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Organizing events, running tournaments, and managing teams in esports involves various types of intellectual property, including the games themselves. Making sure IP is handled properly in your events is key to minimizing liability and maximizing success.

Here, we’ll discuss a number of potential IP issues in esports.

Types of IP in Esports

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The rapidly rising popularity of esports has brought with it a variety of legal issues. The industry as a whole involves such matters as contracts, IP protection, licensing, endorsements, sponsorships, and so on.

Whether you’re a player in an esports league, a content creator, a tournament organizer, or a game company, we at Hart David Carson LLP can provide the legal services you need to continue entertaining your audience with minimal liability.

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Many activities have some element of risk to them, whether it’s working out in a gym, going snowboarding, or enjoying a day at a water park. Typically, these venues will have participants sign a waiver, which ostensibly prevents the signer from suing if they get injured.

But what happens if you’re injured due to the venue’s negligence? How do you overcome a waiver in this situation?

The good news is in many states, including Illinois, waivers are difficult to enforce, particularly if they’re poorly written or overly broad. Overcoming a waiver in a personal injury case is often fairly simple.

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State and federal regulations require employers to post certain notices in plain view for their employees to see. The purpose for these postings is to make sure employees are aware of their rights under various laws, and failing to post them could have legal ramifications. Here, we’ll go over some of the labor law posters that Illinois employers have to display.

Illinois Posters

Most employers in the state of Illinois are required to display the following posters.

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When determining how much a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim is worth, one of the key terms used is “maximum medical improvement,” or MMI. Maximum medical improvement is when you have reached the maximum possible level of recovery from your injury.

Maximum Medical Improvement Defined

You reach maximum medical improvement when your doctor determines that you are unlikely to get any better in terms of recovery from an injury. In other words, you’ve completely stabilized. In workers’ compensation and personal injury law, that means the worth of your case can be tallied up since it’s then possible to determine:

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At times, it may be a good idea to have employees sign an employment contract prior to beginning work, but there are limitations to what employers can do with those contracts. Some terms may be difficult to enforce, while others may be flat-out illegal. Here, we’ll look at some of the common limitations of employment contracts.

Legal Rights and Regulations

First of all, it’s important to know that employers cannot have employees sign away basic substantive rights in their employment agreements. Contracts that do include these terms are likely to be overruled by a judge in the event of a dispute, so they’re best left out.

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As businesses open up, there is a risk of continued spread of COVID-19 in shopping areas, offices, and other commercial properties. As such, there may be cause for lawsuits involving illness contracted on businesses’ properties in the future. How viable these lawsuits will be is still unclear, but there will likely be cases where individuals can recover damages.

Property Owners’ Duty of Care and Coronavirus

The CDC and other organizations are constantly recommending new preventive measures to stall the spread of the virus, including guidelines for business owners. Given that property owners and managers have a duty to help make sure those who visit their properties are safe from harm, failing to follow those guidelines may pose a risk to their customers, tenants, and so forth.

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The estate planning process involves a number of uncomfortable topics, but it’s important to make sure you are prepared for the difficult matters involved. The following are seven of the most important questions to ask during the estate planning process.

1. How will my assets be distributed/passed on?

The first question has perhaps the widest breadth: how will your assets be distributed after you pass away? It’s important to have some vehicle for outlining how your property, funds, and other assets will be distributed among your heirs, whether they’ll all be passed on to a spouse or divided up among descendants.

High-risk transactions often require the use of paymaster and escrow services. People often have questions about escrow and related services, the most common of which will be addressed here.

Who Pays Escrow Fees?

When it comes to escrow fees, there is no set rule or law that dictates who should pay them. As such, it ultimately comes down to the terms of the purchase contract. Often, escrow fees are split evenly between the buyer and the seller, but there may be instances where one party may be able to negotiate for having the other party pay them in full.

Every year, nearly 13,000 people are injured by fireworks. Most of those fireworks are legal, though injuries may result from the negligent actions of another person. In those cases, there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Calculating the Worth of Firework-Related Injuries

Personal injury lawsuits resulting from fireworks include various types of damages. As such, if you’ve been injured by negligent use of fireworks, or if the fireworks used were defective, you may be entitled to the following:

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