Deepfakes and Rights for the Dead: New York Adds a Post Mortem Publicity Right and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

Written by Timothy M. Carter On Monday, November 30, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation (S5959D / A.5605-C, which we’ll refer to as the “Statute”) establishing, among other things, a new post-mortem “right of publicity.”  We explain here the key points to know about the new law. New York’s new post-mortem right is similar to the existing right of publicity protections … Continue reading Deepfakes and Rights for the Dead: New York Adds a Post Mortem Publicity Right and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

More COVID-19 Rules for California Employers: Cal-OSHA’s Emergency COVID-19 Safety Regulations Take Effect

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers On November 30, 2020, Cal-OSHA’s proposed temporary emergency COVID-19 safety regulations were approved, and went into effect (currently through October 2, 2021).   Helpful FAQ’s have also been published, with more on their way.  Broad Application to Employers These temporary regulations are applicable to all employers and places of employment in California, with the following exceptions: (1) those places … Continue reading More COVID-19 Rules for California Employers: Cal-OSHA’s Emergency COVID-19 Safety Regulations Take Effect

Do You Operate a Los Angeles-Based Office? Work in One? Read This – Especially if your business is considered essential!

Written by Susan Kohn Ross and Thea Rogers As most everyone is by now aware, Los Angeles officials, both at the County and City level, have issued additional COVID-related restrictions on almost all industries, such that everyone living and/or working in L.A. is now operating in lockdown “Round 2” and is being told to basically – just stay home!  A question we have repeatedly received … Continue reading Do You Operate a Los Angeles-Based Office? Work in One? Read This – Especially if your business is considered essential!

New Virus Orders – More Restrictions

Written by Susan Kohn Ross The most recent order by the State of California of widespread impact was issued on November 19, 2020 and was discussed here. It was followed on the 25th by one dealing with outdoor operations only. Responding to the earlier statewide order, various counties and cities have now issued their own orders, all further restricting permitted activities. One helpful point is … Continue reading New Virus Orders – More Restrictions

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 19, 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