Players Seek Clarity in O’Bannon Ruling

By | Labor Relations Today | August 14, 2014

This past Tuesday, student athletes who will be directly affected by the now-famous O’Bannon case out of California have asked the presiding judge to specify that the decision will apply to both current and incoming students when an injunction barring the NCAA from prohibiting student athlete compensation kicks in next year. 

O’Bannon Decision Could Signal Major Changes for College Athletics

When UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon saw his avatar used in an NCAA-branded video game for which he received no compensation, he decided to take action, and agreed to serve as lead plaintiff in a class action challenging NCAA rules prohibiting student-athletes from receiving a share of revenues earned from use of their names, images and likenesses.

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules for Wireless Carriers and Certain OTT Texting Apps

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules for Wireless Carriers and Certain OTT Texting Apps

Following on the heels of a voluntary commitment from the four nationwide wireless carriers to support text-to-911, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), on August 8, 2014, adopted a Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require all wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers – i.e., over-the-top (“OTT”) text messaging applications that enable text messages to U.S. phone numbers – to enable end users to send SMS text messages to emergency service providers.