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Limiting tort liability for cannabis: Dram shop-type laws

As more states enact laws legalizing the sale of medical and recreational marijuana, cannabis businesses may start to question whether they could be held liable if customers cause injury or harm to others while using their...more

Express Waiver of Assumption of Risk – Gross Negligence Exception

Stacey Chavez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (July 8, 2015) - California’s public policy in favor of sporting and leisure activities provides strong support for...more

Advertising Law - June 2015

Fifty Years Later, Still Feeling the Impact of 1965 - In 1965, TV spots ran for 60 seconds . . . mostly in black & white. A first-class stamp cost five cents. (Remember mail?) Bonanza ruled the airwaves, while...more

Intellectual Property 2014 Year in Review

The year 2014 saw some important developments in the area of intellectual property law. A number of intellectual property-related issues even made national headlines. Who can forget the public debate over the rightful...more

Win Some, Lose Some: Assumption of Risk Defense Fails for Sports Complex Owners; Claims Against Dome Seller Dismissed

A plaintiff bringing product liability and premises liability claims against multiple defendants in an effort to cover all bases often leads to different legal defenses among classes of co-defendants and a scattered offense...more

Advertising Law - January 2015 #2

Safeway Must Pay Customers for Higher Online Prices - A California federal court judge has ruled in a breach of contract suit that Safeway is liable to customers who paid more for items online than in the store. ...more

UK: Saracens Rugby Club adopts innovative approach to analysing concussion injuries

With the profound and long-lasting medical consequences of concussion becoming increasingly evident, Saracens Rugby Club has joined other sports organisations in adopting measures to protect the health of their players....more

GLOBAL: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall

In the past decade or so, manufacturers in the developed world that would previously have created their entire product in their own country now outsource manufacture to other parts of the world. This has had significant...more

Advertising Law - September 2014 #2

Use of Flawed Study Results in $3.5M Settlement with FTC - For relying upon the results of a flawed study to make what the Federal Trade Commission characterized as “baseless” and “hopelessly flawed” weight-loss claims...more

Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchases Round Two: Google Faces Class Action

Just two months after Apple’s settlement with the FTC over lax parental controls over children’s in-app purchases, Google takes the spotlight with claims of unauthorized children’s in-app purchases in the Google Play Store!...more

Cherms v. Sony Online Entertainment LLC - California Superior Court, February 2014

Plaintiff sued Sony Online Entertainment, a publisher, developer, and seller of video games, for negligence and products liability, alleging that he suffered emotional distress as a result of his adult son’s addiction to...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...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

Flagrant Foul: NFL Sued by 12 Former Players Over Concussions

The discussion of brain injuries among National Football League (NFL) athletes is becoming weekly news. Concussions are knocking marquee players out of games and in some cases, out of the league. It is no wonder that...more

TV and DDL Guide

This is the time of the year when critics and pundits come out with their top (and, sometimes, bottom) ten lists. Bexis will soon recite his most and least favorite court decisions of the year, with his usual withering wit...more

Canadian Marketing, Advertisng & Regulatory Law Update

A year in review from Heenan Blaikie's national Marketing, Advertising & Regulatory Law practice....more

Concussions and Kids and Consumers' Pocket Books

A hot topic in the world of sport safety these days is concussion. It’s not the first time we’ve covered the topic. Thanks to an increasing awareness that concussions can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI), cognitive...more

Zachs’ Law Helps To Prevent A Child from Being Injured on The Soccer Field

This summer, protects children on soccer fields. In 2003, 6 year old Zach Tran became the 36th victim in the United States to die as the result of unsafe soccer goals; many more have been injured. The sad reality is that...more

Former Players Sue NFL Over Head Injuries

Last month, 75 ex-football players filed suit the National Football League seeking unspecified amounts of damages for head injuries sustained over their careers. In the lawsuit, the players allege that the NFL knew of the...more

Never Underestimate the Power of Addiction

THE POWER OF ADDICTION Never, ever, I mean do not underestimate the power of addiction. Whether it is your addiction, a family member’s addiction or a friend’s addiction, it is all the same. Some are more self...more

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