Regional Director for Chicago (the "RD"), held that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team are "employees" under Section 2(3) of the National Labor...
|FCC Adopts Rule Limiting Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations; Initiates Further Rulemaking on Repeal of Cable Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Craig A. Gilley, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to amend its “good faith negotiation” rules to prohibit the joint negotiation of retransmission consent by two or more stations that are among the four most highly rated stations in a market and are...
|What could the Labor Board Decision About College Football Players and Unions Mean for Your Business?|
Brooke Duncan, M. Scott Jones; Adams and Reese LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014In a decision sure to send huge ripples throughout the world of collegiate sports—and elsewhere—the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office sided with football players at Northwestern University who said they were employees and deserve to have a union if they want one.