Missouri and Kansas Lag Behind on Seeking a Small Business Administration Emergency Loan Disaster Program for COVID-19

Missouri and Kansas Lag Behind on Seeking a Small Business Administration Emergency Loan Disaster Program for COVID-19

Last week, the Administrator of the federal Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a statement that the SBA would work with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19.  Disaster declarations have already been made for parts of California, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire,

Navigating the Immediate and Novel Legal Issues Raised by COVID-19

Navigating the Immediate and Novel Legal Issues Raised by COVID-19

For small and medium-sized businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the current economic and political landscape regarding COVID-19 is presenting unique problems and extreme financial challenges.  This likely includes concerns about maintaining adequate cash flow and handling employee expectations, safety, workloads, and compensation.  Of course, the unique issues certainly do not end there during

Mit Winter’s Analysis of NAIA Proposal to Allow College Athletes to be Paid for Endorsement Deals is Discussed in Athletic Business Article

Mit Winter’s Analysis of NAIA Proposal to Allow College Athletes to be Paid for Endorsement Deals is Discussed in Athletic Business Article

An Athletic Business article quotes highlights from Mit Winter’s blog post on the NAIA’s recent proposal to allow NAIA college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL). “Kennyhertz Perry suggests that the NAIA proposal goes further — by allowing NAIA athletes to be paid for the use of

NAIA Proposes Amendments to its Bylaws That Will Allow College Athletes to Be Paid for Endorsing Products and Making Appearances

NAIA Proposes Amendments to  its Bylaws That Will Allow College Athletes to Be Paid for Endorsing Products and Making Appearances

While the NCAA moves slowly toward proposing bylaws that would allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images, and likenesses (“NILs”), another major college athletics governing body, the NAIA, has already released a proposal of its own.  And not only has the NAIA moved faster than the NCAA, its proposal

Colorado and New Jersey Move Closer to Enacting College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Laws

Colorado and New Jersey Move Closer to Enacting College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Laws

California’s status as the only state to pass and enact a college athlete name, image, and likeness (NIL) bill may soon be changing. Colorado is now one step away from becoming the second state to enact a law that would permit college athletes to be paid for the use of their NILs.  On Wednesday, the

Mit Winter is Featured In Articles Discussing The University of Kansas’s Alleged NCAA Violations

Mit Winter is Featured In Articles Discussing The University of Kansas’s Alleged NCAA Violations

There have been ongoing discussions about the NCAA allegations towards the University of Kansas relating to the recruitment of men’s basketball players. The University recently submitted it’s response to the allegations.  Our own sports attorney Mit Winter is featured discussing the timeline of this case in a Lawrence Journal World article. “Mit Winter, a Kansas

A Concise Guide to the Lowly Descriptive Trademark

A Concise Guide to the Lowly Descriptive Trademark

It happens rarely, but there are some areas in which lawyers provide legal advice that is systematically ignored by a large segment of clients. For many decades, trademark lawyers have advised clients not to use “descriptive terms” as trademarks because they are “weak.” And yet clients – or at least some clients – love these

Kansas Joins List of States with a Proposed Bill to Allow College Athletes to Be Paid for the Use of Their Names, Images, and Likenesses

Kansas Joins List of States with a Proposed Bill to Allow College Athletes to Be Paid for the Use of Their Names, Images, and Likenesses

Joining 28 other states, Kansas now has a pending bill that would allow college athletes at Kansas colleges and universities to be compensated for the use of their names, images, and likenesses (NILs) and their athletic reputation.  Similar to the other pending bills and the law passed last year in California, Kansas’ bill (Senate Bill

Jon Dedon Featured in Kansas City Star Article on Medical Marijuana in Missouri

Jon Dedon Featured in Kansas City Star Article on Medical Marijuana in Missouri

Lawmakers in Missouri are still questioning potential conflicts of interest within the medical marijuana industry.  Over 800 medical marijuana applicants were denied over the past month, and the Missouri House’s government started hosting hearings to inspect the medical marijuana program.  The primary cause for the hearings is the issue among lawmakers, and conflicts of interest

College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation Is Moving Swiftly Toward Passage In Numerous States

College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation Is Moving Swiftly Toward Passage In Numerous States

States are continuing to introduce and move forward bills that would allow college athletes to profit from their names, images, and likenesses.  Bills have now been formally introduced in 27 states, with Louisiana and Connecticut joining the list yesterday. In many of the states where bills have previously been introduced, legislators are having little trouble