Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

No Southern Hospitality for Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

The Mississippi AG issued an opinion last week declaring: “Fantasy sports wagering is illegal in the state of Mississippi under current law both on a licensed gaming floor and outside of a licensed gaming floor. Any change to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Sweet Home Alabama for Daily Fantasy?

Alabama Senator Sanford introduced a bill February 2 that would exempt fantasy from Alabama’s gambling law The bill also would establish the Fantasy Contests Act to regulate the operation of fantasy or simulated contests in this…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

St. Louis Rams’ Relocation to Los Angeles Sets Stage for Colossal Stadium Naming Rights Agreement

On Tuesday, January 12, the NFL owners voted 30–2 to formally approve the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, which concluded a hostile, multiple-year-long review process that ultimately deprives the city of St…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Supreme Court Holds that Rejected Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court rejected a strategy recently used by some defendants to defeat class actions in their infancy. In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (2016), a majority of the Court held…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

EEOC Proposes New Pay Data Reporting Requirements for Employers

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has published proposed revisions to the requirements associated with the Employer Information Report (EEO-1). The EEO-1 already requires employers with more than…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Hawaii is No Paradise for Daily Fantasy Sports – Skill Measured by Average Players, not Experts

Hawaii AG Doug Chin is one of the latest to opine that daily fantasy sports are illegal under that state’s law. According to a press release accompanying the opinion, “Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Tag, You’re It: Biometric Information Privacy Act Class Action Against Shutterfly Moves Past 12(b)(6)

Over the last six months, at least four putative class actions have been filed under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”)—an obscure Illinois statute passed about seven years ago to regulate the collection and use of…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Paint — Sue! VARA Claim Filed Against Detroit Real Estate Company

News of up-and-coming Detroit-based artist, Katherine Craig, splattered across headlines in the art world when she recently filed a lawsuit under Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). The complaint requests injunctive relief against…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Look Before You Leap – Pitfalls and Tripwires Inherent in Government Contracting

Accepting money from the Government, whether through a contract, grant, or other transaction, does not come for free. In the commercial world, companies typically engage in a cost/benefit analysis when they make major decisions,…more
| Government Contracting

Trade Agreements Act Updates for 2016 – New Year, Lower Thresholds

Every two years, the U.S. Trade Representative updates the dollar values at which certain international trade agreements apply to certain types of U.S. government contracts. This means that certain contracts over the dollar…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Human Trafficking Is Forbidden by Government Contracts. But What Is “Human Trafficking”?

FAR 52.222-50 prohibits “human trafficking.” To quote the current GEICO TV commercials, “Everybody knows that.” But do you know exactly what the FAR prohibits? The answer includes some obvious pernicious acts, but it also covers…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Warren Distribution, Inc. v. Royal Purple, LLC – What’s in a Name?

In this matter, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dismissed an opposition without prejudice in this precedential opinion because the party that filed the opposition was different from the party that sought and obtained an…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

State Agency’s Intentional Flooding for Environmental Protection Results in Physical Taking of Private Property – Strict Liability Applies

Pacific Shores Property Owners Association v. Department of Fish and Wildlife (1/20/16, C070201) - On January 20, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District of California ruled that where a state agency…more
| Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Bill to Nullify Clean Water Rule Vetoed

On January 19, 2016, President Obama vetoed legislation that, if approved, would have nullified the Clean Water Rule. The controversial rule, which redefines which water bodies qualify as “waters of the United States” under the…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

New York City Human Rights Law Expanded To Protect Caregivers

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) forbids employment discrimination on the basis of a number of protected characteristics, such as age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender (including gender identity and…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law
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