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More Lessons from ESPN

As we previously noted, ESPN laid off approximately 100 employees last week. While ESPN may be the world-wide leader in sports, they do not appear to be the world-wide leader in handling terminations as evidenced by their...more

Back Back Back Back Back and That Job is Gone!

ESPN is generally known as the worldwide leader in sports. This week, however, they were in the news for a reason that didn’t involve reporting on deflated balls, two people yelling at each other over a topic no one generally...more

Court Declines to Dismiss Jason Pierre-Paul’s Suit Against ESPN and Adam Schefter

The lawsuit filed by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for invasion of privacy has survived its first challenge from ESPN. ESPN filed a motion to dismiss...more

‘The Autumn Wind’ and the Right of Publicity

by Jackson Walker on

As a child of the 60’s and 70’s and an insatiable NFL football fan, I can still hear the swaggering voice of narrator John Facenda in the now-iconic 1974 NFL Films production “The Autumn Wind,” which has been dubbed The...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

Schilling Firing: Can You Fire An Employee for What They Say on Social Media?

by Cozen O'Connor on

This week ESPN fired pitcher-turned-broadcaster Kurt Schilling for an allegedly offensive tweet about the recently passed law in North Carolina requiring persons to use the restroom associated with the sex of their birth. As...more

Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN and Adam Schefter for tweeting photo of medical records

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has filed suit against ESPN and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for violations of Florida Statute § 456.057 and for invasion of privacy arising from a tweet containing a photo of...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #3

With EU Safe Harbor Invalidated, Companies Ask: What Now? - What happens now?: That is the question that businesses across the country are asking after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) threw out the...more

Draft Kings Class Action Argues Data Leak Revealed “Insider Trading” – But Can Case Survive Arbitration Clause?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Draft Kings and Fan Duel, competing daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites, have been vying for attention by flooding the airwaves with a reported 60,000 commercials this year. However, a recent data leak has resulted in less...more

Deflategate for Labor Lawyers

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

With the NFL season just beginning, and Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots to victory over the Steelers, we decided to provide you with a bit of football-inspired labor law. On September 3, 2015, Judge Robert Berman...more

Courts Assess Whether Client and Lawyer Agents are Inside or Outside Privilege Protection: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point discussed a court's consideration of privilege protection for communications with client and lawyer agents. Two weeks later, another court analyzed Debevoise & Plimpton's argument that the...more

Don't Fumble Your HIPAA Obligations: Ensure Your HIPAA Playbook Implements Appropriate Protections for Patients

by Polsinelli on

The injuries suffered by a professional football player brought the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA") onto center stage of the media during the days...more

Lloyd’s Likeness: A Hat Trick to Superstardom and Mega Endorsements

by Weintraub Tobin on

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week, you know who Carli Lloyd is. If, however, you do not, she is the reigning World Cup MVP for Team USA. On Sunday, in perhaps the most astonishing World Cup...more

HIPAA and Jason Pierre-Paul’s Medical Chart – Setting the Record Straight

by Benesch on

Last night, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted a photo of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical chart, which chart indicated that Pierre Paul had his index finger amputated. The amputation was apparently...more

Anonymous Information Actionable under the VPPA?

Technology has allowed consumers to use Apps and devices to stream their favorite content at the touch of a button. The popularity of these streaming Apps and devices has raised legal issues with regard to privacy....more

Preemption of State-Law Tort Claims by the Copyright Act - Ray v. ESPN

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of the preemption of state-law claims by the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the district court’s dismissal of several state-law tort claims because the claims are...more

Three Point Shot - May 2015

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

"Wild Thing" Forced to Tap Out in Battle against ESPN - Last month, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals forced former professional wrestler Steve "Wild Thing" Ray to tap out in his battle against ESPN by dismissing the...more

ESPN Productions Scores Win with Indiana Tax Court’s Ruling Prohibiting Public Access to its Tax Returns and Trade Secrets

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 9, 2015, ESPN Productions, Inc. recorded its biggest play of the day in the Indiana Tax Court, when the Court granted the Company’s request to seal from public disclosure tax returns, a production services agreement,...more

FCC Announces List of Top Five Nonbroadcast Networks Subject to Video Description Obligations

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC recently updated the list of national nonbroadcast networks that are subject to certain video description rules in an Order and Public Notice released March 6, 2015. Starting July 1, 2015, the top five national...more

Google/Viacom Win Video Privacy Protection Act Case – Common Sense Finally Emerges

by Ifrah PLLC on

In an important decision in a federal court case in New Jersey, In Re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation, Google and Viacom obtained a dismissal of a claim against them under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of March 19

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

AC35167 - Perugini v. Giuliano: Pro se husband sued his ex-wife’s lawyers claiming violation of the RPC and intentional infliction of emotional distress for failure to disclose the attorney’s past representation of the...more

FCC Proposes Fines of More Than $1.9M for EAS Violations

On March 3, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) that proposes substantial fines totaling more than $1.9 million against Viacom, ESPN and NBCUniversal (the...more

Could Johnny Football Go To Jail?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

ESPN reported in August that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel “…agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure flat fee during his trip to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship.” Of course the...more

The NCAA Takes a Few More Hits

Unless you’re inflicted with the most severe kind of equinophobia, you probably don’t get much satisfaction from seeing a dead horse get beat. But since the horse that is the NCAA’s current player compensation system appears...more

Can Brent Musburger Take A Leave Of Absence From ESPN For Work-Induced Stress?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Feel free to call me out for shamelessly piling on veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger. But by now, you know that issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act are part of the American fabric as much as baseball and...more

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