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March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

Remember – “March Madness” is a Trademark

We are in March. The minds of many turn to March Madness as the NCAA hosts its annual tournament to crown college basketball’s national champion. Of these, many want to take advantage of the tournament to promote their...more

March Madness 2017: How to Avoid Fouling Out from an Employment Law Perspective

Across the country, sports fans are gearing up for their favorite seasonal competition: the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. Those with winning brackets can earn prizes ranging from neighborhood bragging rights, up to a...more

Gavel to Gavel: Office pool madness

by McAfee & Taft on

For the 50 million Americans who are expected to participate in March Madness office pools this year, hope springs eternal … that is, until the official first round tips off and brackets begin busting. But for now, there’s...more

One Shining Moment and Hundreds of Lost Hours of Production

It’s that time of the year again, the annual March ping pong tournament at my local YMCA. There’s another minor tournament going on now that you may have heard of – the NCAA basketball tournament. It is during this time of...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

March Madness for Employers: Embrace the Fun and Enjoy the Party?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

With the announcement of teams this week for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, there will be the inevitable dour reports that bracket filling, live streaming, and fun (or even higher stakes) wagering will cost...more

Does March Madness = Workplace Madness? Some Thoughts on the Legality of NCAA Bracket Pools, the Tournament’s Effect on the...

This time of year usually marks the sports netherworld between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is better known as March Madness. This lull provides employers with an excellent...more

April Madness, the NCAA’s One Month Buffer?

We write a lot here about the scope and strength of trademark rights and how that determination is often intertwined to making intelligent likelihood of confusion determinations....more

Is Your Organization Prepared for the (March) Madness?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It’s the time of year when workplace chatter suddenly includes constant references to Wildcats, Jayhawks, Pirates, Tar Heels, and Blue Devils. As well as the question of whether the UConn Women’s Basketball Team will ever...more

The Return of Mintz March Madness

It’s our favorite time of year over at Employment Matters – March Madness! Let’s quickly recap where we’ve been. In 2014 we provided a rundown on the issues employers should consider when dealing with March Madness in...more

Don’t bet the farm on March (legal) Madness

by McAfee & Taft on

March is upon us, which means spring is near and the sweet smell of tournament brackets will soon fill the air. For many, the month is synonymous with March Madness, the NCAA’s annual tournament that crown’s college...more

The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Marks

You don’t have to be a sports fan to be aware of MARCH MADNESS, the name associated with the annual tournament to determine the college basketball national champion. The tournament is organized by the National Collegiate...more

A March to Madness: Can the NCAA Claim Ownership of the Third Month of the Year?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The NCAA has a well-deserved reputation for being quite zealous when it comes to protecting its registered trademark “March Madness.” We previously blogged about this here at TheTMCA.com. But a recent opposition filed by the...more

Yahoo Awarded Over $1.5 Million in Sweepstakes Promotion Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, a Dallas federal court concluded that Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) should be paid over $913,000 in attorneys’ fees in connection with its March Madness sweepstakes promotion, bringing Yahoo’s total award in the case to...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

March Isn’t Just for Madness, It’s For CRAFTNESS

Here’s hoping your 2016 brackets did better than mine last week, but this has been quite a crazy and exciting tournament thus far. As a Marquette fan, the Indiana–Notre Dame–Wisconsin area of the bracket has been quite...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $9.2 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately $200 million from last year. While estimates...more

The March Madness Road Trip Returns

It’s that wonderful time of year again, March Madness! When families, friends, and coworkers all get together to casually gamble and all throw $10 into a pool. When 12’s beat 5’s and mess up your bracket. When you lose one...more

A Look Beyond the Madness – Revisiting The Standing Of And Protections For Student-Athletes

This is the first installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that this blog will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Two horrible March Madness brackets ago, we analyzed the...more

Avoiding The NCAA’s Full Court Press During the Month of Mental Anguish

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It’s a wonderfully maddening time of year. “Selection Sunday” (all 2+ hours of it!) is in the rear view mirror, collegiate teams are scurrying off for their opening games, and millions of basketball fans are spending...more

Beware the Ides and Other March Madness

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

With the dust from Super Bowl and fantasy football pools barely settled, many employees throughout the Golden State will soon turn to their March Madness brackets. With all the chances to bet on sporting events, on the due...more

March Madness: Trade Secrets Claims Block Billion Dollar Bracket

For those of us who revel in this time of year as amateur “bracketologists,” last year’s promise of the billion dollar bracket brought an added lottery-like level of fun to the NCAA basketball tournament. Even though the...more

“March Madness”: Protect Your Business From The NCAA

The NCAA Tournament is here, and many local businesses will want to capitalize on this exciting time for basketball fans by using the well known “March Madness” slogan to advertise March specials. Think twice before your...more

March Madness: Could Friendly Wagers Among Employees Put Your Organization At Risk?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will wager $9 billion on the NCAA tournament, more than double the estimated $3.9 billion bet on the Super Bowl, bringing March Madness to a whole new level....more

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