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Justin Fielkow

Justin is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group, a boutique law firm with an emphasis in civil litigation, in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He has experience in various state and federal civil litigation matters, including obtaining favorable verdicts at both trial and arbitration. Justin also represents businesses in the sports and entertainment fields, by consulting for and providing an array of legal services to sports-related organizations, including fantasy sports ventures and players associations or their employees. Outside of practicing law, Justin writes for Rotowire, both as a featured legal columnist in an article titled Fielkow’s Law, which analyzes legal issues and their impact on fantasy sports, and as a beat writer covering fantasy football. His articles have appeared both online and in Rotowire’s nationally-distributed, seasonal magazine. Justin graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2012, with a Certificate in Sports Law. He also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining undergraduate degrees in both economics and history.

From Fantasy to Reality: The Evolution and Legality of Fantasy Sports

The popularity of fantasy sports has exploded in recent years, particularly with the emergence of "daily" games. But how did we get here? And more importantly, is it even legal?

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The Final Fight at the Friendly Confines?

It finally happened. After beating around the bush for years – including multiple lawsuits against the City of Chicago and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks – a group of owners that operate the rooftop seating clubs on the buildings behind Wrigley Field sued the Chicago Cubs and chairman Tim Rickets in the Northern District of Illinois. The Rooftop Owners allege a number of claims stemming from the Cubs’ ongoing, Wrigley Field “expansion” project.

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MASCOT WARS: CUBS RESOLVE TRADEMARK DISPUTE WITH ‘BILLY CUB’ FOIL

On July 18, the Cubs filed suit against a group of people they claim to have been dressing in a bogus mascot costume and participating in “inappropriate and unsavory actions” near Wrigley Field, including charging fans for pictures and instigating bar fights. In a federal court ruling dated September 29, the Cubs and the Weiers reached a settlement of their dispute.

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It’s Better to Be Right Than First: Why the Commissioner’s Exemption List is a Bad Idea

Here’s the thing about the Peterson situation: the only place he’s been convicted is in the Court of Public Opinion. In its rush to serve up its own form of vigilante pseudo-justice in the wake of intense media and public scrutiny, the Vikings and the NFL seem to have forgotten one of the basic tenets of the legal system: it’s better to be right, than first.

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The Unfriendly Confines: Rooftop Owners Sue the City of Chicago and Commission on Chicago Landmarks over Wrigley Field Renovation Project

After months, if not years, of posturing, the owners of the rooftop buildings standing tall behind the cozy confines of Wrigley Field finally filed suit to prevent the Chicago Cubs from breaking ground on their long-anticipated expansion project. But, the rooftop owners are going about it in a wholly unexpected way.

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Putting Down the Pom-Poms: NFL Cheerleaders Fight for Minimum Wages

Cheerleaders for five NFL teams have filed suit in the last year alleging violations of state and federal minimum wage laws. Do they have a case? What will they need to prove in order to receive back pay and even liquidated damages?

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Betting the House: New Jersey’s Governor Goes All-In Against PASPA

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has his way, the next time New Jersey hosts a Super Bowl, fans may be able to walk down the street and drop a wager on their favorite NFL team before the big game. Christie’s dream, however, has faced numerous speed bumps, and with his options dwindling, Christie made one final effort, pushing all his chips in the middle of the table.

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Down in Front! Chicago Cubs Threaten to Block the View From Nearby Rooftops

Ever since Wrigley Field opened in 1914 folks have tried to get a peek inside the ivy-covered walls for free. The owners of rooftops behind the stadium’s outfield capitalized on that, selling tickets to rooftop stadium boxes with the enticement of unobstructed views into the Friendly Confines during Chicago Cubs’ home games. In 2002, that all changed. “The free ride is over,” said Andy MacPhail, the Cubs former president and CEO. “The rooftop owners take in as much as $10 million a year by selling seats to view our games. We do not believe the rooftop operators are entitled to profit from our names, our players, trademarks, copyrighted telecasts and images without our consent.”

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