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Ninth Circuit Shuts Down Lakers: TCPA Means “Privacy” When It Comes to Insurance Coverage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As many practitioners who work with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) know, getting insurance providers to cover TCPA cases is a difficult proposition. The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed this notion in Los Angeles...more

Taking His Talents To The Southern District Of New York: Are LeBron James’ Tattoos Subject To Copyright?

by Weintraub Tobin on

With nearly 30% of Americans sporting at least one tattoo (up from 20% just four years ago), tattoos are becoming commonplace. This is even clearer among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials sporting ink. ...more

Athletes and Employees Speak Out: Do Your Employment Practices Drop the Ball in Addressing Diversity, Controversial Speech, or...

With the 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) regular season and National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season underway, many spectators are excited to don their favorite players’ jerseys and cheer on their teams. Yet in...more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Labor Board Dunks On Employer’s Contractor Classification Attempt - NBA’s Timberwolves Foul Out In Front Of NLRB

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling sure to leave businesses and gig economy companies crying foul, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that workers producing electronic video display content for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves were...more

Ninth Circuit Finds No Coverage for TCPA Claim Under D&O Policy Per Privacy Exclusion

by Sedgwick LLP on

On August 23, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by Judge Molly M. Gee of the United States District Court for the Central District of California holding that the Los Angeles Lakers were not entitled to...more

Creator Of NBA 2K16 Warns Tattoo Lawsuit Could Leave Lasting Impression

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A multi-million dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement against Take Two Software, the creators of NBA 2K16 has proved to be anything but a slam dunk. The alleged infringement concerns player avatars displaying tattoos...more

Stats plus Security = A winning formula

Notwithstanding the glitz and glamour of multi-millionaire race drivers and champagne, Formula One is all about data. Analytics are fundamental to understanding Formula One races. Teams are fueled by data, and around every...more

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

LeBron, Stephan and the Essence of Florida Non-Competes

by Burr & Forman on

As this blog post goes to press, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics just began their series to determine which team will face the winner of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs....more

Litigation Alert - "L.A. Lakers Story: When a Family Feud Disrupts the Family Business"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A family-owned business brings with it a unique set of issues and complicated family dynamics can often result in major difficulties. Sports franchises are not immune. As the NBA playoffs continue (Go Rockets!), the family...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Facial Scan Case Dismissed Under Illinois Biometrics Law

The developers of two NBA video games were successful this week in getting a putative class action alleging violations of the Illinois Biometrics law dismissed....more

An Esports Slam Dunk: What the NBA’s Investment in Esports Means

by Ifrah PLLC on

On September 26, 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they had acquired two leading eSports teams, Team Dignitas and Team Apex. Not to be outdone, the next day Team Liquid announced they had sold a controlling share to...more

NBA Team Sued By Fans Over Mobile Application

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, a putative class action was brought against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors concerning the team’s mobile application. According to the complaint, the free app provides an interactive experience for fans by...more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

Great expectations? Let’s start with reasonable expectations

by FordHarrison on

Expectations are a funny thing. They can be good in that they set forth an objective measure for expected performance, goals and standards of conduct. On the other hand, they can turn bad if they are unreasonable, or if they...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2016

by DLA Piper on

Overview With the Olympics and the Euro Championship taking place this summer, it’s no surprise sport has been dominating the headlines. Whether it’s the reorganisation of the football league system or shirt sponsorships...more

Tattoo Infringement Case Against NBA 2K Game Publisher Shows Misunderstanding of Applicability of Statutory Damages

by Weintraub Tobin on

This isn’t just another tattoo-copyright infringement case. This case raises an important lesson for all copyright claimants. The backstory: Solid Oak is a licensing firm that represents the go to tattoo artists for...more

The Ink Isn’t Dry

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

What rights based in copyright law does a tattoo artist have in a tattoo itself, and to what extent can an artist use those rights to restrict the rights of others, including the people whose skin has been inked?...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2016

by DLA Piper on

Looking ahead The latest US sales report for the music industry has been released, showing annual revenues are still hovering around the US$7 billion mark, as they have since 2010. But what has been changing is how the...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Berlinger v. Wells Fargo, N.A., Case No. 2:11-cv-459-FtM-29CM, 2015 WL 6125529 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 16, 2015) - Discretionary distributions to beneficiary which were used in part to satisfy alimony obligations were not...more

Is LeBron James a “Medium of Expression” under the Copyright Act?  We May Soon Find Out.

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Many professional athletes these days—particularly those in the National Basketball Association—have their bodies bedecked with all sorts of tattoos. It’s a trend that has steadily caught fire over the last several years...more

The Sports Industry 2015: A Year of Unprecedented Landmark Change

by K&L Gates LLP on

We could not let the dust settle on 2015 without recapping the monumental upheaval the sports industry has experienced this year. Not since Rupert Murdoch unearthed sport as a commercial “battering ram” for distribution...more

Donald Sterling Loses Appeal of Clippers Sale: Court of Appeal Rejects Bid To Regain Team’s Ownership

The California Court of Appeal today affirmed the sale in August 2014 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-shattering price of $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In a unanimous decision, the three justices...more

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