Inside NFL's Jaguars Owner's Fulham FC Purchase
Jeffrey M. Stein, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.A., et al. v. Buccaneers Limited Partnership, No. 8:13-cv-02136-SDM-AEP (Oct. 24, 2013).
Three dentists, a pest control service and two other alleged recipients of unsolicited faxes...more
In This Issue:
- IS THIS REALLY A JOB FOR THE TRADEMARK OFFICE?
Legal proceedings involving mass murders and lurid sexual escapades get lots of media attention.
Trademark cases? Not so much.
Two federal appellate courts held this summer that the First Amendment does not insulate video game maker Electronic Arts (“EA”) from right of publicity suits brought by football players whose likenesses it used as part of...more
Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban had a big victory here in Dallas Wednesday. He was cleared of all charges of insider trading....more
We continue the football theme as an entrée into compliance by looking at Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. I am a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan so having someone like Snyder as the owner of your main rival at the...more
Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”), owner of the $4 billion John Madden Football videogame franchise, thought it had a pretty good defense when Robin Antonick filed suit in the Federal Court for the Northern District of California,...more
“Johnny Football” Manziel had an amazing game against Alabama this past weekend. There is no doubt he is one of the greatest ever to play college football....more
Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on a match fixing trial which started today before the Brussels’ courts....more
Sedona Arizona is known for its four vortexes, some of those alleged places where the universe has holes in it or overlaps (I can’t remember which). I have been to Sedona but I have never experienced such convergence (or the...more
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
As summer winds down and the temperatures cool, many parts of our economy and the business world tend to heat up. The heat typically starts on the gridiron, where rabid fans of college football begin to analyze every...more
Brain Disease Probable Factor in Former NCAA Football Player’s Death -
The discussion surrounding sport-related concussions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is once again making headlines as a...more
Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2013 -
Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of NFL great Jim Brown’s Lanham Act claim against video game developer Electronic Arts, Inc., concluding that Rogers...more
With very special thanks to our summer associates Elizabeth Horan (Case Western), Erica Esposito (Harvard), Joshua Espinosa (NYU), Bryce Johnston (Georgetown), Ryan Harris (NYU), and Alex Rosen (Harvard), the Proskauer Sports...more
A Ninth Circuit panel decision issued on July 31, 2013, has revived NFL legend Jim Brown's state law right of publicity claims against video game maker Electronic Arts, Inc. ("EA"). Back in March 2009, Brown filed an action...more
July 30 (Bloomberg) -- David Hull, partner at Squire Sanders LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his representation of Shahid Khan, owner of the auto-parts maker Flex-N-Gate Corp., in his recent purchase of...more
The Spanish Professional Football League (“LFP”) has opened an investigation into the recent match of the Second division (so-called “Liga Adelante”) between the Racing Santander and Hercules for possible case of...more
Football coach Vince Lombardi famously opined that, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” This mantra captured the public’s imagination during Lombardi’s reign as coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s,...more
42, 127 Hours, Act of Valor, Argo, Dolphin Tale, Fair Game, Green Zone, I Love You Philip Morris, Moneyball, People Like Us, Sanctum, Secretariat, Soul Surfer, The Bling Ring, The Fighter, The Runaways, The Whistleblower,...more
A recent hearing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides guidance as to the interpretation, reach, and application of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §...more
I’ve previously blogged about a pending lawsuit involving former college athletes (here and here) and whether they should get paid when universities and business partners use their likenesses. Brent Lorentz, a Chambers...more
There are so many fun things you can do with celebrities. In addition to the traditional things like writing books about them, you can also use their catchphrases to make greeting cards; make movies about them using puppets;...more
In a much-anticipated opinion, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday reversed a New Jersey lower court decision granting summary judgment in favor of video game giant Electronic Arts against putative class...more
In a recent 62-page decision by the Third Circuit, obviously intended to give guidance in an unclear area of the law, the rights of publicity of a college athlete in a video game trumped the First Amendment arguments of the...more
In 2008, a University of Central Florida football player collapsed during a pre-season conditioning drill and later died. In a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, a jury found the University of Central Florida Athletic...more