Sports Betting in New Jersey Now in Gov. Christie’s Hands

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On Thursday, October 16, the New Jersey State Assembly passed along a bill seeking to repeal the State’s prohibitions on sports betting….  The bill currently awaits signature or veto by Governor Chris Christie. Sports betting has been a legislative concern since a majority of voters approved a betting referendum back in 2011.  Christie approved the subsequent law in 2012, which legalized sports betting within the state.  In response, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA sued claiming the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act
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‘Birdman’ Production Company Under Attack by Former CEO & Founder

christopher_woodrow_headshot_a_p Worldview Entertainment’s much anticipated black comedy, ‘Birdman’ opens in theaters this Friday amid great legal turmoil.  Former CEO and founder, Chris Woodrow, fired back at the production company that fired him with a lawsuit claiming defamation. Earlier this month, Woodrow’s business partner at Worldview Entertainment, Maria Cestone, brought a lawsuit against the founder claiming misappropriation of funds….  Cestone accused Woodrow and his wife of embezzling more than $700,000 to pay for personal trips to Halifax and Lake Placid and to pay for
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“World’s Most Interesting” Case Settled

dos-equis On Monday, the parties in the “World’s Most Interesting” trademark suit filed a stipulation to dismiss the suit.  In 2013, the Mexican brewer of Dos Equis beer filed a trademark and copyright infringement suit against KCI, Inc. (“KCI”), a New Jersey company that offers storage area network (SAN) maintenance services, over its advertising campaign themed “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” a U.S. registered trademark of the brewer. The complaint …alleged that KCI filed trademark applications for the marks “The Most Interesting SAN Architect
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Dave Duerson’s Family Objects NFL Settlement Proposal

dm_141013_nfl_players_accept_or_reject_concussion_settlement The family of Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears defensive back, filed an objection of the NFL settlement …offer that was preliminarily approved in July 2014.  The families of David Duerson and Forrest Blue with 8 other former players named in the objection stated that the NFL concussion settlement “disenfranchises the families who will inevitably suffer the horrific ramifications of CTE” because the proposed plan excludes players who are diagnosed with the disease after July 7, 2014, the date of the court’s preliminary approval.  In
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Judge Dismisses Publicity Rights Lawsuit by Former NFL Players

OB-OU656_nflhel_CV_20110720122715 A federal judge in Minnesota nixed a lawsuit… brought by three former NFL players Fred Dryer (LA Rams), Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers), and Ed White (Minnesota Vikings) who claimed that the NFL violated their publicity rights in using video clips of them playing football.  The players had opted out of a $50 million settlement offered in a class action suit over publicity rights of athletes. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson found the NFL Films’ productions that featured game footage of Ram, Oilers, and Vikings were
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Interns vs. The Wendy Williams Show

Wendy-Williams-Show-pic The landmark 2013 decision in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that interns on two film production crews were entitled to payment with actual wages has opened the litigation floodgates. In the hotly debated ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III held that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying its interns. In the latest example of the ongoing debate over the use of unpaid interns, television’s Wendy Williams Show and production company Lionsgate …have been sued for wages by a former
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Judge Wilken Keeps Scholarship Lawsuits Against NCAA Alive

ncaajpg-b128b13fe62854a6 On Thursday, October 9, Northern District of California Judge, Claudia Wilken, denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss pending class action lawsuits against it for scholarship related antitrust violations. The NCAA filed its motion to dismiss the cases after the same judge, Claudia Wilken, ruled against the NCAA in the O’Bannon case finding the association was in violation of antitrust laws for its denial of player compensation.  The NCAA argues here that the Alston and Jenkins… cases should be dismissed as the issue of player scholarships
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NCAA Fights PA Law to Spread Penn State’s Sandusky Fine Nationwide

Jerry-Sandusky-2 On Monday, October 6, the NCAA filed a motion in federal court, asking to have a newly enacted Pennsylvania law, which manipulates the Penn State Sandusky fine…, invalidated as it is unconstitutional. The NCAA’s motion is directed at the Institution of Higher Education Monetary Penalty Endowment Act, which was enacted in 2013 in response to a fine levied against Penn State University.  In 2012, the NCAA and Penn State agreed to a Consent Decree penalizing the university for the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. 
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Court Nixes NCAA-PSU’s Attempt to Dismiss Lawsuit over $60M Fine

1jasny.AuSt.42 A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by state Senator Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord.  The suit is seeking to enforce the 2012 Higher Education Monetary Penalty Endowment Act (the “Act”) on the $60 million fine imposed on Penn State (“PSU”).  In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA in 2012 imposed the penalty as part of a consent decree.  Under the Act, the NCAA fine must be used to prevent child sexual abuse…
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…it’s Warner Brothers!

superman_logo_definitivo_by_pako_speedy-d322zou Another victory for Warner Brothers in a lifelong battle over the copyright to Superman. The U.S. Supreme Court denied… review of Superman’s co-creator’s heirs, Joseph Shuster, to terminate Warner Brothers’ rights to the Superman copyright. Shuster’s heirs requested a hearing to challenge Warner Brothers’ copyright on the grounds that the 1976 Copyright Act allowed them to reclaim their portion of the comic character icon. A provision of the Copyright Act allows authors to terminate and reclaim previous assignments of copyrights. Shuster’s heirs initially made an
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