Judge Approves $60 Million Settlement in NCAA Video Game Case

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On Thursday, Judge Claudia Wilken approved the proposed settlement agreement between the Sam Keller plaintiffs and the defendants, NCAA, EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC)—$20 million with the NCAA and $40 million with EA Sports and CLC.  In an attempt to avoid similar video game related liability in the O’Bannon case, the NCAA argued the $20 million settlement should cover any misappropriation of likeness claims arising from NCAA-branded video games, but Judge Wilken disagreed.  Her decision to handle the two similar cases separately would…
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New Yorkers Pay to Keep Colbert and “Late Show” in NYC

11colbert2_now-tmagSF Wednesday afternoon, CBS and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced that the “Late Show” will stay in New York City when Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties from David Letterman next year. Reports claim that Los Angeles and governor Eric Garcetti attempted to lure Colbert and the “Late Show” from its NY home, but Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in.  Cuomo offered CBS CEO Leslie Moonves $11 million in tax credits over a five year span through the excelsior tax credit program, geared toward job creation. …
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Big 12 Commissioner Critical of NCAA

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day At the beginning of Big 12 media days on Monday, July 21, commissioner Bob Bowlsby focused his state of the league address on to the NCAA and its rule enforcement procedures. Bowlsby joins the continuously  growing population of NCAA bashers by calling into question the NCAA enforcement wing’s efficiency.  While claiming the system is broken and that the NCAA has allowed cheating to pay off, the commissioner pointed out that the NCAA Infraction Committee hasn’t held a hearing in over a year.  He also expressed…
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Cubs Bring Trademark Infringement Suit Over Fake Mascot Billy Cub

Chicago-Cubs-Logo-2015 The Chicago Cubs filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against five individuals who allegedly have been dressing in a fake mascot costume near Wrigley Field.  The complaint claimed that these individuals in their “Billy Cub” outfits not only engaged in “mascot-like activities” but also participated in “unsavory actions.”  Like the genuine Cubs mascot Clark the Cub’s costume, the outfit includes Cubs cap and jersey with “Billy Cub” and the number 78 on the back. The fake mascots solicited tips near the ball park for dancing or…
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Former NFL Players Accused Union of Conspiring to Conceal Risks of Head Injuries

110303055557_03-03-11-nfl-logo_0 NFL veterans Christian Ballard (Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle) and Gregory Westbrooks (New Orleans Saints linebacker) have filed a lawsuit against the National Football League Players Association, accusing the union of fraud, negligence, and civil conspiracy. Targeting a retirement board which includes three union representatives, the complaint alleged that the board, since at least the 1990s, has paid disability payments to retired players with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  From reviewing such claims, the union knew about the dangers associated with traumatic brain injuries, according to the…
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Seth MacFarlane Sued for Stealing Teddy Bear Idea for the Hit Movie Ted

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Honoree Seth MacFarlane arrives at Variety's 3rd annual Power of Comedy event presented by Bing benefiting the Noreen Fraser Foundation held at Avalon on November 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage) Bengal Mangle Productions (“Bengal”) filed a copyright infringement suit against Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the 2012 hit comedy Ted.  The complaint alleged MacFarlane stole the idea of a foul-mouthed teddy bear living in an adult human world from a similar character named Charlie in Bengal’s 2008 screenplay Acting School Academy.… Bengal described the Charlie character as one that “lives in a human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous
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Former Dictator Learns from Lindsay Lohan about Publicity Rights

Black-Ops-2-Noriega Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, must have learned about Lindsay Lohan’s latest lawsuit from his prison cell in Panama.  Like Lohan who alleged misappropriation of her names, images, and likeness by a video game maker, Noriega filed a suit against Activision over 2012 popular first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops II… which, according to Noriega, features his image and likeness without his permission. The complaint claimed the character in the game is repeatedly referred to by name and also as Noriega’s
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Former NFL Punter to Sue the Vikings for Discrimination

chris-kluwe On Tuesday July 15, former Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, stated he intends to sue his former team, claiming religious discrimination, sexual-orientation discrimination, defamation, and tortious interference with contractual relations for his release from the team in 2013. Kluwe spoke out this past January in a Deadspin.com article… about his unexpected release.  The article posits his support of  same-sex marriage and other social issues as being central to his dismissal from the Vikings and claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer (who has since admitted to
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A-Rod Listens to Ex-Con over His Law Firm

6cc401d4d963d601480f6a70670062b81-676x450 Alex Rodriguez is being sued by his lawyer, David Cornwell, for over $380,000 in unpaid legal fees.  Cornwell, a prominent sports attorney, acted as legal counsel for A-Rod during his Biogenesis doping suspension scandal.  Apparently he wasn’t the only one giving A-Rod  legal advice. Cornwell filed a complaint on Monday demanding the payment as well as prejudgment interest and attorney fees.  The complaint stated Rodriguez refused to pay the amount, relying on the advice of ex-con Desiree Perez who was arrested in1994 for intent to…
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California Jury Tells Dodgers: Make the Ball Park Safer

la-me-ln-bryan-stow-civil-trial-photos-006 A California jury awarded about $18 million in damages for Bryan Stow who was left permanently disabled after beaten by two men at the Dodgers stadium parking lot in 2011.  Of the total judgment, the Dodgers share would be about $15 million while The Los Angeles Times… reported the number to be $13.9 million.  The jury determined the baseball team was 100% liable for Stow’s economic losses including lost wages and medical bills but 25% liable for pain and suffering. The Dodgers attorneys argued that
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