Tuesday, May 25, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Legal Battles

Competetion on the Field and Off

Just when we thought the world of professional sports licensing was set to make a monumental change, it did! Although many speculated a change to rewrite trademark and logo licensing forever, what we got was the triumph of the little guy over the big company.

As previously reported, the NFL has been in a long legal battle with hatmaker, American Needle. The case involves a dispute over antitrust practices, which limit or prevent competition in the open market. The League agreed to an exclusive licensing deal with Reebok, giving them all rights to produce NFL apparel. This deal leaves all other sports apparel companies on the sidelines. Deals like this are typical in some areas of professional sports, in TV broadcasting for example, but not in the realm of team apparel.

Just the other day the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) decided the Reebok-NFL deal does in fact infringe on antitrust laws, and sent the case back to federal district court. Prior to the high court ruling, the NFL had been granted clearance for their deal, leaving American Needle, a small but reputable company, with an uphill battle.

Clearly the hill was not too much for the hatmaker, and a mountain of success for the trademark licensing market.

We'll keep watching this one for the final score.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cheat One, Treat Some!

With the tax season close behind us, many are finding out what (if any) penalties they may be incurring for their dealings with Uncle Sam. Some Americans take pride in trying to "bend" the laws and policies, but things like this can catch up and some time or another. Hey, the laws are made to make most of the population conform to the mishaps of the poor-decision-making percentage; it's just the way of the world.

Recently this trait caught up with a business owner. The president and owner of House of Brides submitted fraudulent sales tax forms for at least 5 Chicagoland stores. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but has come full circle now. To even the score, he must donate 500 formal dresses per year for the next 3 years to the Glass Slipper Project, a nonprofit organization which provides free prom dresses to young women with limited means to purchase their own.

GSP is a wonderful organization which many companies and other organizations donate to regularly, making prom dreams reality. They take, not only dresses, but shoes and other accessories as well.
Thanks to the House of Brides, the Glass Slipper Project and many Chicagoland ladies will be full of options when it comes to prom shopping.

Looks like this punishment truly fits its crime!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Gives

Bargains at the Bottomless Closet!

Bottomless Closet Inc.

*Size 8 - Spring or Summer Bride? Win a beautiful Wedding Dress. Bring as many friends as you can to our next sale, support our mission and enter our raffle for this classic gown.*

Bottomless Closet has 2 inventory reduction sales in the month of May! On Friday the 21st from 11am until 7pm and on Saturday the 22nd from 10am until 2pm. 435 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, IL.

All proceeds go to support our core mission - giving women the opportunity to get back to work. Many of us have to be frugal these days and it just makes sense to spend less where you can, while at the same time helping others who are struggling at this point in their lives. So join us on Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy a shopping experience that provides the best of brand name and designer clothing at the lowest possible cost to you - and rest easy - it's your good deed for the day!

The founding mission of Bottomless Closet was "to elevate the employment potential and marketability of women welfare recipients who want to work. It will provide clothing, at no charge, to women on assistance who don't have suitable clothing to wear to a job interview".

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

The Anticipation of the NBA Off-Season is Raging...
By Contributing Editor, L.B.R.

In the coming months, the NBA could see some major roster changes. A number of big name players will be reaching free agency, and could find themselves in brand new uniforms, or in a new region of the country.

Not since '96, when Shaq left Orlando for L.A., has the NBA seen the possibility of such drastic change. One of the biggest anticipations is where LeBron James will land. With the Cavs now out of the playoffs, a lot of sports analysts are weighing in on where he could end up. Many say Chicago, and surely the Windy City hopes so (Fingers crossed! Between LeBron, D. Rose, and Noah, the Bulls are gonna be beasts!). Others are thinking he might head to the Nets, who will be soon leaving New Jersey for Brooklyn. Some speculate 'Bron might head to NYC, especially with Jay-Z as the owner of the team.

Others up for big moves include; Dwyane Wade (Miami), Chris Bosh (Toronto), and Amar'e Stoudamire (Phoenix). The anticipation of these players leaving teams they've been with for years is building fast.

This off-season is definitely going to be Nothin But Anticipation!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

Green Economics in the Midwest (or lack thereof) - By Contributing Editor, M.

After attending the Third Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit at Illinois Institute of Technology, it became apparent that Chicago and the state of Illinois are way behind in terms of “Green Jobs’, jobs that promote environmentally friendly occupations, or ones that lead to using our resources in a more efficient way. Take for instance, Virginia’s Green Jobs tax credit and California’s Green Tech Tax Exemption. Green Jobs for America also has an amazing role in boosting the economy through the green approach.

These are quite important steps, and I am glad that those states are taking them, but what about Illinois? We have plenty of space, a large community of people that are looking for meaningful job training and work, and as I learned at the conference, investors that want to invest in green businesses in the Midwest; but only if financially viable and supported by state policies. We have plenty of people willing to train workers, and plenty of people that are conscious and passionate about living and working green. We just have to persuade our legislators that it is worthwhile to push initiatives like this from the policy side; there are a lot that companies and communities can do on their own, but only so much.

Check out Chicagoland Green Collar Job Initiative for information about the green Economy in Chicago.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Judicial Appointment Ready for Approval

As reported about a month ago, longtime Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be soon retiring. This retirment gives President Obama his second opportunity to select a justice for the high court. His first appointment was newest Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and the second proves to be just as smart of a selection.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is Obama's Supreme Court choice and former fellow faculty member, when the 2 taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Kagan has worked in both academic capacities as well as government, serving as Vice President Biden's Chief Counsel when he was a Senator, and even as the first female dean of Harvard Law school.

When speaking about Kagan, Obama said, "While we can't presume to replace Justice Stevens' wisdom or experience, I have selected a nominee who I believe embodies that same excellence, independence, integrity and passion for the law, and who can ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on the court: our solicitor general, and my friend, Elena Kagan."

The next step is getting the Senate's approval for the appointment. With so much freshness and diversity on the court, our judiciary system is definitely headed in a great direction.

Monday, May 10, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Talent

Another Must See Feature!

For those of you B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers in the NYC area, there's yet another amazing play coming for you to see. I Lost My Heart in Haiti is packed with theatrical power, including the multi-talented Nehanda Loiseau.

Check out this fabulous feature, set for May 30 and June 4 at the National Black Theater, with more dates possibly to come.

For tickets, call 718.644.4218 / 646.284.3785 / or 646.377.0718

Monday, May 3, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Finally a Fashion Focus

Just last week, Fordham University School of Law in NYC announced the launch of their Fashion Law Institute. For so long, those loving the law with a passion for fashion have dreamed of such a place; and now, the lawyers of tomorrow have it!

The Fashion Law Institute is the first of its kind, and the long awaited incarnation of many fashionista esquires. The Institute will give designers and design students the services they'll need to be legally sound in the fashion industry. Fashion law students will be trained to provide counselling and assistance on topics ranging from trademarking to brand licensing, located right in the midst of Manhattan's Garment District.

Noted fashion lawyer, Susan Scafidi will be heading the Institute along with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The fall of 2010 will mark the begining of a phenomenon in the legal industry. We are more than excited and proud of this step in the stylish direction.

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