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Taking His Talents To The Southern District Of New York: Are LeBron James’ Tattoos Subject To Copyright?

by Weintraub Tobin on

With nearly 30% of Americans sporting at least one tattoo (up from 20% just four years ago), tattoos are becoming commonplace. This is even clearer among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials sporting ink. ...more

Pinpointing cancer’s cause: a costly, complex, maddening challenge

What exactly causes cancer? That may be, recent news reports indicate: - a question that’s heading into the billion-dollar range for a Big Pharma firm; - a painful conundrum for a Major League Baseball...more

Concussion Can Cause Abnormalities in Organ Systems Through Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The open source journal Brain Science has just published a survey of literature demonstrating that a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) , otherwise known as concussion, is a complex pathophysiological process that can have a...more

New Information on Photophobia following TBI

One of the most common symptoms following TBI is photophobia, an intense intolerance to light that can cause significant discomfort, interfere with activities of daily living, and contribute to post traumatic headaches. It...more

Who Says There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? -- the US Tax Court in Jacobs v. Commissioner Ruled That There May Be Such a...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Judge Ruwe ruled in Jeremy M. Jacobs and Margaret J. Jacobs v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. 24 (June 26, 2017), that a free lunch may exist today under Federal tax law. In this case, the taxpayers, owners of the Boston Bruins of...more

The DRAY DAY Trademark: Can Dray Save the Day?

by Fish & Richardson on

Last month, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green filed an intent to use trademark application (Ser. No. 87/452,792) for DRAY DAY across a broad spectrum of goods and services, including athletic apparel, barbells,...more

Visa Options For Athletes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In these days of “extreme vetting,” entering the United States as a business visitor (B visa or Visa Waiver status, with an ESTA approval) can have its hazards – especially for athletes who need to enter the United States...more

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

Evaluating human rights risks for mega-sporting event hosts

by DLA Piper on

Businesses involved in major sporting events will increasingly need to have a more sophisticated understanding of how their activities, products and services might be involved in adverse human rights impacts. In recent months...more

LeBron, Stephan and the Essence of Florida Non-Competes

by Burr & Forman on

As this blog post goes to press, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics just began their series to determine which team will face the winner of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs....more

Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Dynamics

When a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), family dynamics are forever changed. The athletic boy who suffered a blow to the head during batting practice no longer is able-bodied. The academic girl who...more

Detroit Updates Its Jock Tax

by Fraser Trebilcock on

In March of this year, the City of Detroit officially codified its jock tax and released new income tax guidelines which clarify how professional athletes should apportion their income to Detroit for purposes of its city...more

Cleveland Brewery’s Use of His Likeness Not Very Well Liked by Lebron James

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Yesterday, it was reported by the Bleacher Report that Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star, Lebron James, was displeased with the fact that a brewer located in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Great Lakes Brewing Company may have...more

Representing the Professional Athlete: The Importance of Personal Counsel

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a former sports agent, I am often asked what it takes to become an agent. Many people assume you have to have a law degree, but while being a licensed attorney or having a law degree would be helpful, they are not...more

What Famous Quarterback Named Elisha Allegedly Provided Fake Helmets To Sports Dealers?

Elisha is the two time Super Bowl MVP New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Collecting equipment used, or uniforms worn, during an NFL game is big business. Young and old alike want these items to feel close to their...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

MLB All-Stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman Cry Foul at Al Jazeera’s Documentary on Sports Dopers

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The defamation lawsuit by retired three-time All-Star Philadelphia Phillies first-baseman Ryan Howard and All-Star Washington Nationals first-baseman Ryan Zimmerman against Al Jazeera over the controversial documentary The...more

Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Federal Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero struck a blow to MLB when he reversed course on his earlier decision and recertified a minor league collective and class action against MLB....more

Chicago Professional Sports Teams Seek Workers’ Compensation Reform

by Howard Ankin on

The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox have written a letter to a state representative in a show of support for a new bill that could detrimentally affect the workers’ compensation claims of injured...more

Three Point Shot - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Ski Manufacturer Chills Bode Miller's Comeback - World champion skier and six-time Olympic medalist Samuel "Bode" Miller had his eye on coming out of retirement for the 2016-17 season before a contract dispute with his...more

Longitudinal Study Finds that Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) May Be Permanent

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

University of Toronto researchers have just published an important longitudinal study following patients with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) based on a diagnosis of concussion in conformity with the international sport...more

“Rest Until Symptom Recovery” May Not be the Best Medicine for Children and Adolescents Recovering from Acute Concussion

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on December 20, 2016, Canadian researchers found that children and adolescents who returned to exercise within seven days of experiencing a...more

What’s in a name? Registration obtained for “Johnny Hockey”

Applying for a federal trademark registration for a name or nickname can be tricky business. For example, the registration of a mark is prohibited if it is “primarily merely a surname,” meaning that the primary significance...more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

Supreme Court Denies Review of NFL Players’ Concussion Settlement

In April of 2015, Pennsylvania federal district court judge Anita B. Brody approved a settlement between the National Football League (NFL) and retired football players intended to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits...more

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