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|Federal Circuit Finds Computer Bingo Patents Invalid as Abstract Ideas|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014On August 26, 2014, the Federal Circuit ruled that patent claims regarding computer-aided management of bingo games are invalid because they are directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea. The ruling in Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC is notable because it is one of the first Federal Circuit...
|The Game Case (Pillor Denton Ltd & Others v Jervis & Others)†- Victory for Landlords|
Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014Game Station Limited ('GAME') was the tenant of hundreds of retail properties. Rent was generally payable in advance each quarter. GAME went into administration on 26 March 2012, the day after the quarterly rent, of approximately £10 million, was due. Some stores were closed immediately but many...
|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...