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Mark Madness: Avoiding Trademark Landmines in College Sports

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, the Washington Post reported on a Maryland high school’s thwarted attempt to expand its use of a green hornet mascot logo which resembles Georgia Tech’s famous “Buzz” mascot trademark. The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

From The Playing Field To The Courtroom: The State Of Current Legal Challenges Brought By Student-Athletes

by Fisher Phillips on

As the U.S. Supreme Court stated in a 1984 decision involving the University of Oklahoma, there exists in this country a “revered tradition of amateurism in college sports.” Despite this tradition, there have been an...more

Six years after Penn State, has college athletics really reformed its crisis response?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2011, the world of higher education — and the entire nation — was rocked by the shocking revelation of the criminal actions of longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Equally shocking was the reaction...more

National College Players Association Urges Prospective Student-Athletes To Negotiate Scholarship Terms With Colleges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) and Executive Director Ramogi Huma’s (Huma) efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team failed when the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the...more

Is the NCAA Out of Bounds on Academics?

An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question: Who is responsible for...more

Play is Not Work: Judge Dismisses Former USC Linebacker’s Wage and Hour Lawsuit

by Baker Donelson on

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson’s attempt to be declared an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was soundly defeated in federal court. Dawson brought the lawsuit on...more

Fair Use is Not Always Fair

Photographer TC Reiner sued Watkins Institute and its student Ryon Nishimori for copyright infringement when Nishimori incorporated one of Reiner’s copyrighted photographs into a mock advertisement for a classroom assignment...more

Leading Tax Counsel For College Athletes Advise They May Not Realize How Good They Now Have It

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this interview with the LEAD Association, tax partner Lorry Spitzer examines the tax implications of paying college athletes....more

College Athletes (Still) Not Employees

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The District Court for the Northern District of California has weighed in on whether student athletes are “employees” under the law. On April 25, 2017, the Court dismissed a proposed class action brought by a former...more

NCAA To Address Historic Early Recruiting Legislation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Landmark reform to restrict colleges’ aggressive early recruiting tactics of student-athletes is on the agenda at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Council April 12-14 annual meeting....more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - April 2017

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year in the early morning hours of Friday, sending to Governor Nathan Deal a major slate of bills, including a failing schools turnaround program, a pilot program for highly...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

Texas Spotlights Transgender Athlete Issues as Bill Progresses in Legislature

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Texas University Interscholastic League’s constitution requires that student-athletes compete according to the gender on their birth certificate. In February, a 17-year-old transgender male was required to wrestle against...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

UC Berkeley To Remove More Than 20,000 Online Videos From Public Access In Response To DOJ Captioning Demand

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fewer online videos from UC Berkeley will available to the public as a result of a DOJ demand that the videos have closed captioning....more

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Bold Stance on Student Athletes

by Cozen O'Connor on

More than a year and a half after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) ruled that Northwestern University’s football players could not form a union, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced his...more

The NLRB Throws a Flag on NCAA Division I Football and Explains Some Rules to Colleges and Universities

In an official memorandum entitled “General Counsel’s Report on the Statutory Rights of University Faculty and Students in the Unfair Labor Practice Context,” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard...more

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded....more

Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Not Entitled to Minimum Wage Payment

In recent years, college athletes have made multiple attempts to gain protection under various federal labor laws. For example, the NLRB recently rejected an attempt by football players at Northwestern to unionize....more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

by Butler Snow LLP on

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

NCAA Athletes Aren’t Employees — Or Are They?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Several recent legal efforts have attempted to provide student-athletes with a piece of the financial pie resulting from events like Monday’s national championship game, which reportedly netted the NCAA around $470 million in...more

Game Over for NCAA Student Athletes Seeking Employee Status? 7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of U. Penn Athletes’ FLSA Complaint

On December 5, 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by two University of Pennsylvania track and field athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the university, and more than...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The holidays have come and gone and folks in Harrisburg are ready to get back to the legislative grind. On Tuesday, the General Assembly convened the 2017-2018 legislative session and six new Senators and...more

Fight On? Student-Athletes Press for Employee Status Despite Seventh Circuit Rejection

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Bong … Bong … Bong … that is the death knell you thought you heard following the decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin) in Berger v. NCAA earlier this month. After that...more

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