Business Law Section Blog

Mar 27th, 2020

Do’s and Don’ts for Telephonic Hearings

In current circumstances, we have all had to adjust to handling hearings almost exclusively by telephone.  We have heard from some of our judges about the difficulties associated with telephone hearings.  The current strain on phone lines/internet and the number of attorneys on the phone on every case have made court hearings quite challenging for both the bench and the attorneys, especially when everyone has to struggle to hear or understand the person speaking.   Read More
Mar 11th, 2020

Did the Supreme Court really ban Nunc Pro Tunc Orders?

By: Dana L. Robbins, Burr & Forman, LLP The U.S. Supreme Court in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico v. Acevedo Feliciano, No. 18-921, 2020 WL 871715, at *1 (U.S. Feb. 24, 2020) in a per curiam opinion that turned on a state court’s jurisdiction after a case has been removed to district court, but before remand, held that a nunc pro tunc order cannot save actions taken by the state court in the interim period. The procedural history of the case is complex and not particularly dispositive given the high court’s finding of a jurisdictional defect. Read More
Nov 14th, 2019

Pay to Play — What Ramifications Does the NCAA Decision Have on the Representation of College Athletes From a Florida Attorney’s Standpoint?

by James M. Paul, Shutts & Bowen, LLP On October 29, 2019, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) top decision makers voted unanimously to start the process of modifying its long existing rule of not allowing college athletes to profit off their names, images, and likeness. The NCAA will now allow college athletes to profit from their names, images, and likeness “in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” This was a far different stance from the stance taken by the NCAA, just less than thirty days earlier, when the NCAA deviated from its criticism of California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act.” The NCAA in response to California’s proposal, which was signed into law by California Governor, Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2019, but will not take effect until 2023, called the Act an “existential threat” to college sports and even threatened to “annex” California from the NCAA.

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