Producers of Hustlers Hustle Up a Win in Lawsuit: SDNY Dismisses Claims for Invasion of Privacy and Defamation in Barbash v. STX Financing

Written by Leo M. Lichtman Earlier this month, the Southern District of New York gave its stamp of approval to the hit film Hustlers, when it dismissed an action for invasion of privacy and defamation brought by Samantha Barbash, the real-life ringleader of an illegal conspiracy that influenced the film.  In its order of dismissal, the court provided important guidance on New York’s invasion of … Continue reading Producers of Hustlers Hustle Up a Win in Lawsuit: SDNY Dismisses Claims for Invasion of Privacy and Defamation in Barbash v. STX Financing

Can We Or Can’t We – Operate, That Is!

Written by Susan Kohn Ross and Thea Rogers The State of California issued a new stay at home order on November 20, 2020, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday and some degree of tumult has ensued.  This latest order supersedes the one we covered last week, which you can see here.  As much as 94% of the State is in the most restrictive or purple … Continue reading Can We Or Can’t We – Operate, That Is!

California Tightens COVID Restrictions

Written by Susan Kohn Ross California Governor Newsom and State public health officials announced significant changes to COVID restrictions, effective November 17, 2020, as the rise in virus-related illnesses and deaths skyrockets. Specifically, California employs a color-coded tier system with the severity of the virus outbreak dictating into which tier a county falls, affecting the extent to which businesses may operate. The color coding is … Continue reading California Tightens COVID Restrictions

Proposition 19 Set to End Major Property Tax Exemption

Written by Rachel Ronca Proposition 19 will essentially end your ability to transfer real estate to your children free of property tax reassessment.[1]  If you have a legacy property that you intend to pass to the next generation (regardless of whether it is your home, or it is a rental, commercial or industrial property), you must act quickly. Generally, when real estate changes ownership, the property … Continue reading Proposition 19 Set to End Major Property Tax Exemption

California to Require Employers to Annually Submit Pay Data to DFEH

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 973, a requirement that private employers of 100 or more employees report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) pay and hours-worked data by job category, sex, race and ethnicity by March 31, 2021.  Subsequent pay data reports must be filed annually. SB 973 is … Continue reading California to Require Employers to Annually Submit Pay Data to DFEH

From Players to Promoters: The People of Esports

In this webinar video, MSK attorneys Jeremy Mittman and Jaclyn Granet are joined by Andrew Cooke, General Counsel at Fnatic (one of the leading teams in esports globally), as the three of them discuss issues, interests and opportunities in this exciting and fast-growing industry. Specifically, they address audience engagement, trends in various platforms and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, revenues, important labor and employment issues … Continue reading From Players to Promoters: The People of Esports

Proposed Rule Provides More Access to Capital for Businesses by Exempting Certain “Finders” from SEC Registration

Written by Mark Hiraide and Travis Jeffries Ever since the enactment of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), the practice of compensating a so-called “finder” of investors has been risky – it exposed both the finder and the company to whom the finder introduced investors to draconian rescission liability, unless the finder was registered as a broker with the U.S. Securities and … Continue reading Proposed Rule Provides More Access to Capital for Businesses by Exempting Certain “Finders” from SEC Registration

‘Big Litigants Don’t Cry’: Ninth Circuit Finds That Musical About Four Seasons Used Only Unprotected Facts

Written by Timothy M. Carter On September 8, 2020 in Corbello v. Valli, the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the principle that copyright law does not protect facts and that authors who characterize their statements as fact are estopped from claiming that the statements were actually fiction.  974 F.3d 965 (9th Cir. 2020).  The Court’s opinion reaffirms basic principles that have not recently come up in Ninth … Continue reading ‘Big Litigants Don’t Cry’: Ninth Circuit Finds That Musical About Four Seasons Used Only Unprotected Facts

California Family Rights Act: Big Changes Ahead!

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Adé Jackson OVERVIEW There are changes on the horizon to California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) as a result of Senate Bill 1383 that all employers need to be aware of.  Under CFRA, covered employers must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during each 12-month period for purposes of family and medical leave. Governor Newsom recently signed SB 1383, … Continue reading California Family Rights Act: Big Changes Ahead!

Independent Contractor or Employee? With Recent Amendments to California’s AB 5 Law, The Battle Continues

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Adé Jackson  Earlier this month Governor Newsom signed AB 2257, which was the culmination of a furious lobbying effort by specific industries (only some of which were successful) to amend California’s new independent contractor law (also known as “AB 5”). It was also considered a “cleanup” bill to tinker around the edges of the law’s requirements.  Much of the controversy … Continue reading Independent Contractor or Employee? With Recent Amendments to California’s AB 5 Law, The Battle Continues