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

COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks in California: Now Covered by Workers’ Compensation and Subject to Detailed Employee and Health Department Notification Obligations

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Tiana Bey On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two laws designed to protect California workers exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace: Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685. Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Under SB 1159, California established a new rebuttable presumption that requires employers to treat a COVID-19 related illness or death of an employee as a workplace injury … Continue reading COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks in California: Now Covered by Workers’ Compensation and Subject to Detailed Employee and Health Department Notification Obligations

China 301 Duty Refunds – What Is Next?

Written by Susan Kohn Ross There are conflicting opinions as to when the deadline (called the statute of limitations) expires to file a complaint at the Court of International Trade and seek refunds on any China 301 List 3 duties which were paid. We know the statute of limitations is two years – but when does it start? Some argue the statute expired on Friday, … Continue reading China 301 Duty Refunds – What Is Next?

COVID Continuation: California Expands Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Coverage for Employers With Over 500 Employees

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Stephen Franz On September 9, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1867.  AB 1867 amends the Labor Code and requires, among other things, that private employers with 500 or more workers (i.e. those that are excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave beginning September 19, 2020.  The Purpose of AB 1867: … Continue reading COVID Continuation: California Expands Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Coverage for Employers With Over 500 Employees

MSK Minute: Stephen Franz Discusses Back-to-School Questions Related to the FFCRA

As kids begin returning to school in person, virtually or on a hybrid schedule, new questions regarding an employee’s eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are emerging. In this video, MSK attorney Stephen Franz addresses these questions and more. Continue reading MSK Minute: Stephen Franz Discusses Back-to-School Questions Related to the FFCRA

Temporary Deferral of Employee Social Security Tax Withholding: Is It Really Worth It?

Written by Jeffrey Davine The Executive Order. On August 8, 2020, in response to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s economy, President Trump issued an executive order permitting employers to defer the withholding and remittance of the employee’s share of the 6.2% Social Security (FICA) tax that is required when wages or salary are paid during the period September 1, 2020 through … Continue reading Temporary Deferral of Employee Social Security Tax Withholding: Is It Really Worth It?