National Park Service Proposes Entrance Fee Increase for Several Popular Parks

The National Park Service (NPS)  has announced a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Currently, the fee for private vehicles is between $25 and $30, while the fee for motorcycles is $15-25 and $10-15 for pedestrians and bikers. Under the proposal, the fees would increase to $70 (in peak season from May …

Making Your Passion Your Paycheck: Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs

Whether your passion is rock climbing, camping, skiing, yoga or scuba diving, starting a company that combines your passion with the opportunity to pay your bills can be exciting and overwhelming. Perhaps the scariest part of any such endeavor is that we simply cannot know what we don’t know. One place where entrepreneurs struggle to …

CBP to Ban Imports Made by North Korean Workers Regardless of Location

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it will block imports of goods that were produced with North Korean labor even though North Korean workers were employed outside of North Korea. The announcement was made after reports that Chinese-processed seafood Americans buy at Walmart, ALDI, and other stores has been produced with North …

Perils of Using Social Media to Run Promotions

Social media has become a preferred medium for operators to disseminate information and sell their products/services, connect with their customers and strengthen their brand. With this availability and convenience, also comes numerous unforeseen opportunities to run afoul of the law (e.g., violations of gambling prohibitions, FCC/FTC guidelines, necessary official rules provisions and state registration/bonding requirements). …

NCAA Coaches Charged in Corruption Scandal

In a breaking story that is sure to stoke the debate regarding collegiate athletics and money, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that charges have been brought against assistant coaches at four prominent college basketball programs as well as the director of sports marketing at Adidas. The criminal complaints …

Drafting and Negotiating Distribution Agreements: Common Mistakes that Lead to Litigation

Distribution partnerships, like marriages, are entered into during a period of optimism and excitement. You have a great product and you found the right partner who will help you take it to the masses. It’s a relationship that will last a lifetime, right? Maybe. As with any relationship, failure to communicate expectations or poorly communicating …