Inside Baseball: MLB Dares A-Rod to Waive Confidentiality on Drug Testing. Can He?

By Byron McMasters | I hate writing this, but Alex Rodriguez’s attorney is right. When Major League Baseball issued its surprise challenge to A-Rod’s attorney Joseph Tacopina on the Today Show that A-Rod could discuss the facts of his suspension provided MLB could publicly disclose all of its evidence in the case, it made for a great “gotcha” moment on live TV.

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State Tax Credits For Film Production Companies: Show Me The Money!

By Christopher Matteodo | Many states have become caught up in trying to lure Hollywood into using their state as the filming location for the next big-budget blockbuster. In the current challenging economic climate, the local production of large movies, television shows, and video games can help to stimulate the local economy by creating jobs, building infrastructure, and generating revenue for local businesses.

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Rights of Publicity and the Student-Athlete: Another Test for the NCAA

By Byron McMasters | A federal appeals court recently reinstated former Rutgers University quarterback Ryan Hart’s lawsuit against videogame giant Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) for allegedly violating his right of publicity by using his likeness and bio in its NCAA Football videogame.

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New Regs for Tracking FMLA Intermittent Leave: Use Smallest Increment

By Roger Hood | As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, new regulations issued in March clarify tracking for employers with hourly employees who take time off for qualified FMLA leave. The new regulations serve as a reminder to employers that they must track using the smallest increment of time utilized for other types of leave that are offered to employees.

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Coming Soon to Your Social Media Page: That Court Summons You’ve Been Dodging

By Byron McMasters | Recently, Texas became the first state in the nation to introduce legislation authorizing the notice of a lawsuit via a social media site. If passed, the proposed legislation would authorize a judge to permit a plaintiff to serve the defendant through social media if the defendant maintains a social media page, regularly accesses the account and “could reasonably be expected to receive actual notice if the electronic communication were sent to the defendant’s account.”

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Never Miss a Branding Opportunity: A Lesson From The Evil Empire

By Byron McMasters | The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s rejection of a trademark application made a rare appearance in the news recently when a new company called Evil Enterprises, Inc. was denied registration for the mark “Baseballs Evil Empire” that it intended to use in connection with a new clothing line.

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