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"Hanley vs Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC Putting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on Ice" by Kevin Brown in Sports Law Expert
Waller, June 2019

The sports world is under attack again for its text marketing tactics directed to consumers. This time the target is Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, LLC, the owner of the National Hockey League team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a federal class action lawsuit filed in March 2019 (Bryan Hanley vs. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, Case No. 8:19-CV-550-CEH-CPT (M.D...

NLRB Will No Longer Require Employers to Permit Union Organizers in “Public Space” on Employers’ Property
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2019

Overruling 38 years of precedent, the NLRB has determined employers have no duty to permit union organizers to use “public space” to solicit union support on their property.  UPMC and SEIU, 368 NLRB No. 2 (June 14, 2019).  UPMC is a hospital system based in western Pennsylvania.  SEIU organizers visited the hospital cafeteria and distributed organizing materials to employees over lunch discussing union organizing activity...

Super Bowl Shuffle, Remixed: the IP Implications
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2019

Following their only loss of the 1985-1986 season, the Chicago Bears produced the first hip-hop song recorded by a professional sports team — the “Super Bowl Shuffle.” The Bears went on to win their next 15 games and eventually beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Shuffle became synonymous with the Bears and their victorious season, and 33 years later it found itself at the heart of a lawsuit...

"Legal and Marketing Departments Must Work as a Team for Brand Protection and Promotion in the Sports Industry" by Kevin Brown in Professional Sports and the Law
Waller, April 2019

In the pre-digital age, companies that strategically focused on brand protection and promotion often included only those companies selling directly to consumers - typically through more limited print and radio/television media. Company lawyers and their marketing counterparts might communicate on an as-needed basis when direct legal threats to the brand arose (from customer class actions or competitor advertising claims) or for more routine trademark enforcement measures...

Copyright: An Upgrade is Available
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2019

From re-sharing cat videos to creating memes, tweaks in our three-decade-old Copyright Act will help clarify what’s permissible and what’s verboten as we continue to indulge in our insatiable appetite for social media. Chinese New Year Eve, 2019. Social media was ablaze with a viral video (YouTube link) of an altercation between a Malay Gojek driver and his Chinese passenger objecting to a route that would incur ERP charges...

Pro League Adopts Action Plan Clarifying the Role of Football Agents and Increasing the Transparency in Belgian Football
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, December 2018

An expert panel of the Pro League (the organization representing the interests of all professional Belgian football clubs) appointed by the latter and presided by Belgian minister of State, Melchior Wathelet, was consulted on the role of football agents within the current Belgian football landscape. The panel was asked to formulate recommendations and ‘best practice’-proposals to the Pro League...

A Case of Foot in Mouth Disease
TSMP Law Corporation, December 2018

Whether you are a business pushing out an edgy ad campaign, or one with an unsolicited media crisis on your hands, in the age of the Internet you are just keystrokes away from things going “viral”. It is important to be prepared. Like many bad ideas, it started innocuously enough. In late November, Dolce & Gabbana uploaded a series of videos on its social media platforms that starred a young Chinese woman wearing a red sequin dress...

Starwood Data Breach Serves as Wakeup Call to Tennessee Bars, Hotels and Restaurants
Waller, November 2018

We suspect that thousands of Tennessee restaurants, hotels, bars and other hospitality businesses gather personal information from their customers for marketing purposes.   It’s just a birthdate, address, anniversary, spouse’s name – good stuff to know, right? That’s all fine and dandy until some hacker steals the information...

Media, Entertainment, and First Amendment Newsletter, November 2018
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2018

View a PDF of the November 2018 Edition of the Haynes and Boone Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter. Must Websites Comply With the ADA? Website ADA compliance litigation is all the rage, manifesting itself as an epidemic of “website drive-by lawsuits.” Beyond the litigation controversy, the issue is whether websites must be accessible to the visually-impaired via screen reader software to comply with the ADA. Circuit Courts are split...

Fear of Brave? An Analysis of GDPR Challenges to Behavioral Advertising
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, November 2018

On September 12, 2018, a complaint was submitted to the Irish Data Protection Commission1on behalf of Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer at Brave Software, Inc., seeking to trigger, for the first time, an EU-wide investigation into certain data practices within the digital advertising industry...

Concerns Over Video Game Gambling Continue to Grow
A&L Goodbody, November 2018

The Gambling Policy Division of the Irish Department of Justice has joined 14 other gambling regulators from around the globe in signing an International Declaration expressing concern about gambling in video games. The regulators presented a united front in addressing the "blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment". The increasing presence of gambling in the video gaming world has been raised as a growing concern...

How Can Australia Continue Securing International Sport Events?
MinterEllison, October 2018

What needs to happen to secure the most sought-after international events on the sporting calendar? As Australia continues its reputation as a dependable major sports event host through the likes of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, there has been an upsurge in interest from Australian cities, metropolitan and regional, to host major sporting events...

Increase in Ireland's Betting Tax
A&L Goodbody, October 2018

As part of Budget 2019, the Irish Minister for Finance announced that Irish betting tax will increase from 1% to 2% of turnover. Betting intermediary tax will also increase from 15% to 25%. The tax increases will take effect from 1 January 2019. Parties in support of this increase have suggested that additional revenue generated by this increase should be directed towards gambling addiction services...

Is News Dead (or Have Reports of Its Demise Been Greatly Exaggerated)?
TSMP Law Corporation, October 2018

Traditional news organisations are facing a battle for survival but will they find a new mission in the battle against Fake News? Stefanie Yuen Thio shared her views in an article published by the Business Times on September 15, 2018...

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Report on UK Immigration Reform: What Businesses Need to be Aware of
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today published its report1 on immigration reform. As the MAC itself acknowledges, there will be “winners” and “losers” in any policy for immigration reform.On an initial reading of the report, it would appear the reforms proposed, while impacting all sectors, would be most challenging for those sectors employing a low-skilled workforce...

From Footfall to Clicks - The Experts Talk Retail Risk
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2018

Over the last few years, news that some of the nation's most iconic retail stores have closed has become more frequent. Yesterday, Poundworld entered administration. Last week, House of Fraser announced it would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some the UK's largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever since the advent of a new pastime - buying online...

Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts - Why Sports' Rights Holders Need to Think Carefully Before Moving Away from 'Traditional' Broadcasters
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2018

Two significant events this week raised eyebrows in the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting. Firstly, Facebook agreed an exclusive deal to show La Liga to users in Asian territories including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It will live stream all 380 matches this season for free to its 348 million users in the region. The move fits with Facebook's ambition to grow use of its social networking platform outside markets that have reached saturation...

Event Photography in Times of the General Data Protection Regulation
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2018

Photography by promoters and artists is an integral part of any kind of event. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, the legal requirements for videos and photos depicting people however have to be reassessed. In the past, most member states of the European Union had their own regulations regarding photos that show individual persons...

Mixed-Use Hotels - Montenegro Takes A Step Forward in Luxury Hotel Development
Karanovic & Partners, August 2018

Over the years, Montenegro invested significant efforts in the development of the tourism industry, and one could say that it is steadily becoming a go-to destination for those seeking an ultimate luxury Riviera lifestyle. The recent steps taken by Montenegrin legislators show that international trends are well received and recognized by local authorities, this time through the implementation of a new hospitality model – the mixed-use hotel...

Locus Standi of an Infringer as an Aggrieved Party
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

Can An Infringer Have Locus Standi As An Aggrieved Party? This case raised a few important and novel issues that dealt with the locus standi of an aggrieved person, Internet searches as evidence for use of a trade mark and the role of a sub-brand as a source identifier when used together with a house brand...

Louboutin Wins Case to Defend Red-Soled Shoes as a Trademark
Wardynski & Partners, August 2018

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that Christian Louboutin’s famous red sole does not consist solely of ashape that significantly increases the value of aproduct, and therefore can be registered as atrademark. This is an important victory for the fashion designer in the long-running battle concerning red-soled shoes...

Mayor McCheese Catches the Hamburglar (A Look at the Instant Win Games Scams)
Verrill, August 2018

You’re offered a $1 million game piece for $40,000 dollars. What do you do? As you might expect, this may be an offer you can’t refuse. A recent and very comprehensive article in the Daily Beast, provides an in-depth look at how the history of McDonald’s Monopoly Game has involved McStings, mobsters and molls...

What's Hotel Management and What's Not (Despite Appearances)?
Garrigues, July 2018

Much has been written about hotel management contracts, their legal nature and their place within the different contractual arrangements available under Spanish law. Nevertheless, in our professional lives we too often encounter contracts that include clauses or use descriptions or definitions that collide head-on with how those contracts should actually be framed...

Restaurants and Hotels Get The Green Light to Give Away Alcohol
Waller, June 2018

Generations of restauranteurs and hoteliers have been told they cannot give away liquor. Since liquor by the drink was originally adopted in Tennessee in the late 1960s, it has been illegal to give away wine or spirits at any restaurant, hotel, entertainment venue or other on-premise outlet. No more. P.C. 755 allows any liquor by the drink establishment to serve a complimentary sample of wine...

New Tennessee Open Carry Law is Game Changer for Many Restaurants, Hotels
Waller, May 2018

Among the many liquor laws passed this legislative session by the Tennessee General Assembly, one of the biggest changes, in our humble opinion, is the new Open Carry law. P.C. 755 allows restaurants, hotels and other liquor-by-the-drink establishments to serve alcohol into common areas and allow adjacent restaurant patrons to bring alcoholic beverages into their restaurant. You can now walk between restaurants with your cocktail, glass of wine or mug of suds...

Media, Entertainment, and First Amendment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

Fox News v. TVEyes Shows Fair-Use Defense Remains Risky Business “It seems to me that if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word...

Supreme Court Overturns Federal Ban on Sports Betting
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2018

In a landmark ruling earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court overturned the ruling of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal statute that effectively prohibits all sports betting in the United States by restricting states (other than a few grandfathered states, including Nevada) from authorizing sports betting...

UK Industrial Strategy - Creative Industries Sector Deal
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published the Creative Industries Sector Deal aimed at making the UK the best place in the world for businesses in the creative industries. This is the latest sector deal to flow from the government's Industrial Strategy White Paper after sector deals for life sciences and the automotive industry were announced in late 2017/early 2018, respectively...

Ownership Rights to a Registered Trademark
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2018

  Can “consent” to use a registered trade mark be considered an abandonment by the owner of the exclusive rights to that registered trade mark in perpetuity? Section 40(1)(dd) of theTrade Mark Act 1976 (“Act”) provides that it is not a trade mark infringement if it is “the use by a person of a trade mark in relation to goods or services to which the registered proprietor or registered userhas at any time expressly or impliedly consented to” [Emph

The Tax Man Cometh - and He's Thirsty
Waller, March 2018

Lots of folks have been asking of late, “Do I have to show taxes in drink prices?” The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently clarified that including taxes in drink prices is optional. Previously, the state required that menu prices include both liquor by the drink and sales taxes. The law now gives taxpayers the option to include taxes on the final bill to the customer, instead of in the sales price listed in menus. A copy of the notice from Revenue is included here...

Civil Liability and Personal Injury: A Harsh Decision for a Winter Sports Centre
Lavery Lawyers, March 2018

The Court of Québec released an interesting judgment recently in a case involving civil liability and personal injury.1 Plaintiff, Ms. Bourgault, went to Village Vacances Valcartier (“VVV”) to take part in a snow rafting activity. During a descent, she was twice thrown toward the rear of the inflatable boat. The violent impacts caused her to break a vertebra. She sued VVV for damages arising out of the incident...

How Should Restaurants Handle and Declare Major Food Allergens?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2018

Although many restaurants are not in states that require food allergens to be declared on menus, the declaration (or labeling) and handling of food allergens is a growing concern for restaurants, due to the significant risks of liability and poor public relations, if handled incorrectly...

Irish Gambling Control Bill 2018
A&L Goodbody, March 2018

Earlier this year members of Fianna Fáil (the main opposition party to the Government) introduced the Gambling Control Bill 2018 as a Private Members' Bill. The Gambling Control Bill 2018 is largely based on the General Scheme for a Gambling Control Bill which was published by the Irish Government in 2013. The General Scheme was essentially an outline of what was to be included in the Bill once drafted...

Interim Legislation to Update Outdated Gambling Laws
A&L Goodbody, December 2017

The Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton, has expressed an intention to bring forward the long awaited Gambling Control Bill (the GCB) by the end of 2017. The Government's Legislation Programme for Autumn 2017 notes that work is underway on the GCB. However, there has been no further information on when the draft of the GCB will be published, which is the next substantive step...

The Battle Over Mandatory Resort Fees
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, November 2017

  More hotels are imposing mandatory “resort fees” on their guests for amenities, and the amount of those fees is increasing at many of those hotels. Many consumers dislike these fees, even when they appreciate the value of the included amenities. A legal battle is underway over mandatory resort fees...

Media, Entertainment, and First Amendment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

  The Libel Suit Strikes Back Much has changed since 1972 when reporters Woodward and Bernstein exposed President Nixon of wrongdoing. Through their extraordinary reporting, the public learned of “dirty tricks,” criminal actions and a cover-up led by this country’s leaders inside the White House. All resources available to these reporters including unnamed sources of information provided details that fueled these stories...

A Legal Obligation to Monitor your Social Media Pages?
ENSafrica, September 2017

Many of us are aware of the popular myth that ostriches believe burying their heads in the sand will make them invisible to predators. In other words, an “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” approach. Even though scientists will tell you that this is not true, the approach seems to bear a resemblance to the online behaviour of some humans...

Illegal Gambling Regulation (Philippines)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2017

Earlier this year, Executive Order no 13, which aims to strengthen the fight against illegal gambling in the Philippines, was issued. EO No. 13 mandates relevant law enforcement agencies to coordinate on campaigns against illegal gambling, and clarifies the territorial jurisdiction of government authorities that issue licenses for gambling and online gaming facilities...

Three Ways Hotels Are Repositioning Unique Assets
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, July 2017

Celebrity chef restaurants, locally inspired food and beverage offerings, communal social spaces, and in-room and hotel-led fitness options–these trends represent a transformation of the traditional hotel model. Amenity preferences, particularly for authentic, one-of-a-kind social experiences, continue to segment the hospitality industry. Many of the large hotel chains have countered with a series of new boutique-style brands that cater to individuality of the customer and locale...

Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins California Law that Prohibits Reporting Actors' Ages
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

California Assembly Bill 1687 (“AB 1687”) requires certain entertainment websites to remove a paid subscriber’s date of birth or age information upon request. This law applies to IMDb, the world’s largest online database of information about the entertainment industry...

Upcoming Modernisation of Copyright: Mandatory Exceptions
Van Doorne N.V., March 2017

The European Commission has made a proposal for a directive that is intended to update copyright law to cope with the modern age in which online services are becoming increasingly important. The proposal is part of the 'Digital Single Market Strategy' of the EU: a set of initiatives to create a free trans-border market for online trade and content. The proposed directive (“DSM directive”) supplements the current Copyright Directive with a number of regulations...

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2017

2016 proved eventful on both the political stage and in the world of media and entertainment law, and sometimes the two worlds even collided. The year saw its share of high profile media lawsuits, favorable Congressional actions, and, of course, a presidential election like none other. Here are ten stories that made an impact in 2016 and will likely continue to impact media and entertainment law for years to come...

The Anti-Ambush Marketing Policies and the Olympic Games in Brazil
Veirano Advogados, September 2016

It is not unusual for companies to choose famous and prestigious events, such as entertainment awards and sporting championships, as platforms to promote their products and services. The Olympic Games are no different. As the world´s most important sporting event, drawing the attention from individuals all over the world for more than two weeks, the Olympic Games are the perfect scenario for marketing actions...

Karanović & Nikolić Film Production Guide Presented at the Sarajevo Film Festival
Karanovic & Partners, August 2016

Recognising the great potential for film production and post production in South East Europe, a group of legal experts have gathered to develop industry expertise and work with organisations and Governments supporting this fledgling sector...

Lower VAT On Hotel Services In Montenegro
Karanovic & Partners, August 2016

An important piece of regulation has been introduced in Montenegro recently, through the reduction of VAT on catering services in four stars hotels (in the north of the country) and five-star hotels (on the seaside), which will be effective from 2018...

Gambling - An Industry of Adrenaline
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, June 2016

Since at the end of this month, specifically on 30 June 2016, the first interim rights to operate remote gambling, granted by NGO, will expire, we expect to see the first licenses (Class I) and the authorizations to operate and exploit remote gambling in Romania entering into force on 1st of July 2016...

National Law in International Sports Disputes
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2016

This dispute relates to the transfer of a Serbian football player from Serbian Football Club A to Belgian Football Club B in the summer of 2013. The transfer fee for this move was comprised of both (i) a fixed amount of EUR 5,000,000 and (ii) 20% of the added value in the event of a subsequent transfer from Football Club B to a third club...

Slovenia Looking Forward To The Tourist Season
Karanovic & Partners, April 2016

Judging by industry reports, it seems that another rich tourist season is in the making for Slovenia. The spas are working at full capacity during Easter and May holidays, and both international and domestic guests are pouring in...

Amendments to the Copyright Act 1987
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2016

The Copy Right Act 1987 provides a framework for the protection of copy right and enforcement through civil redress, as well as outlines the powers granted to state authorities for the enforcement of copy right and prosecution of copy right offences. The Copy Right Amendment Act 2012 (“2012 Amendment Act”) came into operation on 1st March 2012. The following is a summary of some of the amendmentspursuant to the 2012 Amendment Act...

Breakthrough in Protection of a Single Colour in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, March 2016

As we know, colour usually attracts special attention of the consumers when choosing particular goods and/or services. The situation is similar with the consumers all over the world. Thus, it seems more than logical that companies will try to obtain exclusive rights to the specific colour to increase sales. Legislations in many countries provide for possibility of protection colour as a Trademark. However, a single colour Trademark registration is still exceptional...

 

 

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