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National Labor Relations Board Releases Unanimous Decision in Favor of Northwestern University and the NCAA

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declined to assert jurisdiction in Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), the union-organizing case involving grant-in-aid...more

Northwestern University Football Players Can’t Vote for Union Representation …but it’s not over until it’s over…

Depending on your allegiance, “the Play” was one of either the most memorable or the most infamous moments in the history of college football. It happened in the final seconds of 1982’s annual “Big Game” between the Stanford...more

NLRB Punts on College Athlete Unions

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued the long awaited decision in the Northwestern University football union case. 362 NLRB No. 167 (8/17/2015). In a rare display of unanimity, the five members of...more

NFL Deflategate Suit: Paving The Way For Forum Shopping in Federal Court

When a plaintiff decides to bring a lawsuit, one of the most crucial decisions he has to make is which judicial forum the case should be brought in. Many people only distinguish between state and federal courts. However,...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” and Provides Guidance on the Unpaid Intern Question

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued significant pro-employer decisions in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv) (“Fox”) and Wang v. Hearst Corp. (No. 13-4480-cv) (“Hearst”)...more

Maintaining the Magic: Disney's Use of Confidentiality Restrictions to Promote Character Integrity

When your business depends on a carefully-crafted public image, you do not want the public to know how hard you work to maintain that image. These days, that includes preventing your employees from revealing too much via...more

Pay to Play? How States Handle Signing Bonuses for Athletes

Non-CPA sports fans (and athletes themselves) increasingly appreciate the tax aspects of luring the best free agent athletes to their teams. One recent example is the whopper of a contract that agent Scott Boras cooked...more

Missouri Supreme Court “Calls an Audible,” Upholds Arbitration Agreement

In recent years, Missouri courts have seemed reluctant to enforce arbitration agreements entered into between employers and employees. But in a recent decision, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed that trend and compelled...more

Ontario Passes Protecting Child Performers Act

On April 30, 2015, Ontario passed Bill 17, entitled the Protecting Child Performers Act; on May 5, 2015, Bill 17 received Royal Assent, and so, by its terms, the Act will come into force in February 2016 (nine months from...more

Contracts Can Impose High Liquidated Damages in Some Cases

A few volumes ago, we wrote about the scope and enforceability of liquidated damages provisions in contracts, indicating that these provisions may only be enforced by courts where (i) the damages amount is not so unreasonably...more

Australia: Update: Giedo van der Garde cancels contract with Sauber

Giedo van der Garde withdrew his legal action against Sauber just prior to the Melbourne Grand Prix race following F1 Team Sauber’s indication that it would ignore the Victorian Court of Appeal decision and continue to refuse...more

Australia: Update: Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

Last year, we published a blog update regarding an incident involving Todd Carney that led to the termination of his contract with the Cronulla Sharks Football Club. In our update, we mentioned that it appeared no hearing had...more

Antitrust Class Actions Against Employers: A Silicon Valley Special?

One substitute for non-competes with employees is a no-hire agreement with competing employers. As the continuing litigation toll in the Silicon Valley illustrates, that option is illusory...more

Running Interference: S.D.N.Y. Lays Out Standards for Tortious Interference in Dispute Between Watchmaker and Former Employees

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to...more

When Xs and Os Go Awry: Recent College Coach Lawsuits Emphasize the Importance of Good Contract Language Even for "Intramural"...

The recent flurry of scandals in professional sports, particularly those from the NFL that dominated headlines in recent weeks, are not without their counterparts in the college ranks. Indeed, in the past year there have been...more

Three Point Shot

Female Football Player Throws Flag at LFL over Bare Wages - The three-year championship run of the Los Angeles Temptation was snapped in 2013 when the upstart Chicago Bliss, led by the quarterback and two-time league...more

The Majors, The Minors and Antitrust Training

In my last antitrust training blog, I admitted I didn’t know much about it and that I frankly thought of the topic as much less popular than others in most ethics and compliance training libraries. After writing about it,...more

The World Cup of Non-Competes

Can you imagine if FIFA allowed or enforced non-compete agreements that limited the ability of a player to hold dual citizenship and play for either country? Would the World Cup have suffered if brothers representing Ghana...more

Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

On 28 June 2014, a photo was posted on social media of Cronulla Sharks’ Football Club five eighth Todd Carney engaging in a lewd act in a nightclub bathroom. The Cronulla Sharks acted swiftly, organising a teleconference with...more

Musicians in the theatre production ‘War Horse’ lose their legal bid

Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction, or alternatively specific performance, to require the National...more

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

You Want Me To Do WHAT?! The Nudity Rider In Film And TV Projects

When we have our monthly strategy meetings with our marketing consultants about how we can generate traffic for this blog, they usually furrow their brows and ask if we can’t make our topics a little “sexier” in order to...more

Model Behavior? Brands Beware - U.S. Legal Changes Impact Use of Brand Ambassadors

Due to a recent increase in wage and hour claims in the entertainment industries, U.S. brands using models and spokespeople for their ads and marketing campaigns need to be conscious of how they treat talent who are not...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

The Miami Dolphins-A Code Red For Compliance

Tom Cruise: Did you order a Code Red? Jack Nicolson: You’re G__D__ right I ordered a Code Red. The above lines were spoken in the movie version of “A Few Good Men”. If there was ever one scene which demonstrated...more

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