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HTMLFlorida Governor Rick Scott Signs Legislation to Create Sports Development Program
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 20, 2014
Orlando, Fla. - Today, June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has signed House Bill 7095, which creates the Sports Development Program, establishing a process for distributing state tax revenue for the construction or improvement of professional sports franchise facilities


HTMLAre We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or Not?
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
When 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...


Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014
A court in Berlin has ruled that some provisions of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use violate German consumer protection laws and are void.


HTMLNon-Courtside Madness? Resume Fraud Costs Manhattan Coach Steve Masiello From Securing South Florida Coaching Job
Jennifer B. Rubin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014
Our attention on the NCAA college basketball tournament was temporarily diverted by the non-courtside drama that played out this week when the University of South Florida revoked its head coaching offer to Steve Masiello after it learned that he lied about his educational credentials.


HTMLCasino's Litigation Gamble Pays Off: Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Tax Credits to Offset Combined Group's Liability
Madison J. Barnett, Prentiss Willson; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2014, previously published on February 17, 2014
The Mississippi Supreme Court held that a casino operator was entitled to use tax credits—specifically, gambling license fee credits—earned by one combined group member to offset the entire combined group’s liability. Mississippi is generally a separate return state, but taxpayers...


HTMLSupreme Court on Copyright Infringement and Protection of Ideas
Richard Stobbe; Field Law;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014
Let’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...


HTMLNFL Cheerleader Cries Foul Over Compensation
Dawn M. Knepper; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014
Standard 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.


HTMLWhat Employers Can Learn From Legendary Coach John Wooden: Achievable, Basic Resolutions That Employers Should Keep in 2014
Marc R. Engel; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014
The legendary college basketball coach, John Wooden, famously taught his players on the first day of practice each year how to put their socks on correctly. Wooden believed first and foremost that elite basketball players needed healthy feet and that “sock instruction” was necessary to...


HTMLCopyright Castaway, Part II: The Supreme Court Brings Robinson Crusoe Ashore
Casey Chisick, Peter Henein, Stephanie Voudouris; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 2, 2014, previously published on December 24, 2013
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited decision in Robinson v. Cinar Corporation. At issue: whether an animated television series based on the well-known novel, Robinson Crusoe, infringed copyright in another proposed series based on the same underlying work and developed...


HTMLSupreme Court Partially Reverses, Partially Upholds Appeal In Robinson Curiosity Case
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 2, 2014, previously published on December 23, 2013
This Supreme Court copyright decision decides issues of 1) whether a substantial part of a work is reproduced; 2) the role of expert evidence in copyright infringement cases; and 3) to assess whether the trial judge committed reviewable errors in his award of damages, including disgorgement of...


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