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What’s in a hangtag? that which we call Coach

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According to the The Fashion Law, Coach filed an action in a Manhattan federal court in February 2017 against various defendants for creating and distributing products that allegedly infringe upon its intellectual property. Interestingly, and rather unusually, Coach is not only seeking trademark protection, but also protection of trade dress of its hangtag design. Trade dress refers […]

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When Politics and Sports Collide

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In early January 2017, Texas State Senator Lois Kolkhorst unveiled Senate Bill 6, which, if passed, would prohibit the enforcement of local nondiscrimination ordinances allowing transgender people in Texas to use the bathroom of their choice and would instead require all those in Texas to use the bathroom that matches their “biological sex” in government […]

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Wet Seal’s Last-Stitch Effort Fails

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Wet Seal is the latest retailer to close its doors. In late January, news outlets reported that the retail chain planned to close all locations. Wet Seal, which targets the 18-24 demographic, proceeded to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in early February. As reported by Fortune, the company listed assets between $10 million and $50 […]

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Nationwide Sports Gambling? Bet On It.

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The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, also known as the Bradley Act, expressly prohibits sports betting nationwide with four exceptions: Oregon, Delaware, Montana, and, most notably, Nevada. Nevertheless, gambling remains an enormous industry, with the American Gaming Association estimating that “as much as $90 billion would be wagered on the NFL… season” […]

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The End of Amateurism in College Football?

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The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Richard Griffin released a memo in late January stating that football players at private universities and colleges should qualify as employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As SportsLawInsider reports, the memo noted that these players should be afforded the Act’s Section 7 protections, which would […]

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Virtual Reality Becomes a $500 Million Actual Reality for Facebook

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Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) company, was ordered by a jury to pay $500 million in damages to ZeniMax last week, concluding a multi-year lawsuit. As reported by Business Insider, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified that Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for nearly $3 billion as a way to be a pioneer in the […]

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Beyoncé to Get Lawyers in “Formation”

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As reported by Law360, the estate of deceased YouTube performer, Anthony Barré, has filed a suit against Beyoncé and Sony Music Entertainment seeking $20 million in damages as well as declaratory and injunctive relief for copyright infringement. The complaint alleges that the pop star sampled phrases from Barré’s YouTube videos in her 2016 chart-topping hit […]

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The NBA and Trump’s Immigration Ban

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Over the past few weeks, President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on visas and refugees has dominated the news. Executive orders, which are legally binding directives made by the President in order to direct federal agencies, are often controversial, however Trump’s immigration EO seems to have procured more negative attention than any EO in recent […]

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Time for the NFL to Reconsider Marijuana Policy?

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As public opinion towards marijuana continues to warm, there is talk that, in the not too distant future, NFL players may be able to partake in using the popular drug. Currently, 16 of the 32 professional football teams are located in states that have legalized at least the medicinal use of marijuana, according to the […]

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Paging the Fashion Police

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As reported by The Fashion Law, in an ironic turn of events, retailer Forever 21, which has been sued over 50 times in recent years for copying others’ protected designs, has filed suit against C. Luce and CornerStone Apparel (doing business as TCEC and Papaya Clothing, respectively) for infringing on one of its protected designs. The suit centers around the […]

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