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I’m Ready For My Close-Up: SEC Puts The Focus On Moviemaker Over Hostile Takeover Maneuvers

In a story right out of the movies, complete with “poison pills” and “white squires,” the SEC announced on March 13, 2014 that motion picture company Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation settled charges that it failed to...more

Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right For Your Restaurant Concept?

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

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

California's Revised LLC Statute Could Have Profound Effects on Entertainment Industry Limited Liability Companies

The use of limited liability companies, or LLCs, is pervasive in the entertainment industry. Writers, actors, directors and other “talent” often render their creative services through single-member “loan-out” LLCs. Providers...more

False Notes in the Music Industry: Fiduciary Duty of Business Partners

A “fiduciary duty” is imposed by law upon parties with certain relationships dependent on a high level of trust and confidence. According to the Supreme Court of Virginia, a fiduciary relationship is established “whenever a...more

NJ Joins the CrowdFunding Race

The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, which...more

Can Blowout Football Game Qualify as Illegal Bullying?

New Jersey has some of the toughest bullying laws in the country, but could annihilating your opponent in a high school football game really constitute a violation? In Texas, school officials were forced to consider such...more

Appendix - Opening-up Measures for Service Sectors (China)

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Update: Crackdown on Casino AML Deficiencies Continues as Caesars Entertainment Corp. becomes subject of FinCEN and DOJ...

On October 21, 2013, Caesars Entertainment Corp. (“Caesars”) announced in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that its subsidiary Desert Palace, Inc. (owner of Caesars Palace) was under investigation for...more

Los Angeles Business Journal Forum: Go Westwood Angelenos?

>LABJ Forum -- Go Westwood Angelenos? >Ian Imrich, Chief Executive, Law Offices of Ian J. Imrich, APC: "I've been working in Westwood for a decade and visiting longer, and it's not the cat's meow it once was. ...more

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION: APPLICANT: Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC PRINCIPALS: Joseph...

Executive Summary: On January 15, 2013, Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC (“Applicant” or “SSR”) filed an application for a Category 1 gaming license with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”). The proposed...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Continues Busy Fall Schedule As Application Deadlines Loom

Region C Contenders Have Lingering Process Questions. The Commission held its 77th open public meeting on September 19. Highlights from the meeting included a discussion regarding Region C. Karen Wells, the...more

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB by Anthony Caruso on October 9, 2013 After several weeks of speculation, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Major League...more

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson by Dan Brecher on October 9, 2013 Does Grumpy Cat have more Twitter followers than your business? If so, maybe it’s time for an animal...more

Former Chapel Hill Tutor Indicted in Sports Agent Investigation

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

Will Yankees Give In To Cano’s $300-Million Contract Request?

Will Yankees Give In To Cano’s $300-Million Contract Request? by Anthony Caruso on October 4, 2013 New York Yankee's second basemen Robinson Cano is reportedly requesting a record $300-million contract to be spread out...more

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013 Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more

EA Sports Enters Into Settlement Agreement With College Athletes

EA Sports Enters Into Settlement Agreement With College Athletes by Anthony Caruso on October 2, 2013 Video game producer Electronic Arts Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company have agreed to pay out roughly $40...more

NCAA Lifts Certain Penn State Sanctions

NCAA Lifts Certain Penn State Sanctions by Anthony Caruso on September 30, 2013 The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently announced its decision to reduce several of the sanctions it levied against Penn...more

Apple Offers Refunds in Response to “Breaking Bad” Lawsuit

Apple Offers Refunds in Response to “Breaking Bad” Lawsuit by Dan Brecher on September 27, 2013 Fans of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” will not have to call in “attorney” Saul Goodman after all. Facing a class-action...more

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

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

Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) v. Texas Racing Commission (TRC)

USDC Order Dismissing Dormant Commerce Clause Challenge

The USDC for Western District of Texas (Austin Division) found that the Texas "in-person" gaming requirement with respect to advanced deposit wagering does not discriminate against or unduly burden interstate commerce. The...more

Court Upholds Law Prohibiting Sports Betting in New Jersey

Court Upholds Law Prohibiting Sports Betting in New Jersey by Anthony Caruso on September 20, 2013 The legalization of sports betting in New Jersey is becoming more bleak, following a court's recent decision to uphold a...more

Will D.J. Fluker, Luther Davis Controversy Have Wider Implications for Sports Agent Laws in Certain States?

Will D.J. Fluker, Luther Davis Controversy Have Wider Implications for Sports Agent Laws in Certain States? by Anthony Caruso on September 18, 2013 In the aftermath of an exclusive Yahoo! Sports report, which implicates...more

Will D.J. Fluker, Luther Davis Controversy Have Wider Implications for Sports Agent Laws in Certain States?

Will D.J. Fluker, Luther Davis Controversy Have Wider Implications for Sports Agent Laws in Certain States? by Anthony Caruso on September 18, 2013 In the aftermath of an exclusive Yahoo! Sports report, which implicates...more

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