Minnesota Carpet Company Sues USOC Over Free Speech

Minnesota based carpet cleaning company, Zerorez, has filed a suit against the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over its social media ban that was placed on companies that were not sponsors during the 2016 summer Olympics. Zerorez is seeking “a declaration that Zerorez and other businesses can engage in free speech on social media without infringing…

Getting in Bed with All the Wrong People

Kanye West released his much-anticipated “Famous” music video. In the video, Kanye portrayed celebrities such as Former President George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, Bill Cosby, Amber Rose, and Caitlyn Jenner, naked laying in a bed next to himself. Obviously, these were not the…

Baseball’s Monopoly

Major League Baseball (MLB), has been exempt from antitrust laws since 1922. Throughout the years, many have tried to repeal that exemption but have struck out. Most recently, the Supreme Court has denied to hear the City of San Jose v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball case, stopping all recent progress to having the…

U.S. Women’s National Team Takes A Hit

With the 2016 Olympics just within reach, we can all rest assured knowing that by law, the U.S. Women’s National Team (“USWNT”) cannot strike and will be participating in the 2016 Olympics. A recent decision by Judge Coleman held that, the player’s union had given General Counsel John B. Langel authority to integrate the terms…

Bikram Back in Court

A California judge has ruled that Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram (hot) yoga, cannot plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid discovery requests from a former employee. The Fifth Amendment protects people from being held for committing a crime. Since the plaintiff, Sharon Clerkin’s, allegations are not related to criminal conduct, the judge said, there is…

CrossFit Inc. Sets Precedent

What kind of workout can one expect on their first visit to a CrossFit box (gym)?  The workout will usually consist of a 500-meter row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 pushups and 10 pull-ups. This “baseline” workout is usually used to assess the new client’s initial fitness level. An Affiliate owner would never suspect…

Goodell’s Absolute Power

Yesterday, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the NFL against the Players Association to uphold the league’s personal conduct policy. The Personal Conduct Policy, which was implemented in 2014, affords commissioner Roger Goodell the power to place a player on the exempt list, or grant leave without pay. Prior to his ruling, the arbitrator encouraged…

Porsche Cleared of Responsibility

Back on November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious franchise died in a car crash. Walker was killed in the crash while friend, and experienced driver, Roger Rodas was driving a Porsche Carrera GT. Reports from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated the Porsche went…

U.S. Women earn the glory, Men earn the money

Since FIFA held their first Women’s World Cup in 1991, the U.S. Women’s National Team (“USWNT”) has been steadily growing in popularity. In fact, in 2015 the Women’s World Cup final was the most-watched soccer match in U.S. television history for both men and women, averaging 25.4 million viewers. To compare, the 2015 NBA Finals…

Analysis of Run Gum v. United States Olympic Committee & USA Track and Field

Last month, the Untied States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) and USA Track & Field (“USATF”) were sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon by Run Gum, a company co-owned by Olympic runner Nick Simmonds, alleging that restrictions on the type of advertisements athletes can wear on their jersey violate antitrust laws. Run…