Minnesota Judge Orders Awarded Damages in NFL Publicity Case to Remain in Escrow

On April 12, 2016, a Minnesota federal judge ordered $150,000 in payments awarded be kept in escrow in response to a request made by NFL players’ attorneys that the fees awarded to certain law firms be withheld, due to a “loan squabble.” In 2010, professional football player John Frederick Dryer filed a putative class action against the National Football League.  His main argument claimed that NFL films violated professional football players’ publicity rights and rights under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125.  Out…
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FAA Permits NFL Films to Fly Drones — But Not on Game Day

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the NFL Films’ Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA) which is essentially a permit to fly a commercial drone.  NFL Films, a division of the NFL that produces TV programs, films, and documentaries, is expected to use it predominantly for filming, not for live broadcasts. The permit comes with conditions and limitations: drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, fly below 400 feet above the ground at less than 100 miles per hour or 87 knots.  Furthermore, NFL…
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