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Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchises

In a thought-provoking article, Anthony F. Della Pelle considers the interesting question of whether the City of Los Angeles could simply “take” the LA Clippers via eminent domain. One might typically associate California’s...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 183

In This Issue: - Fourth Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment For Manufacturer In Exclusive Dealing Case: Despite being one of two manufacturers that control 99% of the market, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. has...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

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

"Chain" versus "Independent" A View from an Operator of Independent Hotels

In recent years, the topic of "brand versus independent" has become increasingly popular. Every industry conference has a panel titled the same, numerous articles - and blogs - are being written on the topic by every...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

Case Law – Hotel Regulations – States or Federal Government Authority

In this Issue:- 1. Legal Alert – Case Law – Hotel Regulations – States or Federal Government Authority 2. Disclaimer Notice. 3. Copyright Notice. Introduction On the 9th day of July 2013, the Supreme Court of...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

Top fashion legal topics – #2 special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy

As part of the series of posts on the most relevant legal matters affecting the fashion industry, we discussed about wearable technologies and privacy while in this post we want to cover the issue of franchising agreements...more

New Mexico 2013 Tax Legislation Update

The recently concluded 2013 regular session of the New Mexico Legislature resulted in legislation enacting several significant changes to New Mexico’s tax programs, the majority of which are business friendly. Most of the...more

Trademark Essentials

Trademark Essentials, Registration, TEAS, Trademark infringement, incontestability....more

The Evolution of Sports Bankruptcies

Team bankruptcies have never been more successful. Unsurprisingly, players and teams in the highflying, swing-for-the-fences world of sports often follow great success with failure. However, while players are still filing...more

China 20/20 - Legal & Regulatory Developments - March 2012

In This Issue: 2012 Annual Inspection for Foreign Invested Enterprises Kicks Off; China Amends the Measures for Disclosure of Franchise Information; China Clarifies Import Duty Treatment for Foreign Invested Projects;...more

Record-setting Dodgers Sale Sets High Price For Mets Franchise [Video]

March 29 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia talks with Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist and editor-at-large Bill Rochelle and Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Roben Farzad about the sale of the Los Angeles...more

Section 2704 Tackles Estate For A Claims Court Loss

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A company formed to operate an NFL franchise runs afoul of Section 2704 at the death of its principal stockholder. While the estate put forth some creative arguments to elude the grasp of Section 2704,...more

10 STEPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR TRADEMARK (SERVICE MARK) - REGISTERED or NOT

A TRADEMARK REGISTRATION CAN BE VALID INDEFINITELY PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TEN (10) STEPS ARE TAKEN: 1 through 8: USE the mark (this cannot be emphasized enough); 9: ENFORCE exclusive rights to the mark; and 10: RENEW...more

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way ... Unless You Eventually Become A Coyote Or Start Out As A Thrasher

For those of you following professional sports generally, and hockey in particular, you now know that Winnipeg has a new NHL team called the Winnipeg Jets. The “new” Jets recently unveiled their updated logo which you can see...more

Trademarks: 9th Circuit Identifies A New Set Of Four Factors For Adwords/Keyword-Advertising Disputes

On March 8, 2011, the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Network Automation v. Advanced Sys. Concepts, --- F.3d ---, 2011 WL 815806 (9thC ir. 2011), addressing whether Network’s keyword advertising through Bing and Google...more

Royalty Financing: Another Creative Way for Start-Up Financing

Still frozen market, rather onerous or non-existent funding channels and business uncertainty have made it rather impossible to launch a new business. Nonetheless, a rather novel funding option may relatively facilitate...more

Sports Law Newsletter - July 30, 2009

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: *Jim Brown v. Electronic Arts: Can Hall of Fame Football Player Jim Brown Score a Touchdown Against EA for Scrambling His Image? *A New Marketplace for Sports Franchises: Bankruptcy Court Please...more

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