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Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 2 - The More Things Change, The More They … Change: Recent Developments In...

by Dickinson Wright on

Executive Summary and Takeaway: Trade secrets and confidential information are receiving increasing protection in many states, and as more states perceive this as a "business friendly" issue, this trend will continue and...more

Members of the Berkshire Museum Pledge to Continue Fight Against Liquidation of the Museum’s Art Collection

by Sullivan & Worcester on

(Boston, MA, February 13, 2018) Sullivan & Worcester LLP clients and Berkshire Museum members James Hatt, Kristin Hatt, and Elizabeth Weinberg sharply denounced today the agreement that was announced Friday evening between...more

Appeals Court Rejects DOJ Expansive Interpretation of Music Consent Decree

by Jones Day on

The Background: Since 1941, performing rights organizations ("PROs"), which pool the copyrights held by a work's composer, songwriter, and publisher and collectively license those rights to music users, have been subject to...more

Redial: 2017 TCPA Year-in-Review - Analysis of critical issues and trends in TCPA compliance and litigation

The Eversheds Sutherland TCPA team has published its fourth annual REDIAL: 2017 TCPA YEAR-IN-REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN TCPA COMPLIANCE AND LITIGATION. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis...more

[Webinar] Issues and Recent Developments in Art Law, Part 1: Lending Issues - Wealth Management - February 21st, 11:00am CT

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Please join Christie’s and the Locke Lord LLP Art Law Group for an informative discussion on current lending issues affecting art. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central. Program will promptly begin...more

More Plus than Minus: Examining the NHL’s Decision to Skip the Winter Olympics

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

To repurpose a quote attributed to the late Olympic ice hockey player and head coach Herb Brooks for the 2018 Olympic ice hockey tournament, the name on the front of the jersey is definitely going to be more important or at...more

Content Developer Attempts to Tag MLB with Conversion: “Safe,” Rules Justice Kornreich

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Have you ever had a brilliant business idea, only to discover years later that someone else has beaten you to market? If you are a professional athlete, you might break your hand punching a fire extinguisher or picture frame...more

Bringing Back Indirect Purchasers – DOJ Considers Seeking Reversal of Illinois Brick

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For over 40 years, the Supreme Court has barred, with very limited exceptions, indirect purchasers— end customers who purchase products through an intermediate source—from seeking federal antitrust damages. But Andrew Finch,...more

Germany Bans CTS Eventim’s Exclusive Contracts

by Bryan Cave on

On 4 December 2017, the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office — FCO) announced it had banned CTS Eventim from having exclusive agreements with its promoter and box office partners. Based in Munich, CTS Eventim is...more

Ticket-Gate”- Revisiting The Intersection Of Professional Football And Class Actions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

First, Deflategate. Now, “Ticket-gate?” Stirring in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, a putative class action takes aim at an unsafe football field, a cancelled preseason game, and over a million...more

Members of the Berkshire Museum File Appeal Papers to Stop Museum's Planned Sale of 40 Works from its Collection

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(Boston, MA, January 16, 2018) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed its papers in the appeal by its clients, the members of the Berkshire Museum who sued to enjoin the museum’s sale of 40 works of art and sculpture. The appeal...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 1: Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada

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The current division of jurisdiction over gaming in Canada came about as a result of a Federal-Provincial Agreement that was entered into in 1985, intended to address differences that had arisen between those governments...more

“Building an Art Market 2.0”—Responsible Art Market Initiative Event February 2, 2018 in Geneva

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Readers of the Art Law Report will know that we have regularly touted the collaborative efforts of the Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva, the Fondation pour le Droit d’Art (Art Law Foundation), and now the...more

Tax Reform’s Effect on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, the $1.5 trillion tax reform law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”). This alert describes provisions of the Tax Reform Act that we...more

Standing Still: Fan Gets Second Chance to Bring Precarious NY/NJ Super Bowl Ticket Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Recently, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals turned the switch on a fan’s seemingly dormant class action suit against the National Football League concerning its 2014 Super Bowl Ticket Distribution Policy, which limited...more

Intellectual Property Basics

by Jackson Walker on

This handout provides an entry level discussion of intellectual property and sets out IP action steps. TABLE OF CONTENTS - Introduction - Trademarks - Copyrights - Patents - Trade Secrets - Keep Attorneys From...more

Making VHS Relevant Again: The Uncertain Scope of Personal Information Protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988

The Ninth Circuit recently became the third federal appellate court to tackle what constitutes “personally identifiable information” protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”). Last year, the First Circuit...more

New Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations For British Columbia Casinos

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

Athletes and their Biometric Data – Who Owns It and How It Can Be Used

More than ever before, biometric data, a term often used broadly to refer to metrics related to human characteristics, is being collected at a faster pace. Devices of all kinds are now able to able to track and store data...more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

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A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

Injunction Against Berkshire Museum Sale Is Extended

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Single Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (Joseph A. Trainor) has extended the injunction against the Berkshire Museum's proposed sale of 40 works of art in its collection until at least January 29, 2018. In its...more

Sport Now: DLA Piper's Media, Sport and Entertainment sector magazine

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We've collated articles from a wide variety of countries to provide you with an overview of what's pertinent in the sector in your country and to show how this compares to sector in other parts of the world. This edition...more

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Convenes To Discuss Marijuana And The Gaming Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

How far do Nevada’s casinos need to go to police marijuana use by their customers? Can a casino resort allow a marijuana industry conference to utilize its convention facilities? What practices do casinos need to follow...more

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