K&C Sports & Entertainment Law Weekly Roundup - February 2024 #2

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  • Florida State University is pushing for the dismissal of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s NC lawsuit, saying it was prematurely filed to preempt the university’s own suit against the conference, in an attempt to win a “race to the courthouse” and in violation of the conference’s own rules. FSU Board Demands Dismissal Of ACC’s Preemptive Suit – Law360
  • The NCAA won an early victory against states trying to overturn its name, image and likeness rules for incoming athletes when a TN federal judge denied a temporary restraining order request, but the judge signaled that the states may ultimately prevail in arguing that the rules constitute a restraint of trade. NCAA Gets Temporary Win In NIL Recruiting Ban Court Fight – Law360


  • The parents of a 9-year-old Native American Kansas City Chiefs fan have hit sports news publication Deadspin with a defamation lawsuit, accusing it of using a photo of their son, wearing a feather headdress and red and black face paint at a game, out of context in order to label the family “bigots” who hate both Black and Native American people. Young KC Chiefs Fan’s Parents Sue Deadspin For Defamation – Law360
  • Dual-sport great Bo Jackson has been awarded more than $21 million in damages for an attempted shakedown scheme by Jackson’s niece and nephew, who were found to have tried to stalk and harass Jackson into paying them $20 million. Bo Jackson Awarded $21M In Suit Alleging Family Shakedown – Law360
  • A WA appeals court said it won’t yet decide if domestic violence can be recognized as an ongoing tort — an issue raised in a woman’s lawsuit accusing her ex-romantic partner, former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, of abuse — ruling that the trial judge must make that call first. Court Demurs On Ex-NFL Player Abuse Claim – Law360




  • A Seattle physician accused of taking part in a healthcare fraud scheme orchestrated by former NBA players may drop his court-appointed attorney and represent himself in the NY criminal trial, a federal judge in Manhattan ordered, approving the move after the doctor claimed the lawyer refused to withdraw his guilty plea. Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Can Ditch Atty Over Plea Squabble – Law360



  • Warner Chappell Music Inc. urged SCOTUS to limit the damages a plaintiff can recover in copyright ownership litigation to three years before a complaint is filed, arguing that the only time a party can extend that period is for instances involving fraud. Music Publisher Asks Justices To Limit Copyright Damages – Law360
  • A founding member of the Romantics will likely have a tough time regaining control of the band’s finances after an MI appellate judge said he couldn’t condone the “incompetence” of the musician’s trial attorneys, who filed a brief that was a copy of the opposing side’s argument. Judge Rips Romantics Singer For Copying Trial Brief – Law360
  • The heavy metal band All That Remains has dropped a lawsuit in CN federal court accusing its longtime guitarist’s widow of blocking royalties to the surviving members and using improper copyright claims to remove some of the act’s best-known work from video sharing sites. Metal Band Shreds Royalties Suit Against Guitarist’s Widow – Law360




  • S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal issued a memorandum saying the agency’s existing mechanisms are adequate to tackle attorney conduct — and misconduct — related to the use of artificial intelligence tools but promised to provide more guidance in the next few months. USPTO Promises Guidance On Atty Use Of AI Tools – Law360


  • A CA judge indicated that he’ll trim some claims from actress Leah Remini‘s lawsuit alleging the Church of Scientology organized a campaign of harassment, but suggested he’d preserve other key claims and criticized a Scientology unit’s efforts to avoid the religion’s leader being served. Church Of Scientology Fights Uphill To End Leah Remini Suit – Law360
  • Actor Gina Carano, who played mercenary Cara Dune in the Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian, claims Disney unlawfully fired her from the role in retaliation for posting her personal political beliefs on social media, according to a lawsuit filed in CA federal court with financial backing from Elon Musk’s X Corp. Musk’s X Corp. Helps ‘Star Wars’ Actor Sue Disney Over Firing – Law360
  • Business partners Snoop Dogg and Master P claim Post Foods LLC worked with Walmart to prevent sales of “Snoop Cereal,” despite signing a profit-sharing agreement to place the rappers’ product on shelves next to Post’s well-known cereal brands, according to a lawsuit filed in MN state court. Snoop Dogg Says Post, Walmart Sabotaged Cereal Brand – Law360
  • A news website’s publication of a Ted Nugent photograph that went with an article titled “15 Signs Your Daddy Was a Conservative” was not fair use, the 4th Circuit concluded in a published opinion, saying the Independent Journal Review did not add new meaning to the image. 4th Circ. Says Ted Nugent Pic On News Site Not Fair Use – Law360

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