Entertainment & Sports Law

977 ABA Journal Entertainment & Sports Law articles.

Team protest cases are labor law, not free speech
Terri Carmichael Jackson recalled leading the Women’s National Basketball Players Association during a panel on Social Activism and Freedom of Speech in Sports at the ABA Annual Meeting.
Judge rules Johnny Depp can void unwritten contract with lawyer; is ‘handshake culture’ at risk?

A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that actor Johnny Depp can void an oral contract with his former lawyer because California law requires contingency agreements to be put in…

SpongeBob and the ‘oh, please!’ standard of trademark foolishness
The moments are rare, but they exist—moments when a plaintiff’s screams for justice are (almost) drowned out by the cries of laughter from a courthouse. Today, we bring you an interesting new case of epic proportions: the trademark dispute of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Player protests are about labor law, not the First Amendment
In the spring of 2016, Terri Carmichael Jackson was named director of operations for the Women’s National Basketball Players’ Association, the WNBA’s players union. She recalled the time as a bumpy introduction to the job during a Friday morning panel titled "The Right (or Not) to Take a Knee: Social Activism and Freedom of Speech in Sports" at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Youth tackle football head injuries
A class action suit against the Pop Warner youth football league on safety concerns stands to be the first lawsuit to go to trial.
Celebrity attorneys face challenges, ethical pitfalls
Attorneys who have been in the limelight say it’s important to be aware of the challenges that come with representing celebrities and how missteps can impact their reputation and yours.
Is the NFL’s anthem policy constitutional? Not in some states, law prof argues
State constitutions may protect players who are fined for violating the NFL's ban on protests during the national anthem, according to incoming Harvard law professor Nikolas Bowie.
Composer’s heir can’t sue Jay-Z to enforce moral rights to flute song in ‘Big Pimpin’,’ court says
The nephew of an Egyptian composer has no standing to sue Jay-Z and producer Timbaland for copyright infringement for sampling a flute melody in his rap hit “Big Pimpin',” a federal appeals court has ruled.
Lawsuits, leads and legwork helped expose Larry Nassar
The sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar for molesting young gymnasts and USA Gymnastics’ alleged complicity riveted the nation for months. But it was a lesser-known lawsuit and partnership between investigative journalists and lawyers that helped crack the case wide open.
June 19, 1972: Curt Flood loses ‘reserve clause’ challenge
Baseball’s reserve clause allowed total team control of a player’s career. Baseball’s hold on the American imagination and control of player contracts allowed it to survive the 1919 Black Sox scandal, the Great Depression, segregation, franchise relocations and two major U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Does Roseanne Barr have a valid legal claim for cancellation of her show?
The First Amendment restricts the government from interfering with free speech rights, but it doesn’t cover job-related consequences for private employees--or even star comedians.
Harvey Weinstein is indicted; could other accusers testify at trial?
Producer Harvey Weinstein opted not to testify before a grand jury that indicted him Wednesday on charges of rape and criminal sexual assault.
Has pro bono work helped you professionally?
Can pro bono pay off?
Michigan State agrees to $500M settlement with victims of Larry Nassar

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with 332 victims of Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor for the university who was sentenced to prison for sexually…

Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars states from authorizing sports betting.

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