Hunting a RICO: Mark Hunt v. Zuffa LLC
As in any business, disputes may arise between employer and employees. Sports are no different. In the world of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is regarded as a premiere league for combat sports and it has recently found itself in an ongoing legal battle. Mark Hunt, a former professional mixed martial artist Read more
Do I Have a Right to Sick Leave in New Jersey?
Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, employees have the right to unpaid leave for family or personal medical reasons. New Jersey has adopted a similar state law requiring unpaid leave for qualifying employees. Getting paid for sick days, on the other hand, is a valuable employee benefit. Generally, employees do have a right to Read more
Can You Legally Record a Conversation in New Jersey?
New Jersey law regarding recording conversations is complex. While you may be able to legally record a conversation in New Jersey for civil purposes, the rules for law enforcement are much stricter. When parties are in different states, it gets even more confusing because you must consider other state and federal laws. State laws can Read more
Can fiduciary obligations be waived in New York?
A “fiduciary” is someone who has an obligation to act in the best interests of another person or entity. These duties can be established either by law or by the nature of the relationship itself. They typically arise when one party must place their trust and reliance on another to exercise sound judgment. Fiduciary duties Read more
When Must California Employers Pay Their Employees for Unused Paid Time Off?
Getting paid for sick, personal or vacation days is a valuable employee benefit. California provides employees living in the state with the right to paid time off (PTO) under its paid sick leave acts. While the state does not require paid vacation days, it does place some restrictions on employers who provide employees with vacation Read more
Why You Should File Declaration of Incontestability for Your Trademark
Trademark law is designed to provide legal protection to a business brand. However, the level of protection varies by whether the trademark is registered, how it is used, and how long it has been in use. If you have been using a trademark for five consecutive years, it is advisable to consider obtaining “incontestability” status Read more
Contracts Between Standup Comics and Venues
If you’re a standup, you want to get paid for your sets. And to protect yourself, you’ll want to have contracts that set out the compensation, restrictions on your performance and other details. Contracts come in many forms Whether you get booked for a set or multiple gigs, you’re likely forming a contract with the Read more
What to Know About Bringing a Right of Publicity Case Against Photographers
Celebrities and regular individuals alike possess a legal right called the ‘right of publicity,’ which safeguards their name, image, and other distinctive personal attributes from unauthorized commercial exploitation. This right enables any person to take legal action against those who profit from using their name and likeness without consent. Celebrities are especially affected because their Read more
Cheerleader Gives a F – For the First Amendment
On April 28, 2021, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case known as Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., which has been dubbed the “Cheerleader First Amendment Case.” This case raised several significant questions for the Court, including whether schools have the authority to regulate student speech that occurs outside of school Read more
Can Daytime Talk Shows Resume Production Amid the Ongoing Strikes?
Hosts of daytime talk shows such as Drew Barrymore have recently received backlash for attempting to resume production of their shows amid the ongoing Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) strikes. Meanwhile, the talk show “The View” has not stopped production despite the strikes. While the strikes have halted production on Read more