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Massachusetts Gaming Commission to Decide Wynn Agreement With Boston

In the race for eastern Massachusetts’ sole casino license, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts attempted negotiating Surrounding Community Agreements with the City of Boston. The agreements are designed to compensate surrounding...more

“Raging Bull” Decision Highlights Importance of ADR in Entertainment Disputes

“Raging Bull” is a classic 1980 motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta. In the case of Petrella v. Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the United States Supreme Court recently...more

If Donald Sterling Fights the NBA, He’s Going to Lose

When I wrote my last post, the only statements we had from Donald Sterling regarding his recent scandal were those contained on the recording that got him in trouble in the first place. Since then, he spoke publicly for the...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...more

What A-Rod Can Teach About A-rbitration

Arbitration is in the news. Not just a buried paragraph in the business section, but the front page. (A three-arbitrator panel issued a 34-page arbitration award finding Major League Baseball was justified in suspending...more

Lance Armstrong Confession Injects New Life Into Insurance-Related Arbitration Dispute

Here is a cautionary tale for insurers with respect to the enforceability of settlement agreements. SCA Promotions, Inc. (SCA), a Dallas-based company that offers prize indemnification insurance to athletes, has been...more

Problematic Sports Industry Contract Provision No. 1 - The (Un)enforceability of Arbitration Provisions

The first problematic contract provision often found in sports industry contracts are arbitration provisions. Many sports industry owners beleive that arbitration is a helpful way to resolve contractual disputes...more

Is Jacob To Laban As Weiner Is To The Original Talk Radio Network?

Jacob was in love with Rachel, but he had a problem. What could he offer Rachel’s father Laban for her hand? Not having much, he offered to work for seven years. Laban seemed to find this acceptable, but when the seven years...more

Game Developer’s Conduct Justified Granting Publisher a Permanent Royalty-Free License

On April 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued an order upholding an arbitration award against a video game developer and granting a publisher a perpetual license in the developer’s game due to the...more

The Kinkade Case, Or How Not to Conduct an Arbitration

While all arbitrators aim for the highest level of quality control, errors occur. Sometimes these errors are pretty egregious, which is why we always recommend using a trusted and well-respected ADR provider and arbitrator....more

Consideration and Mutuality Remain Key for Enforceable Employment Arbitration Agreement

This decision, Sniezek v. Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, underlines the importance of observing the contractual nature of an agreement to arbitrate. It is also another case which warns of the dangers of an employer: a)...more

Legal Fallout of an Armstrong Confession [Video]

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Tim Herman, Lance Armstrong's long-time attorney and senior partner at Austin, Texas' Howry, Breen & Herman LLP, talks about the legal ramifications of an Armstrong confession to using performance...more

What Can the NHL Lockout Teach Us About Mediating Non-Compete and Trade Secret Disputes?

After 113 days, the NHL lockout ended with the NHL and its players association reporting that they have reached a tentative deal. Although they say that a lot of i's need to be dotted and t's need to be crossed, it looks as...more

Jams Dispute Resolution Alert -- Summer 2012

In This Issue: In Depth - Arbitration Allows Ad Hoc Panel to Sprint to Decisions in Olympic Disputes; ADR Conversations - Colin Rule Discusses the Intersection between ADR and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR); ADR News &...more

Business Litigation Report -- August 2012

In This Issue: - Firm News: Quinn Emanuel Continues to Build Out International Arbitration Practice and Quinn Emanuel Hosts U.S.-Style Mock Jury Trials in Taipei and Seoul - Main Article: Raising the...more

Can a Tennessee Titan Seek Workers' Comp in California?

Football is a violent game, and many of the warriors who play it professionally find their careers cut short by brutal injuries. Even those players who are able to complete an entire career without incident may find...more

Resolving Profit Participation Disputes Presents Unique Challenges

Originally published in the Daily Journal on June 21, 2012. Profit participation disputes are a world unto themselves, combining classic contract issues with special issues related to motion picture and television...more

Sports Arbitration Presentation, SLA Annual Meeting

Outline of sports arbitration in Olympic cases....more

Dispute Resolution Processes in Entertainment Contracts

James Kosa wrote an interesting and thoughtful piece over at slaw last week: Shape-Shifting Dispute Processes: Adapting the Process to the Type of IT Dispute. In it, he discusses "alternative dispute resolution (mediation or...more

Interesting Articles And News From Around the Web: 10/11-10/17/2010

Interesting Articles And News From Around the Web: 10/11-10/17/2010 Business Litigation News...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Holds that FAA Overrides Conflicting State Law Jurisdictional Provision

Citing the national policy favoring arbitration established in the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and Southland Corp. v. Keating, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the contractual agreement to arbitrate disputes preempts...more

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