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Pokemon Stop: Gaming Sensation Raises Potential Legal Issues

Authored by Christopher Powers, Summer Law Clerk

As you may have heard, Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, including Central New York.

Pokemon Go is a downloadable mobile app where players try to find different characters from the popular Japanese cartoon and video game on a virtual map based on a user’s actual surroundings. The app uses GPS and other geolocation features on a user’s smartphone to places the virtual characters at local landmarks. Then, the player then must go to the place and use traditional gaming techniques to “capture” the character. Pokemon Go was released on July 7, and has become a worldwide sensation. Within a week, the game already had been downloaded more than 10 million times, according to CNN.

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Even if You’re Eligible for a Ticketmaster Refund, That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get It

Authored by Christopher Powers, Summer Law Clerk

This week, the new Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, N.Y., hosted one of the biggest concerts of the summer in these parts. The sold-out Dave Matthews Band concert was the first show of the season, and first ever sellout, at the new venue, which opened in 2015.

The kickoff of concert season coincides perfectly with the settlement of a major legal dispute that has implications for concert-goers, here in Syracuse and across the country, for months and possibly years to come.

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The Drones are coming!

With the holidays upon us, more people than ever will be receiving the newest drone models as novel and exciting gifts.  The U.S. Department of Transportation expects over 1 million drones to be sold this holiday season.  But what exactly is a drone, you ask?  A drone is an unmanned aircraft commonly referred to as a UAV.  The flight of drones may be controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently lists three categories of drones: public, civil, and recreational.

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Important Time Periods for New York Business Owners Contemplating Litigation

Perhaps you have seen commercials from personal injury law firms trying to convince you to call them immediately if you have been injured because your claim may be time-sensitive. While these firms are obviously trying to get your business, there is some truth in this type of statement. Virtually any claim you may have against an individual or entity has a “Statute of Limitations” attached to it, meaning the amount of time you have to commence a lawsuit before your claim is deemed time-barred.

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Advice for New Drivers

Two weeks ago my 16 year old son passed his road test and now enjoys what he calls “true freedom.”  Here is a summary of the conversation I had with him before his first “solo flight.”

DO NOT SPEED!  New drivers in New York State are on probation for six months. If you are convicted of speeding during the probationary period, your license will be suspended for six months.  When you get your license back, the six month probationary period starts all over again. If you are convicted of speeding during the second probationary period your license will be revoked (i.e., your driving privileges will no longer exist). In order to get your license back after a revocation, you need to wait out the revocation period and then repeat the entire licensing process, which means you will have to take the written and driving tests over again.

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