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Disparaging, Degrading, Derogatory Trademarks: They're Now Enforceable Says Supreme Court

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may remember that several national sports franchises are under fire for trademarks and branding that is seen to be racially disparaging. The Washington Redskins are the first team to come to mind, and it wasn’t too long...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

Franchising and virtual reality and augmented reality – what legal issues you need to be considering now

by Dentons on

With predictions that Virtual Reality arcades may be a new trend, the time has come for franchisors to seriously consider the impact on franchising of the growth in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Although...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

New York Bill Follows California’s Lead to Recognize Professional Cheerleaders as Employees

It’s official—professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay...more

California Legislative Update

by Littler on

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

Year in Review: NLRB Edition

by Reed Smith on

With the new year upon us, we have rounded up some of the most important NLRB decisions of 2014. By all accounts, the NLRB was as active as ever in 2014. Its decisions and rulemaking will preoccupy HR and LR professionals in...more

Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchises

by Nossaman LLP on

In a thought-provoking article, Anthony F. Della Pelle considers the interesting question of whether the City of Los Angeles could simply “take” the LA Clippers via eminent domain. One might typically associate California’s...more

Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right For Your Restaurant Concept?

by LeClairRyan on

The franchise model can offer restaurateurs plenty of upside, which is precisely why franchise restaurants blanket the country. As growth vehicles go, however, franchising works better for some concepts than for others. Is...more

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

by DLA Piper on

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

Former Chapel Hill Tutor Indicted in Sports Agent Investigation

by Anthony Caruso on

Former Chapel Hill Tutor Indicted in Sports Agent Investigation by Anthony Caruso on October 7, 2013 A former UNC-Chapel Hill tutor who worked closely with Tar Heels football players has been indicted on charges of...more

Case Law – Hotel Regulations – States or Federal Government Authority

by Oserogho & Associates on

In this Issue:- 1. Legal Alert – Case Law – Hotel Regulations – States or Federal Government Authority 2. Disclaimer Notice. 3. Copyright Notice. Introduction On the 9th day of July 2013, the Supreme Court of...more

Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry

by Anthony Caruso on

Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry by Anthony Caruso on September 25, 2013 Several entertainment companies have been hit with lawsuits lately from unpaid interns...more

Top fashion legal topics – #2 special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy

by DLA Piper on

As part of the series of posts on the most relevant legal matters affecting the fashion industry, we discussed about wearable technologies and privacy while in this post we want to cover the issue of franchising agreements...more

New Mexico 2013 Tax Legislation Update

The recently concluded 2013 regular session of the New Mexico Legislature resulted in legislation enacting several significant changes to New Mexico’s tax programs, the majority of which are business friendly. Most of the...more

Trademark Essentials

by Matthew Blair on

Trademark Essentials, Registration, TEAS, Trademark infringement, incontestability....more

The Evolution of Sports Bankruptcies

by Steve Krause on

Team bankruptcies have never been more successful. Unsurprisingly, players and teams in the highflying, swing-for-the-fences world of sports often follow great success with failure. However, while players are still filing...more

China 20/20 - Legal & Regulatory Developments - March 2012

In This Issue: 2012 Annual Inspection for Foreign Invested Enterprises Kicks Off; China Amends the Measures for Disclosure of Franchise Information; China Clarifies Import Duty Treatment for Foreign Invested Projects;...more

Record-setting Dodgers Sale Sets High Price For Mets Franchise

by Bloomberg Law on

March 29 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia talks with Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist and editor-at-large Bill Rochelle and Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Roben Farzad about the sale of the Los Angeles...more

Section 2704 Tackles Estate For A Claims Court Loss

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A company formed to operate an NFL franchise runs afoul of Section 2704 at the death of its principal stockholder. While the estate put forth some creative arguments to elude the grasp of Section 2704,...more

10 STEPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR TRADEMARK (SERVICE MARK) - REGISTERED or NOT

by Alexander Butterman on

A TRADEMARK REGISTRATION CAN BE VALID INDEFINITELY PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TEN (10) STEPS ARE TAKEN: 1 through 8: USE the mark (this cannot be emphasized enough); 9: ENFORCE exclusive rights to the mark; and 10: RENEW...more

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way ... Unless You Eventually Become A Coyote Or Start Out As A Thrasher

For those of you following professional sports generally, and hockey in particular, you now know that Winnipeg has a new NHL team called the Winnipeg Jets. The “new” Jets recently unveiled their updated logo which you can see...more

Trademarks: 9th Circuit Identifies A New Set Of Four Factors For Adwords/Keyword-Advertising Disputes

by Douglas Lytle on

On March 8, 2011, the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Network Automation v. Advanced Sys. Concepts, --- F.3d ---, 2011 WL 815806 (9thC ir. 2011), addressing whether Network’s keyword advertising through Bing and Google...more

Royalty Financing: Another Creative Way for Start-Up Financing

by Doron Eghbali on

Still frozen market, rather onerous or non-existent funding channels and business uncertainty have made it rather impossible to launch a new business. Nonetheless, a rather novel funding option may relatively facilitate...more

Sports Law Newsletter - July 30, 2009

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: *Jim Brown v. Electronic Arts: Can Hall of Fame Football Player Jim Brown Score a Touchdown Against EA for Scrambling His Image? *A New Marketplace for Sports Franchises: Bankruptcy Court Please...more

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