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Queen v. Schultz

Queen v. Schultz - USCA, D.C. Circuit, April 4, 2014 - Defendant Ed Schultz is a radio and television personality currently hosting “The Ed Show” on the MSNBC network. Plaintiff Michael Queen is an NBC employee who...more

NLRB Rules That Scholarship Football Players At Northwestern University Are “Employees” Under The National Labor Relations Act...

Earlier this week, NLRB Regional Director for Region 13, Peter Sung Ohr, issued a highly publicized decision and ruled that grant-in-aid scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under the...more

What Does The NLRB’s College Football Players Union Decision Mean For Other Universities?

Northwestern University scholarship football players are employees of the university for the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), NLRB Chicago Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr held on Wednesday. The...more

Stop And Smell The Trade Secrets

What do Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Celine Dion all have in common? Until recently, their own unique perfumes produced by Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, the largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer in the world. ...more

Sports Law - Feb 25, 2014: Losing Streak: Athletes Seeking Workers’ Comp. In California Suffer Setbacks

Professional athletes seeking to take advantage of California’s historically beneficial workers’ compensation scheme suffered back-to-back defeats to close out 2013. Even as public attention to the long-term effects of...more

Why A-Rod Faces Long Odds in His Attempt to Overturn the Grievance Arbitration Award

On Saturday January 11, 2014, arbitrator Frank Horowitz reduced Alex Rodriguez’s suspension from 211 games to 162 games (plus any 2014 post-season games) for his use of performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and obstruction of...more

The Fate Of Hollywood Internship Programs May Rest With The Second Circuit

Former interns used to get revenge against their employers by writing tell-all blog posts and memoirs. Now, they’re lending their names to plaintiffs’ lawyers, who then file wage-and-hour class or collective actions alleging...more

Free Speech and Ron Burgundy: Lessons from Hunter v. CBS

A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 19, 2013

Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. - California Court of Appeal reverses denial of CBS’s anti-SLAPP motion to strike plaintiff’s gender and age discrimination claims, finding that selection of weather anchors is...more

A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created

Hedden v. Kean University, A-4999-12T2, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division on October 24, 2013, provides a tutorial on the ability of low to mid level employees to create privileged attorney-client communications,...more

Talent Agencies Act: Entertainment Lawyers Not Laughing

Entertainment litigators routinely use the Talent Agencies Act, California Labor Code 1700 to their advantage. The Act is used to void compensation contracts between artists and various representatives. For, the first an...more

A-Rod Situation Highlights Risks of Long-Term Contracts

A-Rod Situation Highlights Risks of Long-Term Contracts by Gary S. Young on August 16, 2013 The two contracts previously awarded to Alex Rodriguez are widely regarded as being the two worst contracts in the history of...more

NFL Concussion Lawsuits in Philadelphia

Earlier this month, a federal court in Philadelphia heard arguments about concussions in the National Football League (NFL). More than 4,100 plaintiffs, who are part of 222 consolidated lawsuits, are at the beginning of the...more

Information Friday: Some News to End Your Week

Here’s a round-up of ADR news happening around the world. So, take a break, grab a cup of coffee and get informed!...more

USCIS Issues RFE Templates for Certain Non-Immigrant Extraordinary Ability Categories

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Requests for Evidence (RFE) can be a source of significant frustration for immigration practitioners and their clients. They sometimes reflect that a) the officer did...more

BaZynga!

Free-to-play games are all the rage these days. Many people while away their days playing Angry Birds, or Words with Friends before going home to watch Monday Night Football. Nerds — and, increasingly, “normal people” — do...more

Around the Virtual World - November 16, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Beyonce Still Can't Nix Video Game Suit, Appeals Court Says - Video Game Co.'s Award Doubled To...more

Game Over: Time Runs Out on Assistant Coach

Usually, a negligent misrepresentation case from the Minnesota Supreme Court would fall a bit outside my usual purview for blogging. But as a lifelong Kentucky basketball fan, how could I resist commenting on Williams v....more

10 Questions About the Harassment Lawsuit Against Geno Auriemma

Yesterday, a security director for the NBA filed a lawsuit against USA Basketball, UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma, and the NBA. It is just that — a complaint — nothing more and nothing less. Yet it is treated...more

TV Writers and Proskauer Client CAA Reach Preliminary Agreement to Settle

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and representatives of a class of television writers today announced the settlement of a case alleging age discrimination in the representation of television writers. The case was the last...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - February 23, 2012

Table of Contents Benay v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.  Benay v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., USDC Central District of California, February 14, 2012 District court grants...more

California Court of Appeal Rejects Anti-SLAPP Motion in a Retaliation and Wrongful Termination Case

The anti-SLAPP statute (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation), California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, is commonly used outside the employment litigation context to test the merits of a lawsuit at an...more

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