The Tipping Point

By Bianca Petcu Increasing the minimum wage and refining the tipping process in the service industry continues to permeate through society.[1]  There are currently 18 states that have increased the minimum wage for service workers and other minimum wage employees in their states.[2]  Raising the minimum wage is only one idea for how companies can […]

Did Michelle Williams’ Agent Get Her ‘All of the Money’ For Reshoots?

By: Sara Dalsheim In the wake of sexual assault allegations against actor Kevin Spacey, the director of the film All of the Money, Ridley Scott, decided to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes and replaced him with actor Christopher Plummer.[1]  As a result of these reshoots, the film’s stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg needed to […]

Paying the Price for Destroying Street Art: Possible Redemption for 5Pointz Artists

By: Elizabeth Nwabueze Introduction 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, more commonly known as “5Pointz,” was an outdoor mural space where street artists from around the world would paint authentic pieces on the walls of a 20,000-square-foot factory building.[1] After permitting the artists’ free reign over the then-blighted property in Long Island City developer Jerry Wolkoff planned on […]

Concrete Risk, Invisible Companies: Doing Business in a Minefield of Shell Companies

By Amy D’Avella Amnesty International recently accused the United Kingdom of failing to prevent a shell company from providing arms to conflict-engulfed South Sudan in violation of the U.K.’s export controls laws.[1]  The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), a bureau of the United States Department of Treasury, defines shell companies as “limited liability companies and […]

Fox’s Costly Three Minutes

By: Eli Daniels Fox’s three-minute commercial during Super Bowl 2017 might be more expensive than  originally intended, as Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing Fox for using Ali’s name, image and likeness in the clip.[1] Muhammad Ali Enterprises is seeking more than $30 million in damages in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of […]

The United States Supreme Court Weighs Abolishing the Patent Trial and Appeal Court

By: Robert Tapparo On Monday, November 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC case.[1] The Court considered whether inter partes reviews (IPR) are constitutional.[2] The IPR process, statutorily created by the America Invents Act, enables “a person who is not […]

Dirty Talk: What Brunetti Will Mean for Scandalous and Immoral Marks

By: Spencer Sanders Change is underway in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Matal v. Tam, a case involving a denial of registration of a mark based on Section 2(a) of the Lanham act.[1] In Tam, the lead singer of The Slants, a rock-band made […]

Taking of a Knee Leading to Collusion? A Look into Recent Collusion Claim Against the NFL  

By Sara Dalsheim On April 29, 2011, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick as the number thirty-six overall pick in the National Football League (NFL) draft.[1]  That year, Kaepernick made his NFL debut and in 2013 he took the 49ers to the Super Bowl.[2]  Kaepernick’s success continued until November 2015, when his quarterback rating […]