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Docket Digest - March 31st, 2021

Docket Digest - March 31st, 2021
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This week’s Digest includes a #CaseCommentary and two legal-related stories #InTheNews.
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#CaseCommentary - NCAA v. Alston
Against the context of March Madness, college sports’ most famous and lucrative affair, there is a decades-long reckoning underway that will permanently alter the face of college athletics. Earlier today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in NCAA v. Alston. Former Division I college athletes filed the complaint, alleging that the NCAA’s policies governing education-related benefits are unconstitutional under federal competition law. The Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit concerning the NCAA for the first time in four decades. The central question is whether athletes should be eligible to obtain educational advantages such as laptops, scientific tools, and musical instruments. Unlike other students, college players, who are also on athletic scholarships, are not qualified for financial benefits. NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma was the NCAA’s last Supreme Court fight. It gained a valuable concession from that case, where NCAA was held to be unlike most companies in that it needs enough latitude to uphold a legacy of amateurism in college athletics.
#InTheNews - Nike Files Trademark Infringement Suit.
MSCHF, a Brooklyn-based art group, converted 666 pairs of Nike Air Max 97s into its “Satan Sneakers” as part of a limited-edition collection for Lil Nas X. Even though they were valued at an ungodly $1,018, all 666 pairs were officially sold out within a minute of their release. An inverted triangle, a bronze pentagram charm, and a drop of human blood are included on the redesigned red and black kicks. The shoes also have the biblical reference “Luke 10:18,” which refers to the Bible verse “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”. These symbols are often related to satanism, and they angered several users on Twitter, prompting the hashtags “Satan Sneakers” and “Lil Nas X” to trend. The shoes also have Nike’s trademark Swoosh, which has annoyed many customers who have vowed to boycott the company.
In response, Nike has filed a lawsuit against MSCHF. In Nike’s complaint, brought in U.S. Federal Court in New York, charges that MSCHF Product Studio Inc, headquartered in Brooklyn, infringed on and diluted the brand and that the updated shoes had damaged the company’s image. Nike has also cited some of those online responses in the lawsuit like: “This is sickening!!! How is Nike not involved when there’s a Nike symbol on the shoe!!!” Nike is requesting the judge to “immediately” prohibit MSCHF from filling any orders for the Satan Shoe.
#InTheNews - New Epstein Lawsuit Filed
Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, had allegedly raped a 26-year-old South Florida real estate broker in early 2008, according to a complaint brought last week. The victim says Epstein trafficked her to other individuals as well, including a local judge. The victim, known only as “Jane Doe,” alleges that at a hotel in Naples, Florida, Epstein and Maxwell repeatedly raped her in front of her 8-year-old baby. She also claims that they forced her to have sex with several other men, including a local judge who remains anonymous. Doe has said she encountered Epstein and Maxwell at a barbeque organized by her boss, who knew Epstein well. She has also alleged that Epstein forced her to go through a vaginal surgery and help him market her as a virgin to his clients. Her boss, who is not included in the lawsuit, informed her that Epstein had decided to rent or buy a house, so she found him one to rent for $10,000 a month. According to the lawsuit, he charged cash and told her not to name the occupant or process Epstein’s identity.
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