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 …

Second Circuit Rejects Major League Scouts’ Efforts to Take on Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption

For nearly a century, Major League Baseball (MLB) has enjoyed the benefit of an exemption from the antitrust laws. The controversial and often criticized exemption began with Justice Holmes’ opinion in Federal Baseball Club v. National League, 259 U.S. 200, 42 S.Ct. 465, 66 L.Ed. 898 (1922), in which Holmes reasoned that even though the …

Know the Hurdles Before Building a Rock Climbing Gym or Other Facility

Opening a rock climbing gym can be a huge, but inspiring endeavor. Designing walls and flooring and engaging contractors to perform the build out. Selecting holds, ropes, shoes, belaying equipment, and crash pads, and then contracting with various manufacturers and industry players for this equipment. These are the many decisions and hurdles a climbing start-up …