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|Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Legislation to Create Sports Development Program|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 20, 2014Orlando, 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
|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...
|Non-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.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014Our 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.
|Casino'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;
March 4, 2014, previously published on February 17, 2014The 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...
|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...
|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.
|What Employers Can Learn From Legendary Coach John Wooden: Achievable, Basic Resolutions That Employers Should Keep in 2014|
Marc R. Engel; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014The 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...
|Copyright Castaway, Part II: The Supreme Court Brings Robinson Crusoe Ashore|
Casey Chisick, Peter Henein, Stephanie Voudouris; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
January 2, 2014, previously published on December 24, 2013Yesterday, 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...
|Supreme Court Partially Reverses, Partially Upholds Appeal In Robinson Curiosity Case|
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 2, 2014, previously published on December 23, 2013This 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...