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|Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores: The Seventh Circuit Explores the Boundaries of Commercial Speech|
Kellen C. Kasper; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014When and how the First Amendment applies is normally a complicated question. In a case decided earlier this week, Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., No. 12-1992, the parties teamed up to present an issue on commercial speech for the Seventh Circuit.
|Supreme Court on Copyright Infringement and Protection of Ideas|
Richard Stobbe; Field Law;
February 20, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014Let’s say you pitch a story idea to a TV production company - and not just an idea, but a complete set of storyboards, characters and scripts. You would be surprised if one day you saw that story idea come to life in a TV production that gave no credit to you as the original creator of the...
|State of Play-Is 2014 the Year of Internet Gaming?|
Greenberg Traurig LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Confounding the expectation of most observers, after the December 23, 2011 reversal by the Department of Justice (the DOJ) of its long-standing interpretation of the Federal Wire Act’s (18 U.S.C. § 1084) application to non-sports betting on the Internet, Internet gaming did not...
|Curiosity Killed the Copycat: Supreme Court of Canada Releases Cinar Corporation v. Claude Robinson|
Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014The Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in Cinar Corporation v. Claude Robinson on December 23, 2013. In a unanimous decision written by Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, the Supreme Court affirmed the Quebec Supreme Court’s findings that Cinar Corporation and...
|California Senate Unanimously Supports Broader Inquiry into State Gambling Regulations|
Kenneth R. Florin, Douglas N. Masters, Jay K. Musoff; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 2014California's Senate unanimously approved a bill (Senate Bill 601) that would amend the state's existing gambling law to enlarge the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee, the body tasked with considering the state's gambling regulatory policies, and to expand the issues the Committee may consider.
|State Of The Union - What Are The Ramifications Of Northwestern University Football Players Seeking Union Recognition?|
Tyrone P. Thomas; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014Members of the Northwestern University football team have signed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking recognition as a collective bargaining unit. While the issue of union organizing by student-athletes has been championed by entities such as All Players United, this effort is...
|NFL Cheerleader Cries Foul Over Compensation|
Dawn M. Knepper; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014Standard contracts that sports franchises, such as the National Football League (NFL), use for independent contractors should be closely scrutinized in the wake of a newly filed class action lawsuit that is shining the spotlight on their enforceability and legality.
|Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
February 6, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia begin on Friday, February 7, 2014. Because the Olympic organizing committees have in the past been quite vigilant in protecting the trademarks and copyrights associated with the Olympics, broadcast stations should be extremely careful not to use any...
|Louisiana Court Not "Ultimate Fan" of Sports Marketer's Trademark|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 2014Ultimate sports fans can crack open a cold one to celebrate a recent Louisiana ruling clearing Anheuser-Busch's Ultimate Fan sweepstakes from trademark infringement claims. The major brewing company (and famed sponsor of the stop-motion animated Bud Bowl) prevailed in a suit over the use of the...
|Reminder: Webcaster Minimum Fee Payments for 2014 are Due No Later than January 31, 2014|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014Commercial and noncommercial entities streaming sound recordings over the Internet under statutory licensing are reminded that the annual minimum webcasting fee for 2014 is due to be paid to SoundExchange no later than January 31, 2014. The annual minimum fee payment is $500 per channel or...