Supreme Court Grants Cheerleading Apparel Manufacturer’s Request: Uniform’s Decorative Elements are Copyrightable

The U.S. Supreme Court held that a cheerleading uniform’s decorative elements may be protected under copyright law — a ruling aimed at providing some resolution regarding the disagreement over when these types of designs are eligible for protection under U.S. copyright law.

As background, in 2010, Varsity Brands, Inc., the country’s largest cheerleading supplier, accused one of its rivals, Star Athletica, of copying the key elements of its uniform’s design, including stripes, chevrons, and other graphic elements that Varsity had registered with the Copyright …

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More Cheerleaders are Chiming in: Milwaukee Bucks Dancers File Wage Action, Joining Trend

On Thursday September 24, 2015, former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleading team member Lauren Herington filed a class action against the NBA organization regarding minimum wage violation allegations. Herington represents a class of current and former Bucks cheerleaders/dancers, aptly named, the “Bucks Dancers.”

The lawsuit was brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and pursuant to Wisconsin state wage and hour laws. The action is seeking increased wages and damages, in addition to injunctive relief for attorneys’ fees, unpaid overtime wages, and unpaid minimum wages. The …

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Settle with Cheerleaders for $825k

On Friday March 6, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a cash settlement with their cheerleader squad, ending an almost year-long wage dispute.

Last May, Manouchcar Pierre-Val, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during the 2012-2013 season, filed a lawsuit against the team claiming unfair wages and treatment.  According to the lawsuit, Pierre-Val and other cheerleaders were paid less than $2 per hour.  The cheerleaders received $100 per game, but were not compensated for practice time, charity events, clinics, and shooting their swimsuit calendar.  Though unpaid for …

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