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Nike Voluntarily Dismisses Closely Watched Lawsuit Against Olympic Hopeful

Nike has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed against middle-distance runner and Olympic hopeful Boris Berian. At issue was whether Berian breached an endorsement agreement with Nike when—after the agreement’s...more

Great expectations? Let’s start with reasonable expectations

Expectations are a funny thing. They can be good in that they set forth an objective measure for expected performance, goals and standards of conduct. On the other hand, they can turn bad if they are unreasonable, or if they...more

NFL tries to pull a fast one on funding for head-trauma research

What’s $30 million among friends? When the National Football League offered in 2012 to provide that sum to support concussion research by the National Institutes of Health, the conventional wisdom held that the sports...more

The Alarming Statistics Behind TBI

Traumatic Brain Injuries, long known as a threat to athletes on the playing field also represent a serious threat in auto accidents, so talk to a Chicago accident attorney in the aftermath of a crash....more

The Latest Research on Sports-Related Injuries

The latest research on sports-related injuries has shown many new developments. First, the CDC found that ER visits in the U.S. have risen by about 60 percent in the past 10 years. About 170,000 youth sports-related brain...more

What Tom Brady, Underinflated Footballs, and “Deflategate” Teach Employers About Arbitration

Fans of unscrupulous professional football players and coaches often justify their heroes’ misbehavior with a now-classic sports adage: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” In the 1970s, for example, legendary Oakland...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

The Right of Publicity: How Much Control Do NFL Players Have Over Their Names?

How much control should athletes have over their names? Not an unlimited amount, according to one recent court ruling. Late last month, in Dryer v. National Football League, the Eighth Circuit denied an appeal by three...more

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's Claim of Pay Discrimination Should Remind Employers to Pay Attention to Unequal Pay

Most employers know that they cannot discriminate on the basis of sex by paying lower wages to the opposite sex for equal work. But what is considered “equal work” can be challenging for employers, especially for those who...more

Linebacker Vs. Teddy Bear

Former NFL player Shawne Merriman’s company sued the Vermont Teddy Bear Company over the trademark “Lights Out” last week....more

NFL Players’ Right of Publicity Claims Denied - J. F. Dryer et al. v. The National Football League

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a district court summary judgment in favor of defendants, denying plaintiffs’ publicity rights claims in footage and interviews made by the defendants and finding that...more

U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores Visibility for Pay Discrimination

As our readers may have heard, the star members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the...more

Equal Pay for Equal Play – U.S. Women’s National Team Files Wage Discrimination Claim Against

Five members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, including stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, filed a complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging that...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: FLANAX, Fishing Tackle, Football Players and More

Summaries of Recent Precedential and Informative Appellate Opinions - Trademark Opinions - Owners of Foreign Marks May Sue Under Lanham Act Without Using Marks in the US: Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG,...more

Court Denies Class Cert. in NCAA Antitrust Suit

The NCAA scored a victory last week with the denial of class certification in an antitrust suit challenging the association’s former ban on multiyear scholarships (the “One Year Rule”) and its cap on scholarships (the “GIA...more

High Profile Pay Equity “Champions”: U.S. Women’s Soccer Players File EEOC Wage Discrimination Charge

Today five members of the reigning World Cup and Olympic champion U.S. Women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging wage discrimination. In the EEOC charge,...more

New Complaint Highlights Continuing Battle over Pay Disparity by Gender in Sports

On March 31, 2016, came word that members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team are filing a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on the grounds that they are paid less than their male...more

Denial by Jerry Jones: Link between CTE and Professional Football

An all too familiar campaign of denial. It seems like every week a different retired football player from the National Football League publically reveals their private struggles with post-football related health issues,...more

Did NFL adopt Big Tobacco’s smokescreen ploy to deny concussion harms?

The National Football League may have taken a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, and played fast and loose with data used in “scientific studies” to downplay players’ risks from concussions, a New York Times investigation...more

Concussion May Triple the Risk of Suicide

Researchers at the University of Toronto have released the results of a study of the incidence of suicide in 236,000 concussion patients followed over a 20 year period. The findings, reported in the Canadian Medical...more

U.S. Supreme Court Punts on Dispute Involving NFL Players’ Publicity Rights

The Supreme Court passed on an opportunity to review a recent appellate court decision holding that a video game publisher is not protected by the First Amendment for using the likenesses of former NFL football stars in the...more

Former NFL Players’ Right of Publicity Claims Get Sidelined—Will We Hear From The Replay Officials?   

In Dryer v. The National Football League, three former gridiron gladiators who played in the NFL had their claims for right of publicity under state law tossed out by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. These three players...more

Litigation Alert: 8th Circuit Clarifies Reach of Copyright Act in Preempting Right of Publicity Claims

8th Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of NFL on former NFL players’ right of publicity claim, finding the claim to be preempted by the Copyright Act. Courts around the country have long struggled to define and...more

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Chicago personal injury attorneys often represent clients who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. They occur when someone slips and falls, is hit on the playing field, or when an individual is involved in an automobile...more

New Game Rules: Out-of-State Sports Team Physicians Now Allowed To Treat Players in Pennsylvania

New Legislation - Effective on February 4, 2016, sports team physicians visiting Pennsylvania with their teams from outside the state will now be permitted to treat their players in Pennsylvania without fear of...more

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