Adventurer Strives to Break World Record in Upcoming Trek to South Pole

For winter sport enthusiasts and hikers alike, a goal only a few accomplish, involves the will, training and drive to reach the South Pole. This beautiful but strenuous 700-plus mile journey through white-out conditions, limited resources and pulling one’s own weight in supplies to survive, is a feat. This winter, Eric Larsen will try to …

States Team Up to Support and Protect the Outdoors and the $900 Billion Industry It Creates

Last week, Colorado and seven other states (Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming)  signed the “Confluence Accords” – a treaty of sorts that commits the signors to various efforts to grow the outdoor recreation economy. The agreement dictates that the states adopt common principles aimed at: public education and promotion of the …

Climbing Wall Industry Reaching New Heights Ahead of Annual Summit

The annual Climbing Wall Association (“CWA”) Summit in Loveland, Colorado, kicks off the week of May 14, 2018, with pre-conferences leading up to the premier trade show for the indoor climbing industry on May 17-18th. This show will unlock endless opportunities for indoor rock climbing gyms, product manufacturers, recreation centers and other industry players to …

A Friend of the Outdoors: Colorado Governor Hints at Possible Presidential Run

Hints on a possible presidential run by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper could boost attention for outdoor-industry issues in the 2020 campaign. Hickenlooper was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to accept the annual “Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award” during the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) annual Capitol Summit and hinted at a possible 2020 presidential run. …

eSports Legislation in Maryland

On January 19, 2018, Maryland House Bill 283 was introduced by Republican Delegate Robin Grammer. The bill exempts competitive video games, known as eSports, from the state’s laws banning wagering and gambling. “eSports” is defined as video games such as first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, and multiplayer online battle arenas in which: players compete against …

Mitigating the Risk of Infringing Goods by Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A company’s brand is among its most valuable assets. Therefore, protecting a company’s trademarks is critically important. The importation into the United States of infringing goods presents a substantial brand risk to trademark owners. Few people are aware of the role that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays in enforcing intellectual property rights …

Senior Tax Partner Informs Outdoor Retailer Crowd of Tax Reform Impact on Domestic Manufacturers

At Outdoor Retailer, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Senior Tax Partner Jim Walker updated the Outdoor Industry Association’s Made in America Working Group on the impact of federal tax reform on domestic manufacturers. The new rules providing for the immediate expensing of the cost of qualified property is guaranteed to have a major impact on any …