Can College Athletes Get Paid in Michigan? Here’s What You Need to Know.

In addition to being an experienced business lawyer, Dan Artaev is a former Division III collegiate tennis player. If you are considering a potential endorsement deal, contact Dan for a consultation to ensure your rights are protected and you are doing it right. Yes, NCAA athletes can receive compensation for their name, image, and likeness…

Employers: Know Your Obligations Under Michigan’s COVID-19 Employment Rights Act

In late October 2020, Michigan enacted several important laws that affect employers’ rights and obligations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. I have updated my general COVID-19 guide for employers every month, and I have also written specifically about the COVID tort liability shield. Governor Whitmer also signed the COVID-19 Employment Rights…

FAQ: Can Playing Music on Twitch or During My Podcast Get Me Sued?

Yes it can. As the popularity of internet streaming soars, content creators are encountering unique legal issues related to the media that they use. In June 2020, Twitch received thousands of so-called “takedown notices” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) related to multiple archived clips that contain copyrighted music. The Recording Industry Association of…

FAQ: Michigan’s COVID-19 Response and Reopening Liability Act

In 2020, employers have been struggling to navigate a maze of ever-changing COVID laws, regulations, and guidance from both the state and federal levels. It has not been easy. Besides trying to keep their business open, make ends meet, and generally stay safe, employers now have another thing to worry about: liability lawsuits for potential…

Fun Facts About the History of the World’s Oldest Hobby: Gambling.

For a change of pace, here is some short and fun reading about everyone’s favorite hobby – gambling. Whenever I do a gambling-related legal project or research, it amazes me how much time and effort has been spent by lawmakers across the United States regulating and restricting gambling in all its forms. And, it is…

The Essential Guide to Setting Up a Nonprofit Corporation In Michigan

Nonprofits are big business. According to recent IRS statistics, Michigan has over 50,000 nonprofit entities, holding more than $268 billion in assets, and employing over 470,000 people. Public charities, homeowners’ associations, private foundations, endowments, networking groups, chambers of commerce, are just some examples of nonprofit organizations. Regardless of whether you have $5,000 local school bake…

Are Skill-Based or Pure-Skill Real Money Games Legal in the United States?

Skill-based, pure-skill, or simply real-money skill games are a hot new trend in the online gaming market. Games offered on mobile platforms like the iPhone and devices running the Android operating system are especially popular. Smartphones are everywhere, and in the United States alone an estimated 222 million people have smartphones, with 45 percent of…

Protecting Your Brand Online: Is a Bad Review Defamation?

Following my previous article about online defamation, business owners frequently ask me whether they can “sue” Facebook or Yelp or Google, etc., to get a negative review of their business removed. Or whether they can “sue” the poster for “reputation damages.” This article addresses these questions, and is a more in-depth look at the elements…