January 25, 2018

Trademark trouble for the Vegas Golden Knights, ADA compliance rules for your website, and more in this issue of Advertising Law News & Analysis

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U.S. Army Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights Brand in Free-Fall?

Earlier this month, the United States Army instituted trademark oppositions against two applications filed by the Las Vegas Golden Knights professional hockey team, alleging likelihood of confusion with the brand of its Golden Knights parachute demonstration team, as well as dilution and false suggestion of a connection. The opposition is the culmination of a dispute that started when the team's name was announced in November 2016, write Venable attorneys Andrew Price and Catherine Mitros in a recent blog post. The story holds several lessons about launching and publicizing a new brand.

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Internet connected devices

Is Your Website ADA Title III Compliant?

Wondering if your website is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The short answer is: possibly. In a recent blog post, Venable attorneys Doug Mishkin and Karel Mazanec write that this area of the law continues to evolve, and that lawsuits alleging lack of website accessibility are increasingly popular with plaintiffs' attorneys. Companies seeking to navigate these issues should start by addressing two basic questions ...

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Venable Named 2017 "Consumer Protection Group of the Year"

Law360, a leading trade publication in the legal industry, recently named Venable a 2017 Consumer Protection Group of the Year. The firm was singled out for its counsel to influencers on advertising disclosures, two notable court victories in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau actions, and the first victory in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit involving so-called robocalls, which proceeded all the way to a jury verdict. (Subscription may be required to view content.)

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Healthcare and technology

Venable Launches Healthcare Law Blog

While you're almost certainly familiar with Venable's advertising law blog, All About Adverting Law, did you know the firm authors a host of other blogs on legal topics, such as trade secrets and political law? The latest addition to Venable's family of blogs is Health Law | STAT, which provides thoughtful commentary on legal issues affecting companies in healthcare, including digital health, data privacy and security, fraud and abuse, and other regulatory guidance, healthcare reform, and health benefits for employees. If you are in the healthcare business, you should definitely check it out.

Advertising Law Tool Kit

From the Tool Kit:

Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability by "public accommodations." In the most recent edition of the firm's Advertising Law Tool Kit, Venable partner Doug Mishkin discusses the actions that may make your company's website a "public accommodation" and trigger the requirement that it comply with the ADA.


Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

January 25-28, 2018 | Denver, CO

Join the outdoor industry's leading and newest brands in what's far more than just a product wholesale show. Buyers, suppliers, retailers, and market experts join to share new ideas, explore best practices, and unite as a powerful advocate for environmental issues and the protection of public lands while growing businesses and making new connections.

Digital Entertainment World (DEW)

February 5-6, 2018 | Marina Del Rey, CA

Digital Entertainment World (DEW) attracts digital minded executives and professionals, focused on monetizing digital content. DEW provides a first-class platform for leading intellectual property rights holders from video, music, games, and publishing to access the entire digital value-chain of technology and service providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers. Attendees can build the partnerships necessary to create and monetize digital content across all significant platforms. Venable partners Po Yi and Chris O'Brien will moderate panels on The Future of AR and AI for Media and Entertainment and Crowdfunding, Token Sales, and Smart Contracts, respectively.