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HTMLNew Class Action Alleges NCAA and 11 Conferences Formed ‘“Monopsony’” Over College Athletes
Shawn N. Butte; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 28, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014
Three former college athletes are the latest to file a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), asserting the NCAA and its 11 conferences collectively share "monopsony" over college athletes.


HTMLFederal Circuit Finds Computer Bingo Patents Invalid as Abstract Ideas
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014
On 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...


HTMLThe Game Case (Pillor Denton Ltd & Others v Jervis & Others)†- Victory for Landlords
Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014
Game 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...


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.


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